Órmos Firón

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  • Day514

    Santorini photos

    September 11 in Greece

    While in Santorini we didn’t have a lot of time but we saw Thira the main town and walked down to the old harbour passing all the donkeys, I suggested to John we could walk back up but ‘no way’ was the response so we used the cable car, funicular to get back up, without our overnight bag I might have given it a go but would definitely have been dripping at the top.

  • Day514

    Santorini Thira

    September 11 in Greece

    Well it was a lot more blowy on Sunday when we woke in Aliki but the trip along the south coast of Paros went well as sheltered, as did the east coast section but then we had to cross to Naxos, not so nice! We got there OK but there were a few bangs as the bow landed, on arrival we radioed as per pilot book instructions no answer Umm so after waiting for a few condor sized ferries to unload and load we headed around and into Marina to get what we thought was a brusque brush off from the harbour master ‘ you haven’t called why not no place no to anchorage place and call after 6pm?’ Oh dear not looking so good, we had looked for email and phone number but nothing on internet or in our books. We sat in the bumpy anchorage spot considering options, ferry and hotel non refundable this close to departure but if the harbour master didn’t find a spot 6pm was late to try to reach somewhere more sheltered. We decided to risk waiting, fortunately when John called at 6 pm there was a spot not a great one but better than the anchorage and he would find a better space in the morning, thank goodness looked like Santorini trip was on.
    After we tied up with 7 ropes we decided to go and have a well earned drink, while doing this another yacht came in and moored up alongside us, we popped back to make sure everything OK, move dingy so they could get round etc. In the morning they bought us pain au chocolate as a thank you, much appreciated by me!
    The harbour master came around 9:15 and we negotiated another mooring and managed to move without to much bother, alongside boat also moved as a super yacht was due to arrive and go where we were. So another mammoth rope tieing session and John was happy, we secured boat and headed to ferry ⛴.
    Santorini is three quarters of a caldera, the rim of an old volcano with steep sides on the west, sloping gently to the sea on the east it is touristy a bit like Mykonos but not as ‘in your face’ and the views are stunning. I will put photos here and on next post with little or no writing as can only have 6 per post.
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  • Day3


    September 13 in Greece

    Heute haben wir eine Tagestour auf die griechische Insel Santorini gemacht. Morgens ging es bei starkem Regen und Gewitter (was gestern abends schon los ging) von Heraklion mit der Fähre los. Nach zwei Stunden auf der Fähre war auf der Insel bestes Wetter.

    Das erste Ziel war das Dorf Ia. Die Orte auf der Insel zeichnen sich durch schmale Gassen und weiße malerische Häuser, die sich direkt an den Klippen befinden, aus. Auch hier auf der Insel gibt es wieder unzählige Kirchen, orthodox und katholisch.

    Insgesamt ist die Insel durch Trockenheit gekennzeichnet, es regnet im Jahr nur einen Monat lang. Trotzdem wächst hier hauptsächlich guter Wein, Pistazien und Kapern. Die teils rot und schwarz gefärbte Landschaft sieht sehr steinig aus. Dies liegt mitunter daran, dass bereits ein Vulkan (Kolumbus) im 16. Jahrhundert ausgebrochen war, der große Teile der Insel zerstörte und ein über 1200 Meter tiefes Loch (jetzt mit Meer bedeckt) hinterließ.

    Passend dazu gibt es in dem Ort Kamari, unserem nächsten Ziel, einen Strand mit schwarzem Sand, der durch Vulkangestein entstand.

    Zum Schluss waren wir noch in der prächtigen Hauptstadt Fira, von wo man einen herrlichen Blick über die Kaldera hat.

    Today we've took a day tour to the greek island Santorini. In the morning during strong rain and thunderstorm (which already starts yesterday in the evening) we went off from Heraklion with a vessel. After two hours on the vessel we had best weather.

    The first destination was the village Ia. Most of the places on the island are characterised by narrow alleys and white scenic houses, which are located right at the cliff edges. Even on the island there are myriads of churches, catholic and orthodox.

    Overall the island is marked by drought, it only rains one month per year. Nevertheless there are growing mainly good wine, pistachia plants and caper bushes.

    The partly red and black coloured landscape looks very rocky. That's occasionally because of the volcano (Colombus), which erupted in the 16th century and destroyed big parts of the island. It left behind an over 1200 metres deep hole (now it's covered with the sea).

    Suitably there is a place Kamari, our next stop, with a beach with black sand, which was built from volcanic rock.

    At the end we've been to the magnificent capital city Fira, where you have a gorgeous view over the Kaldera.
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  • Day5


    September 26, 2017 in Greece

    I woke up feeling very sorry for myself, definitely too much alcohol last night. I tried to sweat it out at the gym but made it worse and decided to rest by the pool for a few hours.

    Eventually, I began to feel human again so we decided to explore Thira/Fira (not sure which name is more correct as it appears to have multiple spellings). Fira is the capital of Santorini located on the Caldera Cliffs and overlooking the volcano. It's full of winding streets and hidden pathways along the cliff face. Such fun to explore.

