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Jun 16, 2015 - Last dinner with a view

We headed up the footpath this time to have dinner at a restaurant called Above and Beyond. After a couple wrong turns and a nice Greek gentleman who knows his way around, we found it! Once again we were surrounded by Chinese couples in wedding attire-but now we know the secret. In Chinese, Santorini means good luck, so by the thousands we hear, they come here to get married. Many of the locals have learned some Chinese to assist in capturing this lucrative business. It has been a wonderful, relaxing, romantic few days but now we are off to...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Wineries and other interesting stops and a photo overload!

Spiros picked us up at the reservation desk and we drove through Fira to the south side of the island to visit the archeological ruins named Akrotiri. They were discovered in 1866 at this site when the Suez Canal was being dug, they needed material to block the water. The digging lead to the discovery of the town and thus started the The island has documented history back to 3000 BC and in 1870 a french archeologist began excavations. Akrotiri was the center of Minoan civilization in the mid 16th century BC but there is evidence of...

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Jun 15, 2015 - A day of rest-and a bit about our "neighborhood"

Here are a few fun facts: Our hotel hosts the most popular spot for wedding photography. Each night there are multiple brides having photos taken from the roof of one of the suites. We are in a town called Imerovigli. We have been lost 3 times so far (all white staircases look alike apparently) and when asking locals if they can help, they have NO idea. Not incredibly reassuring. We said we are lost-they say "what's new"! Everything seems to be primarily white-we have decided that is because of the heat. It is HOT here! Or perhaps because...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Santorini, Greece

THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI, GREECE Santorini has been given the title of the most beautiful island in the world and it was a site to see. Personally I like Moorea in French Polenesia better. The ship anchored in the bay and we took a STEEP bus ride to the top. I wanted one picture of the blue roofed church which I got sort of, not the post card view you always associate with this island. The ride down hill in the life not for the faint of heart, getting you to bottom in 2 minutes at a rapid speed. 3 @ C Basil, Sue & Hunter

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Jun 14, 2015 - Our dangerous location

One has to be careful not to drink too much Ouzo when out for dinner or it could become dangerous in more ways than expected. I have photographed our stairs (75 in all) from the bottom to show how we climb out every time we want to leave..but then we have to come down (no railings, uneven surfaces and vastly different stair heights) to get back. It is an adventure!

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Jun 14, 2015 - A day sail to see the sunset with Spiridakos Sailing Cruises

We were picked up at the hotel reception and transported to the other end of the island to find our 44 ft catamaran called Captain Leo and our Captain named Nick. He and his delightful crew, Xenia, Corrina and Leo (not to be confused with the name of the boat) provided us with impeccable service, an amazing dinner, a tour of the south and west parts of Santorini plus a history lesson. They were willing and able to take photos, get drinks, make dinner and operate the sails-often simultaneously. While we sailed to the red sand beach (iron...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Athens

ATHENS...Acropolis And Temple Of Poseidon Tour With Lunch Athens, the Acropolis & other ancient sites are on everybody's bucket list which I am trying to fill before the bucket rusts away. The Acropolis sits on a high hill with a commanding view of the city. Millions of people have climbed up to see and the stone surface where you walk is worn smooth. We had an excellent Greek buffet lunch at a fancy hotel. Hunter had trouble finding something to eat as hot wings were not offered. Got him to eat meat balls.....beef??? Goat??? Said it was...

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May 16, 2015 - Back to Athens

The morning brought lots of fog to the island of Santorini - quite amazing. I guess this is what keeps things growing. It almost looked smokey and when we heard and saw a helicopter with a bucket we really wandered what was happening. Turns out the helicopter was delivering supplies to a small isolated hillside village - that is the only way they get their supplies. Breakfast was great especially the wonderful Greek yogurt. It is never going to taste the same at home again. Our waitress each morning has been delightful. She said she would...

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May 12, 2015 - Athens and Home

THE END It was sad to see Liz and Simon off this morning after a hearty breakfast and a dash around the shops for an hour to satisfy Liz's shoe lust. We have had a great time together considering it's not easy to suit the needs of four people all day every day. They fly home with Qatar via Doha where I am sure they will enjoy the flash amenities. We had a private guide for four hours yesterday from 4pm -8pm. As Liz put it " you can shove those bus tours up your ...." and I agree, this is the way to go. Having said that we were overwhelmed...

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May 5, 2015 - High above sea level

The actual town of Kalambaka was burned to the ground during the second World War making it quite a modern town. Meteora means "suspended in the air" and that describes the six remaining monasteries very well. Perched high on sandstone rock formations, some date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Originally there were 24. It is amazing to see how well they blend into their surroundings. Sizes vary considerably with one having only one monk. Two have been converted to nunneries. The art work inside covers all walls and ceilings. Some is...

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May 2, 2015 - Athens and a Ferry to Hydra

HYDRA YDRA 1.5 hours from Athen's port of Piraeus. A small island we saw from a ferry 30+ years ago and finally came to visit.This is our first port of call of 3 Greek Islands we plan to visit. Three nights here have been a joy. There are no vehicles here except a rubbish truck and an ambulance. All porterage of bags is by donkey. We intended to walk to the Hotel Angelica but soon realised that was a hopeless idea-our small wheeled suitcases couldn't cope with the big cobblestones and the uphills started almost immediately from the water's...

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May 1, 2015 - Cruising the islands

Today is the National Labor Day. Much was closed and demonstrations forecasted. We were up early today for our transfer to the port and a one day cruise if 3 small islands in the Saronic Gulf. After an hour we arrived on the small island of Aegina. This island's claim to fame is pistachio nuts and they were delicious. We also sampled some seafood and ouzo! The town is very pretty with lots of cafes and shops right along the water. We did a short tour around the island with a stop at Church of Saint Nektarios. Next stop was the island of...

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