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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 11th 2006

The next day I went for a walk through the streets and look at all the shops and the donkeys making their way through the steep winding hills as they made their way up the stairs... Sarah thought that there was an overwhelming smell of pepper, turned out to be donkey pepper!! Awesome view, awful smell!! Next day woke up and it was cloudy, after Arty told me that it’s NEVER cloudy in Santorini!! What’s going on there?!?!?! Had brekkie (with cake at the end!! Love holidays!!) and then to Maria to have the obligatory frappe who is just adorable and works so hard for 8 months of the year, 7 days a week!! Then off to the beach, so caught the bus to Perissa which has black sand and smooth rocks and the nice man ... read more
Sarah, Myself & Her Soufflé!
Arty
The Black Beach

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 11th 2006

The last 3 days have been spent in Santorini. Our hotel is beautiful. We can see the sunset from our 4 post bed and get served breakfast to our balcony every morning. I guess you could say we are living it up before we get to Contiki. We hired a quad bike and have been crusing the hills of Santorini. Yesterday we drove to Kamari Beach then Red Beach. Only just made it to a servo after driving for about 30 minutes with the petrol light flashing! Last night we drove around town and had dinner with some traditional Greek Music. Today we had a late start and then jumped back on our bike and headed for Perissa Beach. We ended up at the Taj Mahal Club on Perivolos Beach. We had sun beds with cushions ... read more
Kev on the Quad
Red Beach
Krista and the Caldera

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 6th 2006

Hi All!!! Well the start of the next adventure had finally arrived!! I hadn’t been excited in the slightest in the lead up to the trip as work has been twice as hectic as usual!! Mum took me to the airport and we had some lunch then it was finally time to go to boarding and my gate was half way to China, or at least it felt like it anyways! The minute I boarded the plane I knew that it was going to be all bad, there was absolutely no in-flight entertainment - I was sooooo cursing Thai Airways and my travel agent!!! (Just jokes Roh!) So I decided that there was only one thing to do ‘Make sleeping tablets my friend!!!’ I read awhile and finally fell asleep and woke up a few hours ... read more
Arty In Her House
The El Greco
Arty & I

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 29th 2006

Took a 45min ferry from Mykonos to Naxos then a 2nd ferry for 2hrs to Santorini. What can we say other than Santorini is out of this world and should be a "Must See" for everyone. No doubt this is a place for romantics and honeymooners first and foremost, but for us every day types, it's just fine thank you!! We stayed at the San Giorgio Villas (good location, extremely friendly management and cheap). For those that first lay eyes on the island of Santorini via boat, the first glance of it from a distance resembles a mountain range with snow capped peaks far far away. As you get closer and closer, you soon realize that those white tipped peaks are not remnants of last winter but the towns/villages that house the people of Santorini. The ... read more
Oia @ Night
Grilled Squid
Colorful Shop

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 29th 2006

Santorini is a postcard maker's wet dream. Everywhere you go you want to snap a new round of photos. The sunset itself attracts hundreds if not thousands of people to the town of Oia every night. Couples hold hands and sneak kisses. Families sit down to the dinner table overlooking the steep cliffs and the barnacle like houses that cling to it. I didn't know whether to watch the actual sun dropping into the ocean or to turn around and watch the canvas of white houses turn various shades of gorgeous as the light washed over them. So what does a single man do in such a romantic setting? The answer: He takes a lot of photos and then hits the bars immediately upon hearing the enraptured masses round of applause. Ideally, he meets some Spanish ... read more
Santorini 2
Santorini 3
Santorini 3

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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 18th 2006

Santorini had been a destination I had always wanted to visit, the beautiful architecture of the cyclade islands and the deep blue of the Mediterranean. Unfortunately our flight out of Heathrow was cancelled. It being the last flight of the night, meant that Mum, myself and Liani were put up at the Radisson Heathrow for the night, rather than arriving in Santorini the next morning. It wasn’t until the next afternoon that we finally got a flight out of London and were on our way. Because we hadn’t shown up for our connecting flight out of Athens, Aegean Air had cancelled our flights! Therefore we ended up having another night in Athens and getting a connection early next morning to Santorini. Upon arrival into Oia - the most beautiful and least commercial of all the villages ... read more
The view from our balcony
Blue haze
Mr Bojangles

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 14th 2006

It was our war torn livers that were most thankful of our escape from Ios to the scenic Santorini - an island somehow shaped by the biggest recorded volcanic eruption of all time. Santorini is said to be the most beautiful of the islands, a getaway from fast paced living with postcard perfect views; a romantic retreat where honeymooners hold hands, and sunsets are simply to die for : I ventured to Santorini with, Azz, and Alex the Frenchman. For the first time in 28 illustrious years, my Birthday was not celebrated with my family in Melbourne - and despite not getting a chance to cut the cake and make a wish, from what I remember (very little) - the boys ensured it was a memorable evening. Oia, at the far north of the island, lived ... read more
Not Bad
Oia
Birthday wishes

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 6th 2006

Ahh ... San-to-rini. Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it Santorini, which in German means a whale's .... but no I was just trying to impress you. Scholars maintain the translation was lost hundreds of years ago" (Ron Burgundy - Anchorman). Ok so no more movie quotes and I can tell you that Santorini is in fact named after Saint Irini, although the Greeks call the island Thira. Whichever name you use it is a superb island and perhaps one of the most stunning places I have ever visited. The island used to be much larger but it had the centre destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, leaving a ring of islands around a huge caldera. Lonely Planet reckons it was "probably the biggest volcanic eruption ever" and that the caldera it ... read more
Taken from the top of the Caldera
"I love life. I drive safely"
Born to be wild

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 2nd 2006

Arrived on Santorini around 4pm on Tuesday (2/8) It took about two and a half hours on the Blue Star ferry from Naxos to the island of Thira, commonly known as Santorini which is at the southern end of the Cyclades. It is a very popular island and quite dramatic island with steep rocky cliffs and villages perched on the top and dense clusters of colourful buildings. Along the way we past Paros, Iraklia (a small island on which Vangelis and Michele were married), and Ios. From the port at Athenios, we took a coach up the steep, narrow, and winding road to Fira where we changed to another which took us to our destination at Oia (“ear”). Again the transport was modern, comfortable, clean, and efficiently organised. It took us some little time to locate ... read more
Alexios and Katarina
Quick visit to the volcanic island
The village of Oia

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 1st 2006

Leaving the wind in Mykonos and arriving in sunny, calm Santorini was marvelous! This has always been one of our favorite Greek Islands in spite of the crowds and popularity. There are so many ways to detach yourself from the hectic pace and just truly enjoy what the island has to offer. One of the ways that we do this is by staying in the beach town of Kamari which is on the opposite side of the caldera portion of the island. There are fewer people, wider streets, flat terrain, and a beautiful black sand beach to enjoy. Mesa Vouno is the large mountain at the end of the beach which we love to hike. A paved switchback road takes us to the top of the saddle. From there stairs and a steep trail lead to ... read more
The caldera view from Fira
The crater (aka the Burnt Islands)
The town of Fira (aka Thira or Santorini)




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