    We descended the 600 stairs down to old port. Navigating the donkeys and their poo. If you are prepared to pay, you can ride a donkey up and downthis slop. At the bottom there was beautiful clear blue ocean, some quaint shops and funnily enough some boats. It was then time to ascend... It was hard work and suddenly the sun was beating down, which made it hot and sweaty too. We also had to contend with herds of donkeys racing down the steps. We tried playing chicken with one heard of donkeys. We lost, one of the donkeys damaged my shoes (thankfully not my feet) and Nic was sandwiched between the wall and the donkey,with enough force to get airborne. I'm glad she wasn't hurt and didn't go over the edge. We made it to the top bit couldn't find stair 600, the highest we found was 588. I'm going to count the stairs back to our hotelas the last few steps.

    We had dinner at Classico Cafe and watched the sunset over the volcano. Just magical. To finish we found a dessert shop and tried some loukoumades (mini dounuts) and then meandered home.
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  • Day13

    Santorini in one day

    July 30 in Greece

    Heute sind wir ein Mal komplett über die Insel gedüst. Wir haben uns einen Quad gemietet. Ich bin noch nie Quad gefahren, werde es auch nicht mehr tun aber es ist das Touristenfahrzeug hier. Jeder fährt mit einem Quad durch die Gegend. Zuerst ging es zum Red Beach. Der war zwar voll mit rotem Sand und roten Felsen aber überfüllt mit Touristen. Ich meine ohne Touristen wäre Santorini nicht das was es ist, der ganze Blick über die Balkone am Hang hat man ja nur, weil hier lautet Restaurants, Hotels und Bars sind...aber diesen Strand hat's kaputt gemacht. Wir sind ja auch Touristen aber wir mögen keine asiatischen Toutisten , die sind immer laut und hektisch. Keine Ahnung wie René das in China aushält...danach ging es zum Black Beach, der uns so gut gefallen hat, dass wir hier etwas ausharrten, hier waren kaum Touristen. Zum White Beach sind wir nicht, da es auch super touristisch ist. Weiter ging es am Steilhang entlang Richtung Oia, ein super schönes Örtchen, wo wir die Cliff Diving Stelle nach über 200 Stufen gefunden haben. Es war einfach wunderschön. Zurück ging es an der Küste entlang nach Fira. Guido hat noch Sport am Pool gemacht, ich bin allerdings direkt rein, die Treppenstufen hoch waren genug Sport. Alternativ kann man die Treppen mit einem Esel meistern, aber das lässt unsere Tierliebe nicht zu. Abends haben wir uns noch ein Cocktail und etwas Wine mit einer wunderschönen Kulisse in Fira gegönnt, danach war ich leider nicht mehr fähig diesen Blog zu schreiben 😀Read more

  • Day14

    Heute haben wir uns für die von jedem angepriesene Bootstour entschieden. Zuerst ging es auf einen Vulkan der auf der gegenüberliegenden Insel von Santorini ist. Es ist ein aktiver Vulkan, der zuletzt 1950 ausbrach. Auf dem Krater, konnte man ein Loch buddeln und die Erde war kochend heiß. Außerdem roch es überall nach Schwefel. Aber das war echt interessant. Danach ging es in die Hot Springs, die leider nicht hot waren und dreckig von Vulkanasche oder war sehr rostig....aber das stand schon in den Internetbewertung, nur gibt's die Vulkantour nur in Verbindung mit den Springs. Zurück am Old Port hieß es über 560 Treppen hinauf steigen. Alternative Eselreiten oder Cable car für 6€ pro Person. Wir haben uns fürs Laufen entschieden...und auf den Treppen haben sich richtige Dramen abgespielt...."mum what kind of vacation is it here?"..."the fitness one"...."it's like a bootcamp mum"... ja sehr witzig auf jeden Fall. Manchmal ist es echt ein wenig gefährlich, weil die Esel einen richtig an die Wand drücken, wenn sie da lang gehen. Also man sollte schon fit sein und keine Angst vor Esel haben wenn man die Treppen hinauf laufen möchte. Danach hieß es für uns in die Unterkunft, welche die Kreditkarte glühen lässt. Unsere Gasteltern ( die unter uns wohnen) haben uns von der bus station abgeholt und zum apartement ist einfach viel besser als vorgestellt. Man muss es einfach gesehen haben. Kein Foto der Welt zeigt, wie toll es von hier oben ist...der Caldera View, der Sonnenuntergang, der Blick vom Whirlpool zum Meer...herrlich.Read more

  • Day9


    May 18, 2015 in Greece

    Santorini is BEAUTIFUL! I would move here tomorrow if I could! We started the day by getting on a boat and going to the active Volcano after we had walked to the top and back again we got back on the boat where we were taken around to the other side of the island where there were hot springs to swim in. After we had a swim we headed back to the old port where we were driven to Oia where we walked around, the white buildings with blue roofs and sat down for lunch with an incredible view. After we caught a taxi back to Santorini where we rode donkies up the side of the hill so that we could go shopping and ride the cable car down.Read more

