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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 21st 2021

Almost everything here is affected by the volcanic soil, from the beaches to the crops, to the appearance of the geography. But perhaps, other than the famous Santorini wines, the food here takes on a distinct volcanic influence. Starting with vegetables, the unique aubergine or white eggplant is synonymous with Santorini. Though it is a little early for the white eggplant, the more familiar purple is used interchangeably. Other vegetables grown here include capers, cherry tomatoes, and favas, yellow split peas similar to lentils. My fava last night was served hot, more like a soup, with pickled capers, and some herbs. It was quite good and reminded me of hummus. The tiny tomatoes here are very sweet, and much tastier than the larger tomato varieties. Thie cherry tomatoes are made into tomato paste with capers, olive ... read more
Grilled fish
Lamb ribs
Greek yogurt with kidoni

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 20th 2021

As I first began my research for visiting Santorini, one feature sang out to me. It was the fabulous wines of Santorini. Most of us drank some cheap retsina in college. And I had the benefit of learning about Mavrodaphne from my friends at Lola in Seattle. In fact, I have a few bottles of Mavro here at home. But I am learning that Santorini is perhaps one of the best wine growing regions in Greece, and the greater Mediterranean region. Some go so far as to say it is the Greek version of Napa Valley! After all, the Greeks have been making wine here for over 3000 years. Santorini has about forty native varieties of wines. And rather uniquely, the vines lay low to the ground, in round baskets made from the canes, to protect ... read more
Vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine
Argyros Winery, my favorite

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 20th 2021

The sunsets in Oia are described as showstoppers. Oia is on the northernmost tip of the island of Santorini. It was once a center of trade in antiquity. The big earthquake of 1956 changed everything here. Restoration work has restored the beauty of the town and area. The downside to Oia is the cruise ships, which hopefully will not show up until I am back home. They say the sunsets draw people to Oia like a magnet. But I also hear the village is cute, and the food is superb. Buses leave my hotel area, Fira, twice every hour for the 15 minute drive to Oia. But it is a three hour walk if anyone chooses. Not me! The 5 minute drive to Fira village is free on the hotel bus, but 10 Euro in a ... read more
Purple sunset
More sunset

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini May 19th 2021

Before taking this trip, it seems almost everyone is an expert on Santorini. After all, it is a small island in the Aegean, though inhabited by less than 16,000 residents.Traveler 365 has an interesting list:Santorini receives over 2.2 million tourists a year, though the last year was hardly negligible.There are more churches than houses here, though many of the churches are small and private.Wine is more plentiful than water here, due to the dry climate.Santorini is the only inhabited caldera in the world.I like this, over 100 varietals of grapes are... read more
Santo Wines
Another sunset
Apostolos, owner of Stamna in Fira!

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
One of two pools
Yes, the water

Europe » Greece » South Aegean December 2nd 2019

2019 11 Rhodes Island, Greece 11-11-2019 Rhodes Island, Greece Rhodes la dao lon nhat cua Greece rong 1,400km2 co 115 ngan dan song tai day. Rhodes noi tieng nho co Colossus Of Rhodes one of 7 wonders of Ancient World. The Medieval Old town la Unesco site. The US state of Rhodes island duoc dat ten theo dao nay. 79km long va 38km wide. Du thuyen den port Mandraki dao Rhodes luc 8AM. Vi du thuyen daub en canh Colossus nen toi di den colossus de dang. Colossus duoc xay vao the ky 14. Voi Grand mastrers palacechua dung French va Venetian Furnirure voi floor mosaics. Noi day dung nhu la Portess duoi thoi ky chien tranh va noi cu ngu cua cac anh hung trong thoi binh, Avenue of Knights la noi cu ngu cua ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Kos October 7th 2019

As we had been anchoring out quite a few nights in a row and our next stop was going to be the last one in Greece before heading to Turkey we thought we’d book into the marina in Kos. We made contact with them to make a reservation and found out that we could stay at the marina on Thursday night, and would have to move out the next day as they fill up with the bareboat charter boats that return after being on their week’s vacation. With what we were seeing in weather predictions we figured we might have to stay a few days. We wondered if it was worth going to the marina, but decided that it would be nice to get a “Hollywood” shower and get a chance to wash the boat down. ... read more
On Our Way to the Island of Kos
Standing in Greece, Looking Over at Turkey
A One Night Stay in the Kos Marina

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Syros October 2nd 2019

We left Itea at 6:55 AM on September 25th with 2’ waves and clear skies as we were headed to the Corinth Canal today. You must call the canal authorities when you are near the entrance in order to find out when you will be given permission to go through the canal. This is due to the fact that there is only one way traffic allowed. With not knowing how long we would have to wait for permission we wanted to leave early enough to give ourselves a buffer of time to make the passage as well as find an anchorage for the night once we were through the canal. We had an uneventful trip to the canal entrance, although it was a little bit “rocky” as the waves continued to build and they seemed to ... read more
Taking the "Red" Route to the Corinth Canal
The Canal Entrance From the West
Notice the Height of the Walls of the Corinth Canal

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 14th 2019

My apologies to all my friends who think I have “un-friended” them due to non-receipt of my travel blog. Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for me) I have been too busy on holiday to actually sit down and write a witty blurb. That and the severe lack of affordable Wi-Fi on the cruise are to blame. Finally I can update you on our travels… So the normal check in fiasco happened in the security screening area of Sydney Airport. I checked the limit of fluids for check in baggage and thought common sense would prevail. But alas, no, the very stern man in a uniform wagged his finger at me and showed me my brand new $12 Sensodine toothpaste and said “over the limit!” Wait, what? By 10 mls. Can you believe it? 10 lousy mls. ... read more

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Milos July 22nd 2019

Back to the rocky ferry trip that I was supposed to write my Santorini blog on. I had to endure two hours on this ferry feeling as crook as a dog! Is that Australian enough for you? I shut my eyes the other way and talked my way through the nausea and prayed to God to get me to Milos without losing my lunch and setting the other passengers off like a row of dominos purging into the paper vomit bags. As He normally does, He gave me the strength to arrive on land in Milos without throwing up. It took about an hour to feel normal again just in time for hotel check in. I arrived in the port of Adamas- Milos and took a taxi to the town Pollonia. I noticed immediately, well felt ... read more
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