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Jun 22, 2015 - First photo session experience

It started raining last night around 4am. Soaked lots of the cabin, but a brief dash to close all the hatches prevented disaster. The morning started out cloudy and gray, but sun came out sporadically and gave us lots of great opportunities in the other port on the island Egina. Our photo expert, Paul gave us an assignment and we all headed out after a brief stop at the bakery, to find some great shots. Here is what I came up with.

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Jun 21, 2015 - Aegina and the Temple of Aphaea

After breakfast we headed out motoring to our first stop-Aegina thinking there would not be enough wind-but the wind Gods were with us. We arrived hoping to dock, but there were no spaces so we anchored and headed into the town of Perdika to see the temple. The Temple of Aphaea was built within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaea circa 490 BC. Following this visit, we made a very special stop to see a well known potter named Nektarios who is the last of the potters to forage his own clay and fire in a wood burning kiln. Here...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Boat Orientation and meeting our shipmates

Following a beautiful scenic ride by the sea to the port at Lavrio, we easily found the Aqua Cafe and stashed our luggage in the shade to wait for the other participants in this sailing adventure. John took off to search the small marina town for the supermarket, I stayed behind to mind the luggage and look for those likely to be joining us. Soon everyone was gathered on the dock waiting to board Korina-our home for the next 7 days. The players include: Bruce and Jude from Seattle. Meghan from NYC Patricia from New Rochelle, NY Jessica...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Time for Phase 4-sailing

We made arrangements with our ferry port taxi driver Photis to drive us to Lavrio where the marina has the boat we are boarding. He is picking us up at 2:30 for an approximately 1 hour drive depending on traffic (and that is a BIG if..). It is exciting and a bit nerve wracking as we will be sailing with 8 strangers in a small space for 8 days..I have posted a photo of the map. My knowledge of Greek Islands could be put in a thimble..so I thought it would be helpful to visualize the route! We are suppose to have wifi on the boat. I guess we...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Around the Acropolis

I will spare you all a world history lesson and just entertain with lots of photos from our various views of this magnificent site. I will try to label the photos the next time I have some internet access. It was John's birthday and we had a delicious dinner at Milos Estiatorio-a story in itself..for later.

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Jun 17, 2015 - Blue Star Ferry adventure

To return to Athens for the few days prior to sailing, I somehow got a notion that taking the ferry would be an adventure. Not really giving much thought to the heavy luggage, very long ferry ride, arriving into Piraeus port at midnight; I made reservations. When I asked Natasha at reception how long it would take for our transfer driver to get us to the ferry port for the 3:30pm ferry, she said an hour, then she said maybe you should leave at 2, then she changed it to 1:15 "for the traffic". She was right..the traffic was very stop and go...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Anthens

Tuesday, June 16th Another night at sea was uneventful. Bill started taking his ginger pills for seasickness before we left and hasn’t had a problem with it. We arrived in Athens at 1 pm so were able to watch the docking of the ship. What an interesting procedure that was! From the ship Athens looked like a huge sprawling city spread over a rolling countryside. Surprise – it was. What a procedure getting off the boat and onto our correct tour bus. I felt like I was on a cattle drive and I was one of the herd. The temperature was crawling...

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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 - 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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