  • Day70

    Santorini, Greece

    July 15, 2017 in Greece

    I had huge expectations for Santorini based on everyone else's comments and the standard blue dome photos you always see but our first night there we were really disappointed! It's beautiful, but so touristy, loads of cars and the water is so far away for water babies like us. We explored the main centre Fira and hired quad bikes to head to Amoudi Bay in Oia in search of some water. We climbed down hundreds of steps to reach the most beautiful clear blue water but there was no beach, only uncomfortable rocks to bathe on, and hundreds of stairs to climb back to the top! Nonetheless, it was water and we were so happy!! We didn't let our initial disappointment stop us and we did a bit more adventuring through Fira to find the Santorini we'd been looking for on the other side of the town centre we'd already explored! The hillside was covered in pastel coloured houses with soft edges, alleyways, flowers in full bloom and local shops. We then hiked along the coastline and over the hills from Fira to Oia in time for sunset, about 13km and 2.5hrs. It was one of the highlights of our trip and something I'd recommend to anyone going to Santorini!! We got to see a completely different side to the touristy island and take in some incredible views that aren't tainted by the thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. Sunset was pretty, nothing amazing and nothing compared to the views we'd see on our way there! I'm so glad we did the hike because it absolutely moved Santorini up in my books and I can leave the island happy we went there!Read more

  • Day21

    Santorini - rather nice

    October 9, 2017 in Greece

    We left a wet and miserable Malta and two short flights later arrived in paradise!

    Well, paradise for a few days, that is. We stayed in Fira at the slightly retro (but I don't think they mean to be) Hotel Atlantis, where the exact same breakfast is served everyday by a waiter who diligently recites the name of every dish as he puts it down on the table. On the plus side, though, the pool is very nice - although it was a bit cool when we were there - and the views are stunning.

    We were happy to kick back after three weeks of crazy busy sightseeing in Italy and Malta, but we did manage to see a few things.

    We walked down to the old port, dodging donkeys and their faeces and lots of cruise ship passengers, and had a delicious but simple lunch sitting right on the very edge of the wharf.

    We walked the ten or so kilometres to Oia, a more ambitious adventure but great fun also. It was a great mix of scenery, from the various luxury accommodations of Imerovigli and Oia to the barren and spectacular views over the caldera to the occasional whitewashed church. It was quite a lot of trudging up and down hills to get there, though.

    The weather has also been a bit iffy, quite windy and not as hot as we expected even allowing that it is late in the season.

    We've also had some terrific meals and have loved the atmosphere of this relaxed town with its incredible location.

    Well, R and R over, we've watched our last caldera sunset and are now en route to Athens to resume exploring. One more destination and this year's holiday comes to a close.
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  • Day3


    July 10, 2017 in Greece

    C'est le jour du périple sur le 2 mâts le Thalassa. Nous allons d'abord manger une petite salade grecque pour moi et une grosse glace pour Jm dans un petit restaurant à Thira qui présente une superbe vue sur la baie, le volcan et l’île, puis direction le vieux port de Thira en contrebas du village. Nous choisissons d'y aller à pied plutôt qu'en téléphérique. Les touristes se font proposer de monter ou descendre à dos d'âne. Autant dire que le chemin entier sent le crottin et qu'il doit y avoir peut être pas loin d'une cinquantaine d'ânes sur ce chemin. Nous arrivons en bas et nous embarquons sur le Thalassa. Première escale sur le volcan, encore en activité, que nous gravissons et d'où nous avons une magnifique vue de tout l'archipel. Seconde escale aux sources chaudes un peu plus à l'ouest du volcan, après un petit accrochage entre notre bateau et le bateau voisin qui détruit malencontreusement une petite partie de la proue de notre bateau, nous plongeons du pont, et en nageant un peu nous arrivons effectivement dans des eaux d'où la température peut monter jusqu'à 30°, certains se recouvrent le corps et le visage de boue orange, sans doute pour ses vertues. Au retour sur le bateau, mon maillot de bain blanc à l'origine sera devenu beige et difficilement lavable, imprégné par les particules oranges flottant dans l'eau sulfurique du volcan. 3ème escale près de la petite île de Thirassia, où certains s'octroient de nouveau un petit bain après avoir plongé depuis le bateau. Jm et moi ne plongeons pas, nous préférons sécher un peu et nous réchauffer avant le repas. Viens alors l'heure du buffet traditionnel grecque, nous sommes gâtés, patates, riz, brochettes de viande (Souvlaki), salade grecque, cheesie pie, et petit verre de vin blanc.
    Nous naviguons ensuite du côté d'Oia pour admirer le magnifique coucher de soleil depuis le bateau, sur une petite ambiance jazzy, moteur coupé, un membre de l'équipage accompagne cet instant avec son saxophone. Le soleil ayant disparu à l'horizon, l'expédition est cloturée par un sirtaki entre les membres de l'équipage et les passagers.
    Retour au vieux port de Thira à la tombée de la nuit, où nous attendent de drôles de personnages, les maîtres des ânes, pour nous proposer de nous ramener en haut à dos d'âne. Nous nous laissons convaincre et tentons cette expérience assez rigolote. Nous profitons arrivés là-haut de la très belle vue sur Thira illuminée, puis nous rentrons à l'hôtel.
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