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A door leading to a restaurant patio

We drove into Fira from Villa Manos.   It was a fun drive..... the businesses were lined on the streets and I loved looking at the little restaurants especially.   I wanted to try every one....   We found the public parking lot in Fira and tried to park where we wouldn't get bumped.  We noticed quite a few of the cars had really thick dust and looked like they had been there for weeks.  So it must be a pretty safe lot.  We walked up the incline into town....  we found the museum pretty quickly ....  We walked into the museum then found the ticket booth was outside and around the building from the door.   That was different.

bell towers ~ Fira
   While David bought tickets I saw a bead store across the street.  I ran over to buy beads for Cate but they were closed.   I would have to get them later..... 

The museum was called the Museum of Prehistoric Thira.   It was very well put together although it was quite small.  It was arranged in a square and we turned to our right to properly see the displays and the timeline.  The first diplays were fossels and maps of Santorini.   The next was the Neolithic and bronze age displays.  The rest of the  displays were the from the city of Akortira.   One piece that was really unusual was a wooden table, long vanished:  The shape and design were frozen the the lava.

This pot has a great shape and design... unglazed.
  They poured plaster into it much like they did at Pompeii.   The resulting mold was surprisingly intricate.  I loved that not all of the desplays were behind glass.  They had large (really large) pots.  They also had a bath tub and the frescos displays "open air".   My favorite frescos were the blue monkeys.  I thought the monkey paintings were very clever and realistic in their poses.  Some of the painting style reminded us of the paintings on Crete.   The excavation site of Akrotiri was unique as it was abandoned before it was covered in ash.  Most of the valuable items were taken as the people left...  The museum consists of mainly pottery and frescos.
pitcher .. wave and leaf design
..  There is one gold ibex that was recovered. 

The one thing I wanted to see was the fresco of the man holding the blue  and yellow fish.   I asked at the museum exit if it was there.  The girl said it was there but it was downstairs and was not viewed by visitors.   I asked if there was anyway to pay a special fee to see it but she said it was strictly off limits. She said there was a reproduction at another place but not at this museum.    I was really sorry to not see it..  When we left the museum we saw an art display and the fish picture was there..  I felt tacky but I took a picture of it.   We didn't see the reproduction on this trip but hopefully will on the next trip.  We will spend more time wandering and less time "doing".

circle design... look at the intricate top
. .. that is more our style.  We are always lucky when we wander.

We went also to the state run Archeological Museum.   When we walked in the employees were talking and seemed annoyed at the interuption of selling tickets.   I compounded it by wanting to buy a tablet....  They didn't seem very happy  with us at all.   We found the displays were not well marked.  Some did not have dates or where the items were found.  I really enjoyed the pots and the patterns.  Some were circles, swastikas, birds, lions, flowers, wave and other borders.  I couldn't believe how much detail went into the pots.  They were some of the best I have ever seen.  But it was very hard to photograph...

The largest problem was the rooms had many windows and there were major reflections on all of the glass display cases.

bird with worm..
  It was very difficult to get good shots.  I have quite a few unusable photos that have me clearly reflected instead of the displays.  Plus the glare canceled out many of the pictures or my camera would focus on the reflection instead of the museum item and pictures are out of focus..  One section of the museum it was forbidden to take photographs.  But the end of the "no photograph" area was not marked..  I asked a rather annoyed man at what point I could photograph...   We didn't spend more than 45 minutes in the museum.   The actual items in the museum were good quality. 

We walked up the walkway and looked around a bit before we went to the car to go to a black sand beach.   We followed the map and eventually found the black sand beach.

fruit?....
  The sand was actually just plain grey.  Nothing like the black sand beaches in Hawaii.   Ben and David went into the water.  I wasn't keen on going in.   They said they could see fish in the water next to them...  I finally waded out and was surprised at how colorful the fish were.  

Ben talked me into going up to the car to change into my swimming suit.  I reluctantly walked up to the car and got my suit out of the trunk.  I got into the front seat to change... It was kind of the edge of a parking area but there were houses nearby too.   It was awkward changing and I got the giggles thinking about how stupid I must look wiggling around trying to put it on without being too obvious.   About this time I looked back at the beach and saw the fisherman I had passed on my way had taken off his pants and was laying naked on the sand.

