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Jul 19, 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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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 17, 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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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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Jun 1, 2017 - Perissa, Santorini

After a nice sleep in we decided to save some dollars and get some food from the supermarket for breakfasts etc. The local store offered a service to pick you up and take you you free of charge. A great idea. We informed our hosts of our toilet problem and then took off shopping. Within the hour we had completed our shopping and stashed our goodies before heading down to the beach to look around and just chill out. Toni and I are both looking forward to staying in one place for a few nights. We wandered around the seaside shops for a while...

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May 31, 2017 - Naxos to Santorini

We did go to the movie last night and we both really enjoyed it. I am kicking myself for not wearing my trainers though as it was a good 3 km there and back so my feet are telling me today that I was a silly woman. Neverless it was great. Also wished that I had taken my phone to get some photos of the sunset as it was pvery pretty. This morning we packed up and after having another delicious breakfast with Mary, John slipped us into toen to get our tickets and wait for the ferry. I would thoroughly recommend John and Mary's beautiful...

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May 30, 2017 - Naxos

After a lovely sleep in, we tucked into a sumptuous breakfast that Mary had prepared for us. Everything from warm bread and local jams, omelettes, bruschettos, homemade pastries, to delicious greek yogurt and fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee...we were waddling up to our room at the end I tell you! We just about needed another sleep to rest after it!! After a bit of a rest to let our stomachs settle, we thought we should try to work it off so I took Toni through some Pilates exercises on our balcony. It was a little warm in the sun but...

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