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Nov 9, 2016 - Crete

My cold has blossomed over the last two days. No fun. However, we are in Crete, with strong winds blowing over from Africa raising the temperature to 29 degrees. Goes great with a slight fever! We are staying in the Lato Boutique Hotel In Heraklion near the airport where we landed, and after some miss-steps managed to collect our pre-booked rental car, thanks to Sharon. Our first day was spent touring most parts of the east end of the Island from north to south. The second day we travelled south, then west, then north, then back to...

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Nov 7, 2016 - Touring and leaving Mykonos

Yesterday we took a local bus to the central town of Ano Meros. It was Sunday and off season so most places are closed on the island. The dry, rocky, mountainous landscape was interesting for us to compare with lush B.C. We wandered around the town for an hour and a half, checking out the Greek Orthodox Monastery, the town square where the entire population appeared to spill into after church, some side streets of open fields and sporadically placed white Adobe Greek houses, the Air Force station, and some minor shops. We couldn't find...

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Nov 5, 2016 - Delos

We literally wended our way through the labyrinthine alley ways of Mykonos, from our hotel to the harbour, where we purchased 20 Euro tickets for the half hour boat ride to the Island of Delos. There were only 12 of us tourists in this off season, so we had plenty of room and enjoyed the 21 degree sunshine from the top deck. Delos is supposedly the birthplace of Apollo, and was once the economic and power centre of the Mediterranean. It is dated to the Bronze Age. The only inhabitants are the government contracted archeological staff who...

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Oct 22, 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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Oct 14, 2016 - Homeward Bound

As we are sitting in Athens Airport waiting for our flight home,this will be the last entry on our trip journal. The last few days we have spent as much time with Tiny as was possible with his work taking up most mornings. We had dinner at his place on Wednesday night whIch was lovely, met him for coffee in the square yesterday and then went out for dinner last night.In the meantime, we have slept, read, knitted (Denise not me). Max even went for a swim yesterday in the bay just down from the house. Tiny took us to the airport this morning...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Paros - Day 5

Today we are off to Parakia, the port, to just have a look and do some more shopping, hoping the shops aren't all shut. Tiny arrived about 9.30 to drive us in there as it is about 12 klm from Naoussa and we are going to catch the bus back. We can do this! Tiny is having lunch with Jean-Luc so we are on our own. We thought we would start off by having a hot chocolate and pastry before shopping. From here Denise led the way as we had absolutely no idea where we were. We wandered up and down little blue and white street looking at all sorts of...

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The Three of Us

Sep 20, 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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Sep 13, 2016 - Santorini

We anchored in Santorini sometime overnight and woke to a beautiful view of the Club Med 2 sail boat. She is a 5 masted floating resort and is something to see. As Santorini is the result of a massive volcano everything is vertical. Our group excursion is cancelled so we venture our on our own. This involved a tender boat to the dock and a teleferik ride up to the main town of Fira. We land in what we actually despise, a cramped crowded spot chocked with junky tourist shops and eateries. We head "out of town" as quickly as possible and land...

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Aug 17, 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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Aug 16, 2016 - Santorini

After having a catch up in the at with Pete in Athens , a few drinks and dinner , we decided to have an early night as the plane was leaving at 6am . So up at 4am heading to the airport . After a 45 min trip arrived before sunrise in Santorini , the most beautiful place in the world. We had to wait until 2 pm for our room so after finding the hotel tucked away in the side of the hill we were able to leave our bags and go and explore. I can't tell you how magnificent it is here with all the beautiful blue ocean around and the quaint...

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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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