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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 20th 2012

We were lucky enough to have four wonderful nights in Santorini. From the first time I saw Santorini, I knew I would love this place. Sailing in on the ferry, we saw Santorini with its white roof tops which from a distance looked like snow on the top. Santorini is quite a high island, which is probably why its sunsets are so well known. We got off the ferry and the port and like all the others it was a sea of madness; People, cars and signs everywhere. We soon found our transfer to our accommodation “Villa Toula”. The drive from the port to our accommodation was an interesting one. As the port is at sea level, we had to go on a zigzag road up to the top of the island. This makes being driven ... read more
The White Roof tops and donkey track, Santorini
The White Roof tops and donkey track, Santorini
Santorini Sunset

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 27th 2012

An early 05:30 flight from Athens to Santorini saw us exploring Thira before formal check-in. The Scirocco is down quite a ways from street level on the cliff (Caldera) and I'm grateful our unit is in the top half of the complex; not a disability or small child friendly environment. The weather cotinues to be very hot, can't recall seeing a cloud since Kiev. No sign of any afternoon thunderstorm but the cool sea breeze really springs up immediately the sun disappears. The apartment and location is simple amazing, most other places have some foreground distraction; the view here is really in your face - a real kickback/relax place. Couldn't get Lesia to try a mule ride or the fish that nibble your toes; got her on a scooter though. We toured the island for a ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 26th 2012

We arrived in Santorini late Sunday night and went immediately to our cave house in Oia. It had a private balcony with a view of the caldera. The next day, we explored Oia for a little bit, then took the bus to Thira. Both Oia and Thira have a maze of little streets to walk around. In Thira, we did a little shopping and checked out a couple of orthodox churches. In the evening, we had dinner and watched the sunset from the restaurant in Thira. The next day, Tuesday, we chilled out by the pool and took in the sunset at Oia. On Wednesday, we had booked a buggy to drive around Santorini, but we changed it to an air conditioned car because it was too hot. We then proceeded to Old Thira, with a ... read more
Oia
Oia at night
Terry and Anthony's Oia sunset

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 23rd 2012

Well, we've been spending the past week and a half bumming around the Greek islands and I have to say I am loving every minute of it. Sasha and I caught a red eye flight from Rome to Santorini, with a six hour stopover in Athens in the wee hours of the morning. What can I say about Santorini? It's everything you imagine when you see photos of it. It's magical, beautiful, captivating, and has that mysterious feeling about it. Sasha and I really hated leaving and had even extended our stay there by two nights, but that just wasn't enough for us, and we still talk about going back there instead of to Mykonos. That most likely won't happen. We made some great friends during our stay there and ended up having our own little ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 22nd 2012

Well, we arrived here in Santorini on the 19th (I think, the days are blurring together...) and are planning on being here until the 25th. We've already done quite a bit since being here. We checked in at about 6am and went to the beach out front here in Perissa and watched the sunrise. Quite beautiful! We then eventually got some breakfast down the road, and spent the rest of the day just lounging around the hostel as we were both quite tired. I unfortunately fell over with my big backpack on some brick stairs our last day in Rome and effed up my ankle pretty badly. It was the size of a tennis ball for quite a few days and has only just gone down, but I still can't bend it very well which makes ... read more

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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 18th 2012

Santorini We arrived in Santorini and managed to snag a double private room, I agreed not to cuddle Kel while we slept and then we were off to find Jem and Grace's accomodation. I followed Kelly's dodgy advice and navigation and we ended up in the entirely wrong direction. We finally turned back to town but were stopped by two girls on a quad bike as they asked the time, I eagerly grabbed my phone out to tell them and they said they couldn't hear me, just show me the phone. When they attempted to grab for it Kelly snatched my hand back and the girls took off. I immediately thanked Kel for saving me from getting my phone stolen. Arg I am so naive sometimes. We found our girls and headed into town for jewellery ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 4th 2012

Day 3. Kargi Koyu to Astypalia. Whilst not fluent in German I think I recognised some of the words screeched by “Bruno” and “Hilda” next door to us as the Meltemi picked up at about 0100 this morning and they swung into the path of recently-arrived gullet (a Turkish pleasure boat). Not knowing them we felt for them as the Turks were utterly non-compliant or interested as they had little option but to up-anchor and find somewhere else with echoes of “schiesse” as they disappeared into the darkness. Lisa was clearly pretty concerned as she rolled over and did slightly less than the Turkish protagonists. After that the wind blew still and we wrapped up a little yet still sleeping on deck until 0630 before we heard Dad putting on the coffee and it ... read more
Cameron up the mast tying on the ARC flag
Too hot to sleep below

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini August 4th 2012

04 Aug 2012 Last night we arrived in Santorini. This is an amazing spot. An island that literally blew its top 2000BC spelling the end to then Minoan civilisation on Crete, some 70, miles away as a 100m tidal wave swept the island of all existence. The crater, or caldera, is several miles across and small villages cling to the basalt clifftops. It is not a done deal as only as recently as 1956 a new landform appeared in the caldera. We moored up against it last night and tied to huge lumps of pumice! This morning we moved to main part of the island an Oia and climbed the hills well above the boat in the bluest of bays. The views from the rim of the caldera are quite astounding. The little Greek villas and ... read more
Large pumice - removes all the dead skin off your feet!
Swimming from the dinghy
Church on the top of Oia

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 16th 2012

We were stoked cos today we had almost a full day till we flew out so could have a day all of us just relaxing by the pool. We got up about 9am and wandered down to breakie to enjoy the buffet style again! Then togs on and down by the gorgeous pools! We started off in the shade actually skyping home – nanny, gramps, Janine and barry – to get all the local goss back home! J Then dad stayed in the shade and mum and I headed for the sun. It was so hot! Ben tells me apparently it was 37deg! So I didn’t last long between swims! I was in and out of the pool like a yo-yo! But was really nice. We then had a break from doing nothing after about 5-6 ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 15th 2012

We slept in until after 9am, we must’ve been really tired! After leisurely showering and dressing we wandered down to breakfast...a great assortment to choose from...bacon (quite salty tho) eggs, croissants, fruit, cereals, and a coffee machine...not too bad at all. After breakfast we were off...at least keith and I were off on a day trip on a boat...for someone who feels seasick on a boat moored at the harbour, not a great thought...but, armed with wrist bands that were supposedly going to stop the seasick feeling, off we went, leaving Rach to lie in the sun and catch up on some of the blogs. After being picked up in a bus, we had to weave our way down to the port to catch the boat, down a really steep, really narrow road on the edge ... read more
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