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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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Aug 2, 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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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 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 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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