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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Paros July 11th 2007

Greetings from Paros everyone. We left behind the big city feeling of Athens (we enjoyed our time but we were ready to move on) for the “real Greek” feeling of the islands. “This is what I thought Greece was going to be like” (to quote more than one Connor child). Up at 5am, walking 5 blocks heavy laden with packs (one on front and one on the back - the kids received more than their share of smiles from bleary eyed Greek business commuters and yes Carol B we have to take lessons from you on packing lighter!!), we made our way by Metro to the port of Pireaus. Unlike B.C. ferries, there are 8 or 10 large ferries simply backed onto a slab of concrete serving as a port with a cars and passengers ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos July 11th 2007

Unfortunately this hotel does not pick you up at the port. (Ironically, it is by far the most expensive accomodation of my trip. Just one night here & then to Paradise Beach; they couldn't accomodate me there both nights). So I had to navigate the public bus, not too bad. Got dropped off in Mykonos Town, but then had to figure out the other bus to Psarou Beach; that was a bit of a challenge as Mykonos Town, by the waterfront, has a labrynth of streets; actually specifically designed that way to confuse marauding pirates. Of course, the heat of the day doesn't help. Anyway, got dropped off near the hotel & with some more pointing in the right direction, I got there 830 PM! A room with air conditioning! But again, the shower was ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 10th 2007

The island of Santorini. So many things to see and do... I found a room on the Parrisso beach youth hostel. My bed was in the room with another 24 people. However, It was a great experience. I met 5 Austrialian girls that I spent 2 days with. I also met other travellers from all over the world. The Parrisso beach is famous for its black sand beach. The send gets very hot during the day. However, there are tons of beach bars to cool off and dance to your favorite music day and night. Fira is a biggest city of Santorini and it has great night life and amazing views from hotels and caffees perched up on the volcanic cliffs. I took a boat cruise which took me to the Volcanic island that is ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 10th 2007

I arrived at Santorini as sick as a dog. Actually as sick looking as the homeless dogs that run around here with one eye and the shakes...almost as bad as that. Our boat reached port and I thought we had taken a wrong turn and ended up in Colorado or Arizona. Absolutely amazing cliffs and mountains, but not what I had pictured in my head. The second we got to Villa Marvalia I fell right asleep trying to undo the damage Ios had wrought. I woke up the next day not feeling too good so Melissa went to the beach without me and I went foraging for some tea and a good book to pass the stay at home day with. I couldn't find tea and everyone told me there was a pharmacy in the next ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Naxos July 8th 2007

Stood in a large crowd to get on the Blue Star Naxos Ferry; it's nicer than the first two GA Ferries I took. Only 2 hrs. north from Santorini to Naxos; it's a fairly big island. Docked & was greeted by aggressive hotel/studio/pension reps. trying to get people into their places. Fortunately my ride for the Hotel Soula was there; I transported over w/ a family from Sweeden. Again, you don't get much for $13-3 bunk beds with enough extra room for a 4th & there would be no where to move, so small. And not only is it also a phone booth size shower, but there's no curtain! What are these people thinking? Bunked with 2 other pairs from Sweeden. For those interested-there are 9 million Sweedes; their president is Frederick something & their ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 6th 2007

Hello Everyone, it's been awhile as we have been having some action-packed, crazy adventures but once again we have emerged unscathed and amazed by the places we've been visiting and people we've been meeting. Venice was a city unlike any other that we've seen. Floating on the water, it is rich in history, beauty and tourists. Before we arrived, we met people who assured us that the only way to truly appreciate this area was to explore it by water boat - so this is what we did. We enjoyed two days of wandering the unique canals by boat and getting lost in the streets while on foot. We managed to locate the most enormous, delicious pizzas known to Italy (and our tastebuds) and checked out the location where "The Italian Job" was filmed. When ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 6th 2007

Left Ios about an hour late; it took about 4 hours to get to Santorini which included some stops at other islands. Saw the spot where the boat wrecked (roped off by buoys so the oil doesn't leak all over) near Santorini a couple of months ago. Passed some cruise ships. Small port, but crazy busy when a ferry docks. The ferry carries cargo in its belly so trucks roll on & off; it's a big ship. & lots of locals either meeting you to take you to your place or trying to sell you a place for the night, so they all stand around holding signs & trying to solicit your business. From the port, you immediately climb up a steep road to the plateau of Santorini (forewarned ma, you probably won't like this ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 6th 2007

What about those Wallabies! Consecutive wins. Don't bother yelling down the line about second string Springboks because I've got my fingers in my ears and can't hear a word you're saying. The text messages updating the scores were not encouraging. 7, 14, 17 to nil. But then the mighty Wallabies, oops Penny is giving me that look which means I have to get back to the holiday talk. The Greek Islands were to be one of those hedonistic sections of our year. That's if it's possible to claim hedonism on our budget. Regardless of budget, the islands do lend themselves to kick back to the point of semi comatosed. Naxos and Santorini were the two islands we chose for our week of pseudo hedonism. Naxos touts itself as a "FAMILY" island. A couple of beaches ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 5th 2007

My whole family, reunited in rome...who would've imagined we'd be meeting again in Europe for a family vacation what a treat! Unfortunately they don't have the luxury of time quite like i do. To take in all the sites that Rome offers it was a packed few days, not much of a relaxing vacation like anticipated. Lucky for them, I'd already been and so research and oriantation was a bit easier! It was enjoyable for me to be their tour guide in a sence and give them a taste of my so called backpackers holiday....langage barriers, public transportation, hard pillows, soft beds, mouth watering foods, discovering the unknown, embracing new cultures, feeling lost only to realize you never knew where you were to begin with!!! All part of the every day!! Paying for toilet facilaties ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean July 5th 2007

Today we really had to make it. 80 nm to our next target (the island Poros) which would be close enough to get home easily on the next day. 80 nm means at least 10 hours of way, more likely 14. So we left Syros in the morning with the fog still hanging over the sea (bad weather was expected). As always only the skipper was to be seen the first few hours and we had to motor a long way. We passed Kythnos in the south and the crew woke up, wind grew stronger so we finally set the sails and were heading west with 7.5 kn. Sailing this long way can be really boring so Jeff put up a fitness workout once again (me and the boys we had been doing this every ... read more
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