Akrotiri church
   That really made me laugh at myself then.... what was I worried about?  At least I wasn't going to show my  bottom.........I finally got the damned suit on and stuffed my other clothes into the trunk.  I walked back to where Ben and David were (the fisherman was gone so apparently he gave up on tanning his white parts....)   I waded in up to my waist and watched the fish below the surface...   Ben ran and got his camera and took a few pictures  of David and me...(hopefully he'll never post them because I was in a bathing suit  :o ....)  After about 1/2 hour we walked back to the car to drive to the red sand beach.    

The red sand beach was past a little church....  I stopped and took pictures of the church.

pots
....  It had an interesting "hay" looking cross on the roof.   The white church was in front of a gigantic red volcanic rock mountain.   We walked across the parking lot and walked up the trail.   We reached the top of the ridge and looked down at a small beach .....   wwayyyy down at the beach.    I immediatlely said I wasn't that interested in going and I would stay at the top.   David also opted not to go down the steep trail....   Ben didn't want to miss going to the beach and went on down.   I took pictures from the top.... Ben was dwafed by an immense rock....  (yeah, it was a red rock)....   We took pictures of the sunset and  Ben finally came up and we drove back to the motel.    We decided to go into town for dinner.
flowers above a taverna

It took us quite a while to find an open restaurant in town....  Someone finally directed us to one.  We walked in and were greeted by a number of kittens....  As soon as we sat down one of the kittens started playing with the end of my scarf.  Another jumped into my lap and started purring.   David was laughing....   We ordered wine and dinner ....  I thought the dinner would be a disaster with the kittens but another couple came in and the kittens moved to their table.   We loved the menu and ordered a great meal.     We sat out on the outer deck and looked down towards the town.  The meal was really above average.   We drove home happy.

