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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 20th 2022

I have this sign on my study wall. Thus traveling to Santorini, originally called Thera, has been high on my bucket list. I blasted through the museum because they close at 3:30. I took lots of photos and will enjoy them when I get home. It was amazing to stand beside the real wall hanging or pithoi, rather than see copies in books or shops. I could touch the large pots on display (until the museum guarded yelled at me). *smile* When buying my ticket, I had a bit of an argument about the name 'Minoans'. She was adament that the people on this island were not Minoans. I guess everyone tries to claim, interpret and defend their ancient history. I bet she isn't even born on this island. *chuckling* We did agree that Minoans were ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 20th 2022

Today I put myself in that classic postcard view. I took the bus to Fira and walked over to the caldera view. OMG Stunning! I just had to have an expensive coffee on the edge of an expensive restaurant balcony. Then I ordered a Greek salad, to extend the stay, though the waitresses were uber friendly and would have let me stay. There were people waiting for these premier tables. It is surreal, sitting there, overlooking the caldera that exploded and destroyed the Minoan city. I wonder how many people know this history as they admire the view. A really sad fact is that over fifty percent of the people sitting in this beautiful balcony with outstanding views were on their cell phones. Freaks! What a sad lot. There was a girl around ten who sat ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira August 1st 2021

So, after spending nearly three weeks in Greece, I tried many wines. And I visited several wineries in Santorini, known for their famous Assyrtiko wines. BTW, it is pronounced "us-EAT-teeko" and has a definite "volcanic" taste, in other words, a quite pronounced minerality, for lack of a better term. Karen at Winespeed is spot on about this wine: Assyrtiko, the white wine that brought world attention to the stunningly beautiful volcanic island of Santorini, is made in several styles today. But my favorite has always been the original style—fresh, pure, bone-dry, and made without the merest trace of oak. Santo Wine’s Assyrtiko—from 60- to 80-year-old vines —is exactly that, a wine that captures the lemons-and-salt-air crispness that Assyrtiko is known for. Sparks of minerals and acidity light up the wine, making it extra delicious with seafood. ... read more
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On the cellar tour

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 18th 2021

Much like other tourist hot spots, location is often the key to meeting your tourist and sightseeing needs. Here on Santorini, the question comes down to Oia or Fira. Stay in Fira for nightclubs, restaurants and shopping. Fira is nonstop tourists, cruise shippers, and partiers. And amazing views. Fira has cheaper places to eat. Stay in Oia for a quieter, more artistic atmosphere, that will be super crowded at sunset for the hordes of viewers. Oia is fairly quiet the remainder of the day. Oia is more romantic. Guess which one I selected? That's right, Fira, in the heart of the action, of course. Both have great views. Tours leave from both places. Renting a car for wine tasting is easier in Fira. The airport is only 10 minutes away. Fira is more central, and easier ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 16th 2018

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira August 18th 2017

Time for this years European vacation. Something a little different this year, as I decide to go to Greece, and in particular, Santorini. I had a long day to get to Santorini, as I flew from Atlanta to New York to Athens to Santorini. Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I arrived. I booked ahead a transport from the airport to my hostel just so I would not have to deal with the buses, taxis etc.. After I depart the Santorini airport, I saw someone holding a sign with my name. This was a welcome sight, and I felt very relieved. The sign holder was not my driver, however the driver came there to greet and pick me up fairly quickly. Off to my hostel I go. We get near the area, and ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira July 31st 2016

6th July - 19th July 2016 The 4 or so weeks before we left for Greece were very stressful weeks. We had a huge decision on our mind on whether to leave the UK early to go home for a great job offer for Matt with his previous company or to keep living our humble lives in Edinburgh, travelling to Europe on the weekends. When we had decided that it was definitely the best decision to take the job, it still took a few weeks for it to be confirmed on the NZ side which meant a lot of uncertainty for us. This meant we only ended up giving about 1 weeks notice to our work as we had already planned our Greece trip and arranged annual leave for it, so we decided we would finish ... read more
Trio at Acropolis
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Me standing on Matts head

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira October 19th 2015

Deorro ft. Chris Brown - Five More Hours Thomas Jack - Rivers Pierce Fulton - Kuaga (Lost Time) ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira September 21st 2015

Une autre journée parfaite s’est achevée hier! On a commencé la journée relax en se prélassant à la piscine de notre hôtel, puis on est partis vers 12h30. On a attrapé un gyros chacun à 2,50 euros (!!!!!!!) à la place centrale de Fira, puis on a continué notre chemin jusqu’au téléphérique… On avait une petite croisière dans la caldera à 14h30. Il y a plein de croisières du genre à Santorini, donc plein de compagnies. La plupart des touristes achètent ça dernière minute directement à Santorini mais moi, étant la freak que je suis, j’ai fait des recherches… J’ai épluché Trip Advisor pour trouver le meilleur rapport qualité-prix, et je pense bien l’avoir trouvé! On a pris la compagnie Santorini Cruises avec le bateau Thalassa, et on a passé une journée extraordinaire. Ça ne pouvait ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira September 19th 2015

Je vous écris de notre balcon à notre hôtel de Santorini, Anatoli Hotel. On vient d’être témoin de tout un lever de soleil (il est 7h30). Notre hôtel est magnifique. On voit la mer au loin, une église dans chaque direction, il y a une petite cour avec citronniers et autres arbres fruitiers où on va prendre notre petit déjeuner fait maison, et c’est sans oublier la piscine dans un décor de rêve. Quelle belle vie! L’arrivée à Santorini en traversier est carrément magique. Jérôme avait vérifié la carte sur son cell donc on a pu choisir le bord du bateau avant que tous les touristes s’y garochent en masse à l’arrivée et qu’il soit trop tard. On a entre autres eu la vue sur Oia, THE village, celui qu’on voit photographié partout avec les toits ... read more
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