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Apr 24, 2015 - Mykonos, Greece

Heaven, stunning ........ What more can I say, the place is gorgeous. We docked at 11:00pm the night before and were able to go ashore and experience the nightlife, us responsible adults chose not to because we wanted to spend the day soaking it all in. Off the ship and onto another bus to begin a 2 hour tour of the island. We had Daff and Paul with us so it made for a fun day. Our guide was Thanos and he was an absolute laugh and had us in stitches with his commentary. We visited a few beaches and a monastery but due to it not being summer...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Santorini, Greece

Wow, stunning, beautiful ....... You get my drift. We dropped anchor off the coast of Santorini and had to tender over to the port to begin the tour for the day. Off the ship, onto a boat then onto another boat to sail across to the live volcano we were going to climb. The sailing boat we boarded was spectacular. All timber. Looking at the main island of Santorini from the water highlighted how big and steep the cliffs are. Like the guide said though, the island was created by an earthquake. This is what pushed it up out of the ocean. We...

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Mar 2, 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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Jan 29, 2015 - 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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Dec 26, 2014 - 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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Nov 6, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 2

Part 2 - 6th November Our flight left Athens for Santorini early evening so we raced/limped back the 4kms from the museum to our hotel instead of waiting for the open top bus and slid in baseball style a few minutes late but luckily the reserved taxi driver was waiting patiently. The drive took us past a statue of glass sheets on the street corner and with peak hour traffic clogging the already riot police ridden streets we managed a good look it but no picture until our return. A very short flight to Santorini and when we got there, our...

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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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