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Jun 17, 2015 - Mykonos

Wednesday, June 17th. Our ship docked at Mykonos at 7:00 am. I missed it because I slept until 10 am. Athens really knocked me out. My left hip and leg were also giving me some problems. Again we slummed on the ship all day eating, drinking, reading, sunning and just enjoying being on the water. I enjoyed watching the activity around the dock and on the Island. Nice white buildings, glistening in the sun. Just what I had expected to see in Greece.

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Jun 13, 2015 - Our first look at Santorini

Though we had an overnight layover in Athens and an early morning flight to Santorini, the wait was worth it! We are now settled in our suite and trying to figure out how to navigate the 75 STEEP stairs from the footpath in the dark with no landmarks. So far, we have ended up in someone else's villa twice! With the help of the adorable Natasha in reception, we have booked a sail cruise around the island and a wine tour with an archeological stop for our few days here. We might not make it to the famous Oia, but we must save something for...

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May 31, 2015 - 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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May 15, 2015 - Visiting Oia

Barb and I had planned to walk to Oia this morning but the winds convinced us the bus was a better option. but before that we visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thira where the artifacts from the ancient cities excavated on the island are located. We were wowed by the detail and unbelievable condition they were in considering some dated back thousands of years. They were clearly very advanced which made us wonder what happened to that civilization. The frescos from the 17th century BC were amazing with detail and colour. From the museum we...

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May 14, 2015 - A slow day in Santorini

Yes it was a slow day today. After breakfast some walked into town while others hung around the hotel. Eventually most of us made it to the pool where it was sunny and pleasant. Fortunately there is one heated pool as the other one is chilly! It was hot in the sun but cool in the shade and when the wind blows (which is almost always)! Really quite an uneventful day. Happy hour arrived and we enjoyed our picnic left overs on the balcony and with a great view. We then walked into town to poke around and eat. Eventually we separated into 2...

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May 13, 2015 - Santorini in a longggggg day

We woke up to sunshine - it is beautiful here. After breakfast and service from a delightful woman, it was time to relax by the pool or walk into town. Fira Town is beautiful with the white buildings and colourful trim against the azure water. Fortunately we had a bit of time before the cruise ship crowds arrived when we knew it was time to return to the hotel. We had managed to collect a variety of food and wine so had a picnic off the balcony where the caldera sparkles on one side and the Agean Sea on the other side. Our island tour was...

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May 12, 2015 - Rainy Santorini

After breakfast we visited the local deli for some cheese tasting . The young girl was just great. We must have sampled at least a dozen Naxos cheeses that included soft, hard, young, old and everything in between. She had trained as a make up artist but no work so took this job and it certainly suited her. After an hour of tasting and shopping for cheeses and other treats for a picnic we ventured off in different directions for our final couple of hours. For some of us it was one final coffee along the water front before picking up...

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May 11, 2015 - Cooking with Anna and Evgenia in Moni

Oh goodness what a day and it's not over! We met Stuart for our drive up to the mountains for our cooking class. We had one stop for a view of the terrain which was very rocky, quite a change from what we saw yesterday. We arrived just after 11 in the village of Moni, population probably 200, not counting cats. A bit of confusion at first as it was clear they were not prepared for us. Although we could not understand, it was clear from the conversation that momma had gotten the information wrong. Not a problem - we went off for a walk and...

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May 10, 2015 - Hidden Naxos

it was a great day today. We met our guide Stuart, at the arranged location and headed out of town to explore The Hidden Naxos - not a big tour group in sight. Naxos is definitely greener than Mykonos and as a result you can see a variety of crops in the flats and on the hillsides which have been largely terraced. There will be very little rain from now until Oct/Nov. The views of the small towns were great with mostly white homes and many blue roofed churches perched on the hillsides. Since Stuart is English but has lived here for 16...

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May 9, 2015 - Naxos

The wind continued to blow all night in Mykonos. I guess those north winds were just an indication of the day ahead. We assume that is why our fast ferry was very late and took longer to get from point A to point B. Onto the ferry and the first order of business was to ask the people in our seats to leave. Surprisingly enough the water wasn't bad and we arrived late but not sick. The ferry was jammed and there really wasn't much of a system to put the bags on for the different locations. As a result, 7 of us got off fairly easy but poor...

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May 9, 2015 - SANTORINI

SANTORINI Wow, this is a hard place to say goodbye to. There are so many places in the world to visit and time is ticking away so it is more than possible we may not return to this island. I'm so glad we came. I can't remembered why we didn't come here when we first came to Greece; maybe it wasn't on the back packer trail then or maybe we thought it would be too touristy. Don't know. Looking out over the caldera is so stunningly beautiful that, given the chance, everyone should see it. The buildings and especially the new ones are just so...

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May 8, 2015 - Delos

We went by ferry to the island of Delos this morning to see more ruins. The windy island of Mykonos lived up to it's name and it has been blowing all day making the ferry ride a bit bumpy but no one was sic! The archeological site of Delos is unique as it is located on a small rocky island that is 5 km long and just 1300 metres wide. Among the rocks are a multitude of spring flowers. The actual site has sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and his sister Artemis withe the ruins of a ancient Hellenistic cit around it - population of about 30,000...

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