Santorini - WOW!!

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Steph and I at the hot mineral springs near the volcano, just been covered in mud!!!

Words cannot even express how beautiful this place is, so I wont even try and be eloquent......but this place is as spectacular as all the guidebooks say. It used to be a massive volcano but blew itself apart and now is a ring of islands around the central and still active volcano. Our action packed time here included a trip out to the volcano itself which is called Nea Kameni. They have dug a 30cm hole in which you can put your hand and amazingly that small depth down is 100 degrees - far out!! I am a volcano freak, so walking around on an active volcano was an amazing highlight! It was here that we bumped into an old MLC girl I knew called Emily. It was great to catch up with her and have another comrade to knock around with!!

We then went out to Palea Kameni which is a small island that has natural hot mineral springs.

Town of Oia, just before the "magical" sunset.
The boat pulls into the bay and we all got to JUMP off the bow into the ocean and then swim into shore, getting warmer and warmer (and browner)!! We then covered ourselves in the mud, which is a natural exfoliator...fantastic for us dirty backpackers! It was also great to see bubbles still coming up from underground and find floating bits of pumice stone. We cruised back to the town and then climbed the donkey trail...this is a series of about 800 stairs that are packed with donkey's for fat and lazy tourists to ride - no way was I supporting having hundreds of donkey's standing around in the heat and walking up and down the same path alllll day! Thats just mean! Steph and I made the gigantic climb and were very proud of ourselves!

That night we went out to Oia for a sunset picnic. This setting is meant to be the most fantastic sunset you will ever see.

One of the amazing cafe views in Santorini, enjoying our Frappe!
..I must say it was quite good, but probably not worth the spontaneous applause the crowd breaks into when the sun disappears!!!! Hehe funny!

The next day was a cruisy shopping and cafe day while the next day....we hired a FOUR WHEELER!!!! Awesome!! We first went out to Akrotiri to have a swim at the Red Beach and then hooned over to the Black Beach at Perissa. When I say hooned...I mean I was very careful! There has been so much warning about these bikes for tourists, so we were both very careful driving but still pushed it to its maximum! After our swim and lunch we went to try and see the hilltop archaelogical site of Ancient Thira. We must have taken a wrong turn as we ended up at the hiking trail and it wasnt until the top (and half a sweaty hour later) that we realised there was actually a road to the top.

Vrrroooom Vrrroooom!!!
What made it even worse was that it was then closed for siesta. I was heartbroken as I really wanted to see these ancient dwellings. Oh well, at least we got a fantastic view and some exercise for our growing waistlines!

We then went out to Kamari (another Black Beach) which was beautiful also, and sipped our Frappe's at the beachside cafe....stunning! Unfortunately, we had to give the bike back as we were leaving the next day, but maybe, just maybe, I could get one when I get home?!?! We finished off our time in Santorini with a sunset dinner overlooking the Caldera and enjoying our last traditional greek meal...it really is a beautiful place and I would love to come back some day for some more volcanic and scootering action!!

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Steph and I at the hot mineral spr…
Steph and I at the hot mineral sp…
Town of Oia, just before the magi…
Town of Oia, just before the "mag…
One of the amazing cafe views in S…
One of the amazing cafe views in …
Vrrroooom Vrrroooom!!!
Vrrroooom Vrrroooom!!!
Beat this dinner view!!
Beat this dinner view!!
Santorini
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