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Sep 18, 2017 - Santorini

We're spending the day in Santorini, a lovely Greek island that I have seen so many photos of. I have to insert here that this particular part of the review is extremely difficult…that’s because Santorini, for the most part, is one giant photo-op. It’s a photographer’s dream…and I have about 1,000 photos (well maybe not that many), so I had to pick and choose. Sigh. The sacrifices one must make…I hope I’ve picked some of the good ones, but I’ll let you be the judge. We meet our usual crew and then head off together so we are all on the same...

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Sep 17, 2017 - 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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Sep 17, 2017 - Mykonos

When I had booked the cruise the stop was supposed to be in Turkey but with the unrest it was changed to Mykonos. This is the only place I did not schedule a tour in. We had many choices, we could go to Delos (a small island off Mykonos), we could do a beach day or we could do nothing and explore Mykonos on our own. We choose the later. When you got off the ship there was a water taxi for a couple of Euros to take you into Mykonos as the ship docks on one side of the bay and the town is on the other side. Mykonos is a place of narrow...

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Aug 16, 2017 - 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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Jul 13, 2017 - 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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Jun 19, 2017 - A day at sea

We got a pleasant surprise when we arrived in Athens last Saturday, we had jumped straight from Gold, passing Ruby and had reached Platinum status with Princess Cruises. So we now each have some internet hours during the course of the last week of our cruise. Our second visit to Athens on Saturday was hot and humid and we didn't bother going ashore to explore more than we'd seen a week before, rather we got our laundry done! While docked in Athens we said goodbye to about 2,500 passengers and gained 2,500 new faces. Our ship is again...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Relaxing day at Fia

After not sleeping that well due to indigestion, (my own fault, eating way too much at a late hour!), we had already decided this was to be a chill out, sleep in and do nothing kind of day. We were planning though to see the famous sunset later. Unfortunately the weather was deciding otherwise for us. After a week of beautiful fine clear days, the day deteriorated to clouds and even light rain. There goes the day at the local beach. We "hung out" instead by the hotel pool which wasn't a bad thing at all. It was a good day to recharge the...

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Jun 6, 2017 - Fia to Oia and back again

This morning we got a reasonably early start as we had decided to walk from Fia to Oia which is along the island Caldera or crater rim. Tjis is about 10km long and has wonderful views the whole way. Hey Tones and I can do this in a breeze, considering the walking we did in Italy. We got underway about 9.15..it would have been nice to be earlier but the first shuttle to Fia only leaves our hotel at 8.30am and today they were late hence the later start. It was already quite warm but there was a welcome breeze as we walked. The views were...

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Jun 5, 2017 - Fia, Santorini

After a slower start this morning we took the hotel shuttle back into Fia. I was looking forward to the cooking class that Toni had booked us into this afternoon. After finding a cafe and having a delicious breakfast of crepes and coffee we were fueled up, and ready to hit the streets. This morning we were going to find the cable car and ride it down to the old port. Once located the ride only took a few minutes. It did give us again some picturesque views as we traveled down. We spent about an hour wandering around the few shops at the...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Fia, Santorini

This morning we packed up and were ready to catch the public bus to our last place we are staying which is not far from Fia. Both of us did not get a great sleep as there was a big electrical storm and it was very humid. Then this morning being a Sunday the church bells were ringing very early. The drive on the bus was lovely, a very nice bus and the views were spectacular We arrived at Fia and Toni had arranged a pick-up from the bus-stop to take us the 2 kms to our hotel, Porto Castelo. I swear the driver of the mini van thinks he's in...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Perissa, Santorini

This morning, as planned we were up ready to climb up the mountain once again, this time in search of the path that would lead to the chapel built into the side of the cliff. It was a cloudier morning making the air quite humid. We located the fork in the track very easily today, not sure how we missed it yesterday. After taking some photos we decided to once again climb over the top and head down into Kalima, maybe even have a nice fresh seafood lunch there. After being harassed by many enthusiastic managers to try their rather expensive...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Perissa, Santorini

We were up reasonably early ready for our walk up the mountain before it got too hot. We were also lucky that most of the climb was in the shade as the sun was rising on the other side. Somehow we missed the fork that should have taken us to the little church built into the cliff face, much to my annoyance. I realise now that I started looking for it too late but in our defence it was not signposted and not an obvious track. We have decided that we will make this visit tomorrow so we hastened on to the top as now we were in full sun We...

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