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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Perivolos September 5th 2010

Our day began at 4.20 a.m. Yes, 4.20 a.m. Why? Because we had to catch the bus out of Hania, Crete, to get to Heraklion port in order to catch the 9.45 ferry. But, so, we did it. Arriving at Santorini port was an experience. We had read about the domatia touts who descend on you like seagulls on a crust of bread. And is is very daunting. They all talk at once, one of them had hold of my arm.... I just looked at John who was standing watching this whole scene of his wife surrounded by manic Greeks. Why wasnt he rescuing me??? So I just barged through the lot of them into a wonderful man who showed me a delightful looking villa, 30 euros per night, with swimming pool and air con. What ... read more
Santorini Port
The view of the Caldera

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 2nd 2010

Wow! We've just spent 3 days in Santoini and it is beautiful. Location, Location, location! They've built on top a very steep cliff - not easy to get to but the view at the top is spectacular. We continue to be typical tourists- volcanoe hike, sunset at Oia (with several hundred other people), the black sand beach and a little shopping, pool time and eating well. We head to Crete today. Nous avons passe 3 jours a Santorini et c'etait absolument superbe. Nous avons monte sur un volcan, regarde le coucher de soleil a Oia, (pas facile de se faufiler a travers les centaines de touristes mais ca en valait la peine), profite de la plage noire, magasine, piscine, mange, etc... Nous sommes des vraies touristes quoi! Prochaine dstination l'ile de Crete.... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 1st 2010

Pulling into Santorini by boat is a spectacular sight. With the white-painted towns built into the dramatic and steep brown cliffs, it evoked memories of the Cinque Terre. The old port is right at the bottom of one of these cliffs and Kyriaki tells us that there are only three ways to get to the town of Fira at the top - by cable car, by foot, or by donkey. We all take the easiest option first time around as we headed up for Kyriaki's tour of Fira. The view at the top is absolutely stunning. Originally a volcano, it erupted some 3600 years ago in what is one of the biggest volcano eruptions ever recorded. The eruption caused the volcano to sink into the sea, leaving only the crescent-shaped island of Santorini. The cliff-top view ... read more
Greek Dome
Red Beach

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 25th 2010

Before I start, let me say sorry for taking so long to add this entry. Summer went by, fall has began, and only now I am posting this entry on our last leg of our trio to Greece. My biggest excuse: There were too many pictures and too little time, and than, I got way too busy. Although the place is incredible for pictures, there were too many tourists, and the only ones I was interested to take photos of were my kids, of course. So, a great opportunity for family and friends to see them. So, here is a short entry followed by a ton of pictures. Go directly to than if you prefer. Our high speed ferry stopped at the islands of Mykono and Naxos, which I had visited many years ago, and also ... read more
My take of the Sunset in Oia, Santorini
In Santorini with Amanda & Gugui
Oia with a touch of color

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 12th 2010

Two down, one to go… Santorini is the last island of our little mini-adventure and if I’m honest probably the one that we had the most expectations about - given that we’d been putting away any spare cash from our daily budget into a ‘Santorini Fund’ so we could afford to do more things in Santorini, well it isn’t the type of place where you can be a beach bum! We took a taxi to the port in Naxos to catch our final ferry, with yet again the obligatory additional person picked up en route… Not so many people seemed to waiting for the ferry to Santorini, so there was plenty of room under the shade of the hut (avoiding the French school kids saying goodbye to their holiday romances!). We boarded the ferry, which was ... read more
View from Oia to Fira
Sunset watching at Oia
Santorini's caldera


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
Photo 23

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

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