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Oct 12, 2018 - 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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May 15, 2011 - Home Again

All of the Texas Divas are safely home now (except for Judy who has been delivered to Mom and Dad in Corpus Christi). Traveling is always a combination of ordeal and adventure and we traveled about 36 hours from Santorini to our home destinations. The ferry from Santorini to Athens is huge - 6 decks and a garage hold that was stuffed full of fuel trucks, trucks with loads of utility poles and every manner of delivery truck. This ferry is slow and comfortable and very popular with locals and tourists. Ferries are a common means of...

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May 13, 2011 - Last Day Santorin

Thursday: Last evening we went to Oija about 30 minutes from Thira. It is a beautiful town that honeymooners love. We saw a Japanese bride and groom, she in her gown and he carrying the train. There are lots of cafes and shops and the views are stunning. As everywhere in Greece there are street dogs, and we are accompanied by two large half grown puppies who run and romp and play along the narrow paths with us. We eat at a little cafe (inside since it is nippy) with a great dinner with lots of calamari and octopus (no I did not eat any, but...

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May 11, 2011 - Santorini Tour

Wednesday: Today we start at 11-ish for a tour of the island of Santorini on a bus. The tour takes us to the highest spot on the island and to several of the beaches most of which have black sand, and only one has red sand. It is a volcanic island so all of the beaches are of crused volcanic material. As we wind around the island, we stop in two traditional villages that are very old, and not as modern as the capital (and tourist town) of Thira. Everything twists and winds, and there is a square with the public church but of course we see...

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May 1, 2011 - Stunning Santorini

Saturday 30 April We decide that the heavier clothes need a decent wash, and head to the laundrette, but it is a laundry service, and they want EUR8 ($15) to wash, dry and fold a basket of clothes. We gather up all we can find to fill the basket, and then go to check the bus service into town. The timetable changed overnight, and the next bus isn’t until 11am. It finally arrives at 11.30 and we head into the capital Thira. The buses are not in the best condition, but we have seen worse. We get a good tour of this part of the island, and by...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Sailing to Santorini

It is dark when we wake just after 5am, an overcast sky, but no rain, and warm enough. Not so noisy last night, but we didn’t have a restful sleep. We try to get breakfast early, but Tony is told breakfast is at 7am. We are bit pissed off because we knew it was all there and ready in the bar, and the bugger at reception had the key to it. It is not as though we going to be waited on either! We decide to walk the 300m to the bus station, shouldn’t be a problem, we have walked further at the airports, but it is still dark out, although the...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Santorini!

We have had a great 5 days in Santorini, it is a beautiful island with stunning villages on the side of the cliffs. We arrived on the ferry in the late afternoon and got a great initial view of the island Our villa has been fantastic, perfect for the family with a private pool which we have used every day! We went on a sailing trip in the afternoon around the island with a group of around 18 people. It was great fun, we stopped for swimming at a couple of places including Hot Springs Beach, where Reilly managed to swim from the boat to...

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May 24, 2007 - Santorini

I spent the first day here in Santorini on the far side of the island near a nice black sand beach. I got a little bored here so I ended up moving to the town of Fira for the next couple days. Took a tour to a volcano island which is now mosly dormant, although it did have one area with steam excaping with a strong sulpher oder. Next we went to a natural hot spring beside the island for a smim. Santorini is also known for it sunsets so I captured a few pictures

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May 6, 2007 - Santorini, Greece

Friday night, Global Volunteers had a very late dinner (9:30 PM) at the Hotel Handakas where we stayed, to celebrate with our hosts, the mayor of Gazi and his assistants. It was quite a fancy dinner for this hotel, and we were thanked as well, and all given certificates from the mayor and a promotional video about Gazi. It was a fitting way to end the program. (This program was designed to be two weeks long, with the option of one week, but everyone had signed on for two weeks, so there a nice feeling of closure. The next morning we had...

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Nov 23, 2006 - Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island located in a seismic zone which has had a siginicant effect on how the island is shaped. Once a big circular island, the middle completely dropped out after a massive earthquake. It is absolutely gorgeous. We rented a car and drove from one end to the other stopping to take as many photos as possible along the way.

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Nov 3, 2006 - Santorini, Greece

While the weather has not been what we expected, the Santorini scenery is not affected. Many of the classic views of the whitewashed homes of Greece are obviously from Santorini. The cliffside views are awesome and the variety of natural colors in the volcanic stone are in sharp contrast to the homes. While the weather is reminiscent of September at home and not beach weather, it does bring the few hotel residents out for an evening under a leaky roof at the poolside bar. A mixture of Canadian, American, Mexican and Israeli tourists having...

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Oct 30, 2006 - How to Make a Volcano Beautiful

The pictures do not lie. Santorini is breathtaking. It's more than breathtaking. It is nothing less than one of the most spectacular sites you will ever set your eyes on. The village of Fira, perched high above the sea, clinging precariously to the edge of Thira's semi extinct volcanic caldera is nothing less than spectacular. As luck would have it, I made a really good pick for our hotel, and our room is literally suspended on the edge of the caldera with a grand view of the sea below as well as the rest of Fira cascading down the slope...

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