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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini July 6th 2012

Santorini ist eine wunderbare Insel, sicherlich ene der Inseln mit dem besten Ausblick das Meer überhaupt! Und den besten Sonnenuntergängen! Die Klippen am Rand der Caldera sind bis 300 Meter hoch, die Doefer liegen wie auf den Rand der hohen Klippen geschneit und die Hotels und Häuser kleben am Rand.... read more
Blick von Firostefani auf das Meer
Fira, Santorini
Vanilia Restaurant

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira July 5th 2012

To me, Mykonos is just okay. It's extremely beautiful, and the town is fun to get lost in, but if it honestly wasn't for nearby Delos I probably would've skipped over it and gone maybe to Naxos or Paros instead. Mykonos is just too hung up on its party animal image, which is a shame, because it has so much more to offer. Same reason why you can't spend more than 3 or so nights in Vegas. The appeal wears off fast when there's nothing really beneath it except money. So I wasn't really upset to take the 2:55 ferry about 3 hours farther South to Santorini. This was on a far smaller vessel, a catamaran, that can go super fast over the water. Added to that, we only made one stop, on Paros. Got in ... read more
Up the Cliffs from the Port
View Down Towards Fira
Finally at Fira

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini June 17th 2012

Sunday 17 June, 2012 Santorini, Greek Islands Up on deck early today… I didn’t want to waste any part of this day... it is a dream come true. When I trained as a travel consultant (a lifetime ago) and laid eyes on my first picture of its blue domes, white-washed houses and clear sky that went forever, I knew I would one day visit Santorini. I was very fortunate to have the same couple join me at my breakfast table that joined me yesterday. They invited me to spend the day with them. Perfect, I thought. I really would prefer to share this experience, and these were like-minded people looking forward to Santorini just as much as I. So we boarded the tender with much excitement. Again, today was very hot, so ... read more
Santorini, early morning light
Going ashore and loving it already!
Santorini cable car

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira May 14th 2012

Everything I have ever heard about Santorini was great, so I don't know why I was so surprised by it's incredible beauty. I guess describing it to someone who has never seen it is like describing the Grand Canyon: it's just too big for words but I'll try my best. We tendered into a remote dock on the south end of the island early this morning. And I guess I can sum up the Santorini philosophy by telling you that the first place we went was a winery. Imagine doing wine tasting at 9am in the morning! It turns out that 70% of the island is covered in vineyards and they only export 40% of the wine produced there. So apparently wine is an appropriate drink for anyone at any time here. And of course it ... read more
View of the caldera from the winery
Greek orthodox church in Oia
Inside the church

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini October 18th 2011

Well, once again Iv neglected this blog for afew weeks with the combination of being tired/busy and no decent wifi signal, but here in Santorini they believe in good wifi. So in the past few weeks, instead of giving full descriptions Im just going to list the cool things we've done and if you have any specific things you want to know just ask rather than making me sit here for 3 hours typing them all out in one go on here. Taxi racing in Istanbul, then 3 hours in a streetside bar watching some locals dance and try to impress us, then having 3 kebabs before we went back to the ship (Turkish kebabs are AWESOME) Going to the Lido beaches in Venice at 1.30am for several hours, having a drink/singsong, paddling (the sea was ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira September 27th 2011

Good morning from Santorini It's another perfect morning here on the Greek island but unfortunately we are heading back to the UK today flying out at midday so our time here has come to an end. We then only have 1 more full day before flying back to Oz so our trip has nearly come to an end and it has been absolutely fantastic. We have spent the last 3 days in Santorini with our wonderful friends Katherine and Bryan and have had a ball even though we have eaten our fair share of Greek salad with feta cheese and tzatziki!! So back to the UK by 3.30pm staying at the Crown Plaza in St James, just around the corner from Lizzies place! Then we have an early morning start for our whirlwind day trip to ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira September 26th 2011

Yassou! Or G'day in Oz, we are now enjoying the liveliest of weather and locations on Paradise Island called Santorini, it is absolutely stunning. We arrive in the early hours of Saturday morning after a 3 hour plane trip to Athens leaving Heathrow at 10pm and landing in Athens their time at 4am! Then a short 30 minute flight to Santorini, unfortunately it was still dark coming into land so we couldn't see the true beauty of the place. We were picked up by our host of the villa we are renting and woke Katherine and Bryan up. The villa was superb, authentic white stone cave with a balcony overlooking the ocean. We had a very relaxed 1st day exploring the island in our rental car, then a beautiful dinner in the local traverna eating some ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 24th 2011

GREEK ISLANDS Our whirlwind Greek Island tour continued today with a visit to Crete followed by one of the iconic Greek islands – Santorini Crete had a good business/retail centre and we weren’t on an organised excursion so we had plenty of time to have a look around. There were lots of character buildings and a couple of nice squares where you could sit and watch the world go by. It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours without being sensational. SANTORINI From there we sailed to Santorini one of the most famous of the Greek islands and one we were really looking forward to visiting. There are two ways of getting off the ship, sometimes it docks at port and others where the harbour is too shallow we take tender boats. Small ... read more
Santorini Streets
Sensational Santorini Sunset

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira September 19th 2011

Leaving the campsite (7/9/11) Motorcycles don't hold much stuff... or at least they shouldn't. However, ours had become a rather unhappy exception to that rule. In fact, so much so that when we pulled up to say goodbye to the campsite owner I nearly toppled over sideways. Catching the hem of my boot on the footpeg didn't help. Note to selves: must reduce the luggage! First stop - a lesser known Italian Lake (7/9/11 - 9/9/11) Having survived our somewhat unwieldy ride over the Simplon pass we finally arrived at our first stop by one of the lesser known, but surely the most beautiful of the Italian lakes. We set up camp, and the trip had officially begun. In the morning we went through the luggage to see what we could get rid of. What ... read more
Tanja cooking
Akro Corinth
Lion's Gate Mycenae

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Perivolos August 20th 2011

We arrived in Santorini and immediately fell in love with it. The bleach white buildings with the sky blue domes are something that I thought only existed in postcards, and not something that I would ever see. We landed at the airport and upon arrival, realised that our transfer bus was not there and didn’t look like it was coming. Luckily, there was a man named Alex who knew about this and he took us and some other tourists in place of the transfer. €20 and half an hour later, we arrived at our hotel in Perissa Beach, on the south side of Santorini. Perissa is famous for its black beach which is unlike anything you have ever seen. We settled in to our hotel which was a vast improvement from Crete. Although all that was ... read more
View from Thira
The Caldera

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