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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini »  Ia August 5th 2010

So the moment came, what I've been waiting for initially for this Greece trip... as the cruise ship stopped in the middle of the Aegean sea not too far from the port of the island of Santorini... we were all asked to head to the deck and boared another smaller ship. Well i must say, I was already liking it, other than the inconvenience of reserving a number for seats ahead of time and lining up with hordes of people trying to make sure they get on the smaller ship... it was all good. I mean when do I ever get to experience something like this... off from one huge boat and on to another smaller one... I just find small things like this fascinating.... As my friend and I boarded this small boat, luckily we ... read more
One of the many churches in Santorini
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 25th 2010

I am planning to do some island hopping around the Greek Islands in May and June 2011 for about 2-3 weeks. Does anybody know if I will need to book accomodation. I am fine with basic digs and happy with no set arrangements, but don't want to turn up to an island if I can't get a bed. Any advice greatly appreciated.... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 21st 2010

Breathtaking...amazing...pretty much there are no words to do this place justice. It is unreal. Santorini is one of those places that you see incredible pictures of in brochures and on postcards. Whitewashed buildings with bright blue trim all perched precariously on top of one another, only these ones are doing it 100+ meters above the water on the edge of a volcano crater. We stayed in the heart of Santorini....Fira. Fira is very much a laid back beach town with quads and mopeds everywhere. The roads are so narrow that everyone is either on those or walking on foot. We spent the first day taking it all in exploring the quaint and charming town and talking to some of the locals. We also ate at this amazing restaurant call was delicious! The next day we ... read more
Group Photo

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 3rd 2010

It was supposed to be an early start the morning we caught our ferry from Athens to Ios. Instead of waking up with time to spare, Alyx's alarm didn't go off and she was sick (yet again) with not much energy for a fast walk to the metro station about 15min away.So, we woke up an hour late and had to bust our asses to get to the port in order to not miss the ferry! they wait for no one!! Long story short we overshot the metro station and took a cab. We totally lucked out and got one of the only honest cab drivers left in all of Athens, so the charge to the port was only 8 euro after he took us to the wrong one and we walked on the ferry pretty ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 20th 2010

It’s my 17th day abroad and I am still in Greece for one more night. I stayed a bit longer than planned, but that was to be expected, wasn’t it? It’s hard to leave this heavenly place so I can’t say I won’t be back... Monty HAS to visit in this life after all... As I sit here next to the hotel pool in Rhodes (the largest island in the Dodecanese), writing this blog on a paper place mat and thinking back on the last week, all I can do is smile. :) Smile not just because the week was spent in Greece or because of the three lovely new girlfriends I met, but also because my “Greek dream” has finally come true. Anyone who has dreamt of being in quaint little towns set atop huge ... read more
The sisterhood.. Rubina, Media, Lena & Me
Its just like in the movies!
Greek dancing at Young Bar with Sam


Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 16th 2010

June 16, 2010. Appearing in countless postcards and glossy editorials, Santorini lives up to the hype and manages to take away the breath of first-time visitors and returning travelers alike. The island provides an otherworldly spectacle, with cobalt-blue waters coming face-to-face with the caldera's black sand, and whitewashed houses contrasting with the azure sky. It's a charismatic piece of paradise on earth, epitomizing the hedonism associated with the Greek island life. An enormous volcanic explosion more than three millenia ago authored this spectacular caldera, which is believed to have been a single island perched in the Aegean among countless others that form the Cyclades group of islands. Such cataclysmic event, legend says, helped in destroying a powerful ancient civilization; but it ironically paved the way for the creation of paradise. Santorini today draws people by ... read more
Cliffside Restaurant
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 11th 2010

It’s now Friday afternoon around 3:30 and I’m just about to get ready to head to a nearby town for sushi! I know some of you are thinking sushi in Greece?! But I’ve read a lot of reviews about this place, and it’s supposed to be amazing, and I’ve kind of been craving sushi this whole trip but haven’t let myself indulge because I knew I’d be having it here. Anyway, before I head out for sushi I’ll tell you about my last couple of days. Yesterday, for some crazy reason I was awake at 6:30am! So I decided it would be a good time to go out an snap some photos, and it was, there was no one around. I basically had Oia to myself, besides the store owners getting ready for the day. I ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 9th 2010

If there is one, I think I’ve found it! After spending less than 24 hours in Athens, Greece I hopped on a short 45 minute flight to Santorini, Greece…the most amazing place I’ve ever been to. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The sun is always shining, bright and hot, the people are amazingly friendly and the food is fantastic! I think I’ve found my new favorite place to be, and I’ll definitely be coming back here again, soon. Once I arrived I had a car waiting for me at the airport to take me to my hotel, or villa. It was about a 30 minute drive from the airport on narrow, winding roads but with incredible views the whole way. I had a “bell hop” waiting for me as soon as the car arrived and he took my ... read more
the sunset
i've arrived!

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 29th 2010

When you fly over the island of Santorini, it looks like a field of pepper sprinkled with salt on the highest and lowest points. The iconic white cities of Fira and Oia are the largest, with other beach-hugging cities spanning quite a size also. If you fly in on the low side and expect the island to be relatively flat considering what you’ve just seen. If you’re lucky enough to stay up on the caldera, it isn’t until your bus winds its way up to the hotel that you realize the opposite side is literally perched on top of huge cliffs that look out over the neighboring islands. It is only once we walk into the hotel and look out their reception window that we see this view. It is gorgeous and vast. Not to mention ... read more
The view from our suite
Dinner at the hotel
Sunset from the suite

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 26th 2010

Tried Greek, but this site doesn't understand! - (not a smart ploy in Turkey) "Πόρτες της Σαντορίνης" is here to follow as the Dveře of Staré Město Praha was such a 'door stopper!' I didn't go as crazy as I did in Prague, simply because the effort required to get to some of these doors is a lot more difficult than wandering down a laneway or back alley They are merely doors, but their beauty is individual! Each to their own...I'm sure we would like a few as our own entrances - who knows..? as there a few 'vacant' properties still available on Santorini (post 1956 earthquake) 'iyi geceler' for now..."goodnight friends"... read more
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My front gate...

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