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Oct 30, 2014 - last day of sight seeing

This was our last day to see the sights. We started with a walk down the 587 steps to the Old Port where the donkeys take people up and down. Quite a walk down trying to avoid masses of donkey poop and donkeys! We took the cable car back up. Gerry was here in the 70’s before the cable car and walked up and down. After that experience we thought we would go and check out Kamari Beach on the low side of the Island. Almost everything was closed up as the end of the season approaches. It felt sad really. There are miles of beach there but it is...

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Oct 29, 2014 - Fira to Oia

Well I couldn’t put it off any longer – today we hiked from Fira to Oia. 8-12km depending on which info you read. It took us 3 hours with lots of photo stops on the way. The view is amazing as you walk along the edge of the cliff. The path is really good so no scary bits there. Some of it is small rocks which makes it a bit slippery. The weather stayed good some sunshine and some cloud which was good so we didn’t get to hot. The first hour or so is through the towns and then it gets more natural with the path made up of the volcanic rock...

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Oct 28, 2014 - Akrotiri

October 28 is a Greek National holiday dating back to 1940 when the Greek Prime minister rejected the ultimatum by Mussolini to allow Axis forces to enter strategic Greek Territory. There was a parade in Fira of soldiers and school children dressed in traditional costumes. The centre of town was packed with people, locals and tourists, lining the street to watch the parade. Before the parade we went up to the Archeological Museum to see some more artifacts from Akrotiri where we were headed later. Akrotiri was an ancient civilisation...

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Oct 27, 2014 - Boat trip

Today’s adventure was a boat ride around the crater. We were picked up and driven down a tortuous road to the new port. The boat picked us up there and we sailed to the old port below Fira to pick up some more people. We headed over to Nea Kameni, (sounds Hawaiian) the volcano in the middle of the crater. We all hiked up through the blackened volcanic rock to the top where our guide gave us his explanation, using rocks, on how Santorini was formed. He disputes the idea of the centre blowing up and filling in with the sea. He says the edges...

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Oct 26, 2014 - Oia

We had planned to do the 2 hour walk from Fira to Oia along the edge of the caldera today but it was raining when we left the hotel so decided to take the bus there instead. (That might be a sigh of relief from Viv!) Oia is very pretty hanging off the end of the island. We walked through the town to the end for some nice views. Oia was devastated by the 1956 earthquake but such an amazing restoration has taken place that you couldn’t tell. It was once home to wealthy sea captains. Built on a steep slope of the caldera, many of its dwellings...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Corfu to Santorini

The flights from Corfu to Santorini, via Athens, went well. We thought in the early morning it might be too stormy to take off but the weather cleared slightly and off we went. Santorini is amazing. The buildings perched on the sides of the caldera look beautiful. Our hotel is 2km outside Fira (Thira) hanging on to the side of a cliff. Luckily our room is fairly high up so do not have to go up and down dozens of steps. Saturday we got up, had breakfast, and took the hotel shuttle into town for a wander around. We booked a boat ride around...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Santorini

Santorini, oh Santorini! Even its name seems mystical and romantic! What history it has! It was the home of an ancient Minoan civilization which lived here until 1630 BC. That's right, it was the 17th century before Christ that they inhabited a land known then as Thera. The people had gained wealth by way of the Aegean Sea, not as seafarers but as masters in the art of trading. In 1630 BC all of that changed with a mighty eruption of Thera's volcano. The Minoans had already fled the island taking with them their fine jewelry and other small...

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Greece, here we are!

Oct 9, 2014 - Santorini

After the ferry was 2 hours late arriving in Mykonos, we were ushered on in great haste and sped out of port. To the dismay of everyone onboard, the sea was terribly rough and barf bags were handed out and used by many. It was suppose to be a fast ferry, but with high waves, we went pretty slow and didn't arrive until 3 hours later than we were suppose to and our driver was not there to pick us up. Arggg! So after scurring around looking for our driver, we caught a ride with another taxi service and had to pay 25 Euro for the 15 minute...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Mykonos

It was very dark this morning when we got up to get ready to leave for the ferry to Mykonos. No time for breakfast at the hotel. But that's okay, we had a giant chocolate pastry and a double latte on the boat. Kinda of delicious and fattening, but I've decided that holiday eating doesn't really count, so we just went with it. When we got on the ferry, it wasn't too full, so that was good, and we eventually realized that we had assigned seats because we were asked to move. It was a 5 hour ferry ride, and we eventually ended up sitting...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Santorini

In Santorini I had a lot of fun. We walked on a volcano and went in hot springs. And also on a black sand beach. And some really bad news............................................... I got bitten by a rat it pierced my skin and nail "owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" .

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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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Sep 3, 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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