this was the wine caraf
 

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Koralifix says:
Thanks for bringing the museum to us ;) Lovely photos!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2009
margmack says:
Luv this ancient greek pottery.
Posted on: Dec 30, 2008
marksreynolds says:
We saw the area where they are still uncovering the old city from the water during our catamaran trip around the island. Never did make the drive to the actual museum, but now I have it right here :]
Posted on: Dec 14, 2008
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A door leading to a restaurant pat…
A door leading to a restaurant pa…
bell towers ~ Fira
bell towers ~ Fira
This pot has a great shape and des…
This pot has a great shape and de…
pitcher .. wave and leaf design
pitcher .. wave and leaf design
circle design... look at the intri…
circle design... look at the intr…
bird with worm..
bird with worm..
fruit?....
fruit?....
Akrotiri church
Akrotiri church
pots
pots
flowers above a taverna
flowers above a taverna
this was the wine caraf
this was the wine caraf
Large mouthed jars...
Large mouthed jars...
different pot... also out of focus…
different pot... also out of focu…
circle design with flowers on top …
circle design with flowers on top…
pot...
pot...
figure
figure
the back of a church near the arch…
the back of a church near the arc…
3 pots...
3 pots...
out of focus... no excuse... look …
out of focus... no excuse... look…
pot detail
pot detail
fossilized olive leaves. very rare…
fossilized olive leaves. very rar…
pot.. Amphora... cemetary of ancie…
pot.. Amphora... cemetary of anci…
Spedos type Marble figure: 2700-23…
Spedos type Marble figure: 2700-2…
.... I dont know what this is.. a…
.... I don't know what this is.. …
marble collared jars: found in cem…
marble collared jars: found in ce…
details of pot... 750 bc
details of pot... 750 bc
clay bowls: found in the cemetary …
clay bowls: found in the cemetary…
upper pat of kore    750 BC
upper pat of kore 750 BC
cups, jars, pig and bull. from 220…
cups, jars, pig and bull. from 22…
lion
lion
pouring jugs: 20-19 century BC Mus…
pouring jugs: 20-19 century BC Mu…
pots...
pots...
pouring jugs 2000-1900 BC found in…
pouring jugs 2000-1900 BC found i…
pots
pots
pouring jug... I love the spouts -…
pouring jug... I love the spouts …
bird
bird
pouring jugs... baby feeders, bowl…
pouring jugs... baby feeders, bow…
bird on pot
bird on pot
jugs with designs...  2000-1900 BC…
jugs with designs... 2000-1900 B…
bird on pot...
bird on pot...
2000-1900 BC : jugs with fish on t…
2000-1900 BC : jugs with fish on …
....  pot
.... pot
jars and cup: early 17th century B…
jars and cup: early 17th century …
bird on pot
bird on pot
plaster cast of carved wooden tabl…
plaster cast of carved wooden tab…
Strange bird like thing on pot
Strange bird like thing on pot
plaster cast~ Museum of Prehistori…
plaster cast~ Museum of Prehistor…
Terra cotta with incised pattern...
Terra cotta with incised pattern...
plaster cast~ Museum of Prehistori…
plaster cast~ Museum of Prehistor…
terra cotta pot with incised patte…
terra cotta pot with incised patt…
Stone Lamp and clay pots; 17th cen…
Stone Lamp and clay pots; 17th ce…
vessels
vessels
17th century BC... clay pots ~ Mus…
17th century BC... clay pots ~ Mu…
Look how unusual these are with th…
Look how unusual these are with t…
clay portable oven> 17th century B…
clay portable oven> 17th century …
pots
pots
cooking pots with spouts ~ Museum …
cooking pots with spouts ~ Museum…
Great pattern
Great pattern
This was used to cook meat over a …
This was used to cook meat over a…
Iron Hydra~ Museum of Prehistoric …
Iron Hydra~ Museum of Prehistoric…
frying pan... shallow pots ~ Museu…
frying pan... shallow pots ~ Muse…
pots  ...  these were huge ~ Museu…
pots ... these were huge ~ Muse…
David is 2 meters high so you can …
David is 2 meters high so you can…
Loom weights  17th century BC ~ Mu…
Loom weights 17th century BC ~ M…
pots..~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots..~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
spouted pots...~ Museum of Prehist…
spouted pots...~ Museum of Prehis…
offering table with dolphins ~ Mus…
offering table with dolphins ~ Mu…
offering table... 17th century BC …
offering table... 17th century BC…
Offering table ~ Museum of Prehist…
Offering table ~ Museum of Prehis…
Wall frescos ~ Museum of Prehistor…
Wall frescos ~ Museum of Prehisto…
wall fresco ~ Museum of Prehistori…
wall fresco ~ Museum of Prehistor…
fresco of a woman ~ Museum of Preh…
fresco of a woman ~ Museum of Pre…
fresco... (Hmmmm maybe David could…
fresco... (Hmmmm maybe David coul…
fresco.... I love these ~ Museum o…
fresco.... I love these ~ Museum …
fresco ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thi…
fresco ~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
fresco ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thi…
fresco ~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
pots with flowers and dolphins ~ M…
pots with flowers and dolphins ~ …
dolphin pot ~ Museum of Prehistori…
dolphin pot ~ Museum of Prehistor…
huge pots with dolphins ~ Museum o…
huge pots with dolphins ~ Museum …
pots with dolphins ~ Museum of Pre…
pots with dolphins ~ Museum of Pr…
pots ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots ~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
conical cylinder: funnel  17th cen…
conical cylinder: funnel 17th ce…
jugs with spouts ~ Museum of Prehi…
jugs with spouts ~ Museum of Preh…
