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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini December 1st 2012

December 1st- Saturday in Santorini - Very quiet day here. I’m sure glad I came during the off season. The streets, stores, restaurants, and walkways are all not crowded. Indeed I had the walkway along the Caldera almost all to myself. The volcano is quiet and hopefully it will stay that way a few more days. December 2 – Oia – I caught the bus out to Oia today. The main thing I learned was it wasn’t worth the trouble to catch the bus out to Oia. Not much there but a lot of shops and restaurants that are mostly closed for the season or because it is Sunday. I think Fira has Oia beaten hands down. I should have went to the Red Beach and Ancient Akrotiri instead. I had planned on taking the boat ... read more
Main Street of Fira
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini November 30th 2012

November 30 –Friday - Athens to Santorini – I’m here at the airport in Athens getting ready to board in a bit. They have an hour free internet but no plugs so I am running on battery and have to be brief. I checked out of the hostel and took the Metro to the Airport. Going to the airport requires a special ticket which cost €8. Luckily for once somewhere in Europe has a ticket machine that will take bills. Although this time I took my precautions and went by a bank yesterday and made sure to have €20 in coins to use if I had to. I gave away a jacket which was a bit heavy I bought because of a hard sell Greek merchant and left some other stuff. It’s a good thing because ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini October 24th 2012

Well as you know we love Santorini and were there just for a short time this day. It's one of the two ports that we call into twice. So we added to the glass collection for the kitchen/lounge area - which will be sent home with the other purchases... for those who are curious enough to see them - you need to come and visit us! We wandered around some walkways - not to call them alleyways... seems to have a different connotation.. and looked in some jewellery and other shops and then decided it was lunch time - we stopped at a nice restaurant on the hillside but they didn't have wifi. So we went around the corner and asked the same question and they said yes upstairs.. so we trudged upstairs to find it ... read more
Aegean Sea from cliff top
Night time at Santorini

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

The next morning we arrived at Santorini and again we went by tender to the port where we had the choice of going up to Santorini the town by donkey up a steep slope or by cable car - it was a no brainer! Four ships had come into Port at the same time so we had to line up for the cable car but as it took 36 at a time - 6 in each of the 6 cable cars the wait wasn't for long. It's been 13 years since I last went to Santorini and it was lovely to be there again and show John what it was like. Once we reached the top - you could smell the donkey's dung .... anyway we wandered around the town just a little before we came ... read more
Donkey trail to the top
One of the main shopping areas

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 29th 2012

We made it all the way down to Athens, and after a bit of a drama finding somewhere safe where someone could look after BFG for a week, we hopped on a fast boat to Santorini. It was a bit of a choppy crossing and we were so glad to arrive without needing sick bags! We had a wonderful week based in Kamari with a hag night (stag and hen) at a winery and retro bar complete with a Bowden quiz. The wedding ceremony was stunning, taking place on the cliff face of Fira at sunset. Us bridesmaids enjoyed some spa time with the bride to be during the day and the boys went off on quads, luckily there were no accidents before the wedding. We also enjoyed a day out on a boat to visit ... read more


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

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 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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