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Jun 8, 2016 - Santorini

Santorini is the island we are visiting and its capitol is Firá... An 06:30 call to action today, so we had a quick breakfast and went directly to our "tour" muster station. We decided on a Celebrity tour today, a beach tour that is, because we were forewarned that the cruise ship activity for Santorini would be high, and that the cable car system carrying people from Firá down to the Tenders below would be busy. We thought that our "tour" would give us priority....Hah! Anyway, our muster station, "the Theatre" on board Equinox is pretty...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Mykonos!

We're in Greece! I've waited a loong time to get here. We had a perfect breakfast seat at the restaurant this morning and weren't in a hurry. We had nothing booked, and we didn't arrive in Mykonos until 9:30 am. Tenders were to start at 9:45 and we knew to wait until later so the people with booked shore excursions could get off first. I wandered down to the place to pick up tickets about 10:30.....and was given a tender ticket on boat number 51..and they were currently calling boats 5 and 6. We'll be lucky to be there by lunch time. Went...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Santorini

When the boat arrived in Santorini harbour, I was overwhelmed by the reception of both humans and animals! The donkeys descended thick and fast down some of the steepest terrain I have ever seen, rushing to meet the ferry and haul the load of tourists up the steep steps to the town perched on the rocks above. Santorini is a submerged volcano that erupted eons ago, leaving a caldera behind. Its steep rock faces are covered with whitewashed villas clinging to the rock face like vines on a brick wall. There is a tradition in Santorini of...

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Mar 24, 2016 - Naxos

Naxos is a bigger island than Paros and much larger than Antiparos. I found a lovely little room in a four-plex which even has a communal fridge and a tiny balcony overlooking a rather overgrown garden. Every morning I would wander into the village to buy fresh bread and watermelon for my breakfast -- heaven! I've explored the island on foot, following the rutted roads and pathways that criss-cross the island. Olive groves with lounging goats and sheep are everywhere and the air has a rich, dusty smell to it. I am so totally relaxed after...

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Feb 19, 2016 - Paros

Boats to the Aegean Islands leave from the nearby community of Piraeus. I was told the trip to Paros would be a "few hours"......which turned into a gut-wrenching 8 as we stopped at various and sundry islands on the way. The seas were quite rough and I made the mistake of having some very rich coffee and yogurt for breakfast which didn't stay in my stomach for long. I spent most of the trip on deck! My first glympse of Paros was magical. A typical Greek island village, whitewashed with flashes of brilliant turqoise and teal, met my gaze....

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Oct 10, 2015 - Santorini

Thursday, October 8 After another excellent hotel breakfast, we explored Naxos Town a bit more in the morning before checking out at noon to take a ferry our next stop, Santorini. The ferry was the Blue Star Delos, which is the fleet's newest ship and is an amazing boat. Everything is modern and classy, with numerous lounges and floor to ceiling windows for watching the water and islands slip by. We wanted to take this slow ferry rather than a faster ferry so that we could experience the sheer thrill of approaching Santorini, and the sunken...

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Oct 8, 2015 - Naxos

Wednesday, October 7 After another great breakfast at the Hotel Portobello, we checked out and our pre-booked taxi whisked us to the Old Port in a few minutes. We boarded the Superjet high speed ferry that landed us in Naxos a mere 45 minutes later. Naxos is one of the larger islands in the Cyclades chain, verdant and arable and with its own source of water, unlike many other islands. While not dependent upon tourism, it certainly does tourism well. Naxos Town, or Chora as primary island towns are known, has a pleasant harbour and harbour...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

Oct 7, 2015 - Mykonos

Sunday, October 4 We awoke early to walk to the ferry terminal at Piraeus for our 7:30 am trip to Mykonos. Our ferry is the Blue Star Paros, one of several slow ferries. These boats, unlike the faster catamarans or sea jets, provide a leisurely voyage where you can spend time on open decks if you wish to watch the sea and assorted islands pass by. These boats are huge, with first class and stateroom sections, several air lounges with assigned seating which are like jet airplanes, and ample economy seating indoors or outdoors, with snack...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Ferry Around the Aegean Sea

Not a good night for each of us last night, all waking around the 4ish mark and then dozing through until 7am. Maureen headed down the laneway and purchased our coffees and spanakopita for breakfast of choice again up on the rooftop viewing area. After brekkie, we packed our bags and then made our way into Fira and a delightful wander around the many alleyways lined with shops, some of which were yet to open for the day. Picked up our tickets for the ferry back over to Athens then walked along to the cable car station which would take you...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Exploring Santorini

After only waking momentarily a couple to times early morning, we finally stirred around 7am feeling somewhat refreshed and chatted while waiting for Maureen to stir. That was around 8am and John was feeling peckish and went for a wander down the pathway to find us some brekkie. Came back with some coffee and the most amazing spanakopita (pastry with spinach and feta cheese). Decided that was to be our breakfast tomorrow as well. Time to begin our tourist gig in our little car up to the north of the island where John negotiated his way...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Final Thoughts

Santorini was our favorite spot Mykonos has the craziest drivers There were no speed limit signs in Mykonos or Santorini Our tour bus driver on the mainland was really good at making the hairpin turns and getting around in tight spaces Best pita bread is in Greece Best gelato was 100% Peruvian chocolate in Athens The cheapest water was 1.5L for 22 cents in the Santorini supermarket, also the cheapest Coke Zero for 55 cents The best food and hospitality was Marcos in Athens Best quote (from our guide) "Bring only water back to the bus. If...

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Greece is the Word

Sep 16, 2015 - Heather is working...On her tan or Nibble Nibble Nibble

Our last day and night in Santorini. We hung by the pool and relaxed. We took the shuttle bus into town and had our last cheap Greek dinner…gyros and of course ice cream because it has been at least a day since we had ice cream or gelato! We wandered around the streets looking in the shops. After awhile everything starts to look the same! We did have the fish nibble on our feet for 15 minutes! A weird sensation! But some people came in while we were there and had the very same reaction we did when we first put our feet in! Got the very end...

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Greece is the Word

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