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Jun 8, 2016 - Santorini

Santorini is the island we are visiting and its capitol is Firá... An 06:30 call to action today, so we had a quick breakfast and went directly to our "tour" muster station. We decided on a Celebrity tour today, a beach tour that is, because we were forewarned that the cruise ship activity for Santorini would be high, and that the cable car system carrying people from Firá down to the Tenders below would be busy. We thought that our "tour" would give us priority....Hah! Anyway, our muster station, "the Theatre" on board Equinox is pretty...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Our first look at Santorini

Though we had an overnight layover in Athens and an early morning flight to Santorini, the wait was worth it! We are now settled in our suite and trying to figure out how to navigate the 75 STEEP stairs from the footpath in the dark with no landmarks. So far, we have ended up in someone else's villa twice! With the help of the adorable Natasha in reception, we have booked a sail cruise around the island and a wine tour with an archeological stop for our few days here. We might not make it to the famous Oia, but we must save something for...

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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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Sep 10, 2012 - Fira, Volcanoes and Hot Springs

Another sunny Day in Santorini. I rise from the bed around 8am. Supposedly around 920am there is a meeting about the Tour I want to take. It takes 3hours and it consist of a boat ride to the Inactive volcano and Hot Springs for 15euros. That works for me. Well, I eat breakfast which features  3 pieces of toast. One slabbed with a strawberry mixture, one butter and the last a knockoff of Nutella. Wash it down with some instant coffee. Tried for another cup, however I dumped a truckload in one and tried to make two. Didn't work. It was just...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Santorini

OPA! You cannot imagine how beautiful it is here. white buildings and houses with blue trim and roof tops sitting high atop mountains overlooking the aegean sea. so hot ..very hot..35c. tiny winding roads that tourists manage to view the merchandise in the tiny shops..bought a few things here. the people are very friendly too. arrive on the island, went on a scenic island tour from OIA (pronounced eeeya) by bus, pictures did not stop here...lots of climbing the tiny winding paths to see all of the views. rick off to the bar again..left me...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Santorini - a day to ourselves

Had a pretty good night's sleep although the beds here are pretty hard. Pete set off early to find a coffee while I wrote and answered emails and caught up more of my travel journal. I am playing catch-up with the sailing tour and I'm still working out the best way to write it on the ipad (no word processing package). I've written and then lost a few days' entries. We decided to find the cable car that goes down to the old port. We called into a travel agent to see if the 48 hour transport strike was likely to affect our flights to Turkey...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Wine Museum tour

After a little siesta (well, I had one), we decided to catch the bus to the wine museum. The instructions for the way to get there were to catch the local bus to Kamari beach. We headed to the bus station, saw that route 3 was the correct one for Kamari, and then tried to find the correct bus. The driver at the first bus we asked at said he was going to Kamari - we asked about the wine museum and he threw his hands in the air. We boarded anyway. The couple in front of us were also going to the wine museum and when they asked the conductor,...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Santorini - Day 1

Monday 26th September Cont.... Considering the weather was a bit rough,  we had a smooth trip on e ferry so after a couple of stops at other ports, we arrived in Santorini about an hour late. Mad running around to find the public bus to take us up to the town. What an unbelievable place...the town is sparkling white (even in the twilight) and built on the top of the cliffs.  We arrived at our hotel after a bit of running around, settled in and then went out for some dinner. We are staying a Pension Petros...close to town, very clean however...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Santorini-Greece

Monday 26th September 2011 Weather:-Windy/Big Waves Santorini-Greece We were ‘little stop outs’ last night as we did not get back to our cabin until around 12:30am. The theme of the day was “Festive Italiana” and they had a good Latin American band playing on the pool deck so we went up there after dinner for a listen and a dance—it made for a fun evening and we enjoyed ourselves. We also went back to the more formal restaurant for dinner and found that the atmosphere there is more relaxed as well. I suppose for the staff it takes a couple...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Santorini

OH WOW WOW WOW, Santorini what an amazing sight!!!!! We arrived at 1.30pm so able to enjoy all the views from our balcony. We dropped anchor just off shore as we tender into shore. When we arrived at the small port area it was very crowed as we were one of 3 cruise ships in today and to get up the cliff to the town of Santorini you have 3 choices, cable car, donkey or walk. We took the 3rd option so as to soak in all the views and not wait in long, long lines, but oh boy oh boy it was very steep, very HOT and it was like running the 'donkey...

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Dec 6, 2010 - Akrotiri

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Shortly after Santorini’s volcanoes became dormant, people began arriving to take advantage of the fertile soil on the eastern portions of the island. The Minoans flourished during the 400 years between 2000 BC and 1600 BC when their highly sophisticated culture was destroyed by the world’s most gargantuan eruption ever. In 1967 the excavations of the ancient city of Akrotiri began and what the archeologists unearthed is truly remarkable. Buildings, some as tall as three stories, had been buried in ash preserving stunning...

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