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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
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Santorini 3

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

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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)

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 28th 2006

Hello all! Have been in Greece for the last few weeks, on the Island of Santorini right now taking it easy, here are some pics from the last month. Larissa... read more
Corfu
Interlaken Switzerland
Interlaken Switzerland

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 28th 2006

Samos Island: One Night So I arrived in Samos home to the Temple of Hera (The Alpha Chi's know what that's about!) but unfortunately I didn't have time to pay respects since I was just in town for a night. I got off the port without any accomodation set which I didn't really care cause I heard rumors that there are hostel runners who wait at the port like paparazzi with rooms ready. I get off the port...no hostel runners...not good. Luckily I booked my trip to Mykonos for the next morning at 6:30 am and the ferry bookers also booked my room in Samos for 18 euro... so I arrived to get a single hotel room right next to the water!! Amazing view...crappy room. The shower was pretty much over the toilet and the TP ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 25th 2006

Hi all, Sad to say , but our holiday has come to an end! We set sail at 8.45am tomorrow morning on a ferry destined for Athens! then we are on a flight at 8pm tomorrow night to Dubai where we stay overnight and then set off on our 16 hour flight home! yeh! Grant and Jen are coming to meet me! it will be so good to touch down at Sydney Airport! even though i have loved my time away the is No Place Like Home! In the last few days we have shopped, sunbaked and more shopping. ... read more




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