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Sep 9, 2014 - Mykonos and Delos

It was hot. It was fun because I got to experience new things. I loved Delos, apart from the heat, it felt like I was in lava. I learnt a lot about the history of Delos. There were heaps and heaps of cats, like the whole of Mykonos was filled to the top with cats, I really loved it because I love cats.

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Aug 4, 2014 - 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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Jul 27, 2014 - Santorini

We pulled up to the port and all we saw was cliffs. We were at the bottom and has to drive right up to the top of the island to our hotel. We stayed near the black sand beach instead of near Fira. I guess the hotel we were supposed to stay at had it with the Contiki group before us and will not allow anymore groups. This sucked for us because to get to Fira we had to take a bus 20 minutes. Our rooms weren't ready either so we had to wait a couple hours. The whole hotel may have been the worst one yet. It was a pretty early night for me too....

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 27, 2014 - Ios!!

We got on the ferry which left at 7am. It was a big ferry with assigned seating. I covered my head with my towel and got to sleep most of the way. Pulling up to Ios was beautiful. Hills with the white houses with blue doors. The port was small and had a few shops around. Once we were all unloaded we walked about 5 minutes to our hotel. We didn't have our large suitcases with us so it wasn't bad. We just packed bags for the 6 days in the islands.  Most of us went straight down to the pool which was huge and had a lot of lounger chairs around...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 23, 2014 - Mykonos Greece

We were scheduled to be in port in Mykonos from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We arrived early, and got off the ship at 12:45. Instead of waiting for the free shuttle to take us into town, we decided to walk. Rick Steves said it was an easy 20 minute walk. What he did not say was the road is very narrow and there is no sidewalk or shoulder on the road. It was scary at times when buses and large trucks were meeting and we had no where to go to get out of the way. We DID take the shuttle at the end of the day when returning to the ship. Mykonos was...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 12, 2014 - Day at Sea

Saturday July 12 Today was one full day at sea while we travelled from Greece back up to the north of Italy to Venice. We won't arrive to Venice until tomorrow afternoon and we can't get off to explore more of Venice until around 5 pm. My ankle had to be elevated all evening and the swelling has gone down but the cut doesn't seem to want to heal. This is because every time I take a step my foot bends and wrecks what has begun to heal over. Generally, a day at sea is filled with many exciting entertainment options. To begin, mom and I went...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Mykonos, Greece

Friday July 11 Today was our stop at Mykonos, the most beautiful so far. It had that view from the movies of white houses along the hillside overlooking the water. It was very hard to capture a good picture though because the ship was docked a bit far from the view and then we were on a bus to the beach. The beach was beautiful, but unfortunately I couldn't swim due to my injury. I became alarmed at the beach as we noticed my foot was swelling which it didn't do yesterday. Mom spent lots of time in the crystal clear waters and I had a...

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Jul 3, 2014 - 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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Jun 21, 2014 - 17th June 2014

Mykonos 17 June 2014 Oh my God......the sight that greeted us when we drew our curtains this morning was heavenly.....I am running out of superlatives! The sky,water and sunshine shining on the charming white washed homes and blue domed churches built into the hillside and the narrow winding streets with shops and tavernas, we cannot wait to get off the shop and explore. The sad thing is that we only have half a day here. We have a short excursion booked to take us for a scenic drive to the highest point in the Island and also a stop for a...

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Jun 19, 2014 - 11th,12th,13th,14th,15th June

11 & 12 & 13 June Relaxing days on the boat, with the exception of a quick shopping trip on the dock at Naples, we enjoy our days by the pool and watching movies, being very lazy. On the evening of the 11th we have dinner with a couple of Yorkshire girls, Maureen and Carol who are sisters and an American couple from Columbia, Denis and Carol; the third lady named Carol who we have met on the ship. Ian is soon into a very animated conversation with Denis on aeroplanes and I talk to the girls, one is a nurse the other a hairdresser, Denis's...

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May 30, 2014 - 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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May 28, 2014 - Sunlight Suites

Well, we are settled into our home for the next 8 days, Sunlight Suites. It's 6 AM , so no pictures for awhile. Landed at 11:30 AM, yesterday, picked up our car. Forgot to pick up an international data plan, so no GPS. "No problem" says Hertz, "just turn left out of the airport, right in Thira, & follow the signs to Oia". Did that, but ended up on a wrong road. It got us to Oia but in about one hour rather than 30 minutes. The town was packed with tourists who our cruise ship passengers. Finally found our villa at about 1PM. I'll get...

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Santorini

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