wine jug~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
wine jug~ Museum of Prehistoric T…
wine jugs~ Museum of Prehistoric T…
wine jugs~ Museum of Prehistoric …
wine jugs... I think these have oc…
wine jugs... I think these have o…
bulls...~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
bulls...~ Museum of Prehistoric T…
pig..~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pig..~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
bird pot 18th to 20 century BC ~ M…
bird pot 18th to 20 century BC ~ …
jugs, cups~ Museum of Prehistoric …
jugs, cups~ Museum of Prehistoric…
pots~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
spouted pots~ Museum of Prehistori…
spouted pots~ Museum of Prehistor…
pots with bird~ Museum of Prehisto…
pots with bird~ Museum of Prehist…
pot~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pot~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
alabaster ~ Museum of Prehistoric …
alabaster ~ Museum of Prehistoric…
funnel, cups~ Museum of Prehistori…
funnel, cups~ Museum of Prehistor…
large po~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
large po~ Museum of Prehistoric T…
pots~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
pots~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
amphora~ Museum of Prehistoric Thi…
amphora~ Museum of Prehistoric Th…
wall fresco.. ~ Museum of Prehisto…
wall fresco.. ~ Museum of Prehist…
wall fresco with goat~ Museum of P…
wall fresco with goat~ Museum of …
goat~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
goat~ Museum of Prehistoric Thira
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistoric…
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistori…
blue monkey 17th century BC ~ Muse…
blue monkey 17th century BC ~ Mus…
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistoric…
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistori…
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistoric…
blue monkey~ Museum of Prehistori…
cathedral church : Light of the Lo…
cathedral church : Light of the L…
ceiling of church... amazing colors
ceiling of church... amazing colors
alcoves
alcoves
bible stories told in pictures
bible stories told in pictures
picture in church
picture in church
carved wooden stand
carved wooden stand
carved cross
carved cross
beautiful stained glass
beautiful stained glass
carving...
carving...
ceiling
ceiling
ceiling
ceiling
wall of church
wall of church
Outside the church
Outside the church
Cathedral church of candlemas of t…
Cathedral church of candlemas of …
this is made of rounded rocks and …
this is made of rounded rocks and…
to the side of the church... plant…
to the side of the church... plan…
looking down
looking down
patio of a restaurant
patio of a restaurant
patio
patio
baked goods....
baked goods....
picture of boxing boys
picture of boxing boys
looking over the side at two cruis…
looking over the side at two crui…
See the white on the top of the mo…
See the white on the top of the m…
another view
another view
outside of the Church of Candlemas
outside of the Church of Candlemas
Looking down at someones roof pat…
Looking down at someone's roof pa…
planters
planters
old door frame
old door frame
abandoned house... it was so fancy…
abandoned house... it was so fanc…
same abandoned house... look at th…
same abandoned house... look at t…
Archeological museum pots
Archeological museum pots
old pot: not glazed...
old pot: not glazed...
ocean wave and fern patterneed pot
ocean wave and fern patterneed pot
patterned pot
patterned pot
pots
pots
spouted pot
spouted pot
pots
pots
item for sale at an art shop
item for sale at an art shop
the Greek Tavern!
the Greek Tavern!
this is also the Greek Tavern... l…
this is also the Greek Tavern... …
looking up the street
looking up the street
I have never seen a plant like this
I have never seen a plant like this
fancy iron gate
fancy iron gate
church
church
caldera
caldera
looking towards the volcanic middle
looking towards the volcanic middle
looking out
looking out
houses on the edge
houses on the edge
This snakey road is the one we cam…
This snakey road is the one we ca…
road
road
we stopped to look at these... a b…
we stopped to look at these... a …
Church  .....  so beautiful
Church ..... so beautiful
church
church
detail of church door
detail of church door
a guy was launching his boat
a guy was launching his boat
church
church
church
church
this was the area near the church.…
this was the area near the church…
Akrotiri church.. near the red san…
Akrotiri church.. near the red sa…
church near the red sand beach
church near the red sand beach
church bells with volcanic red roc…
church bells with volcanic red ro…
nearing sunset
nearing sunset
looking out by Akrotiri
looking out by Akrotiri
rocks .. look how clear the water …
rocks .. look how clear the water…
sunset near the red beach
sunset near the red beach
nearing sunset
nearing sunset
Akrotiri red beach... We didnt cl…
Akrotiri red beach... We didn't c…
Akrotiri red beach... Ben is stand…
Akrotiri red beach... Ben is stan…
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
nice clouds
nice clouds
looking across to a little town
looking across to a little town
a little inlet near a town
a little inlet near a town
sunset
sunset
huge red boulders....
huge red boulders....
David near the red sand beach
David near the red sand beach
church...photos from back seat
church...photos from back seat
I love life...I drive safely...  f…
I love life...I drive safely... …
cruise ship in Caldera
cruise ship in Caldera
Dinner downtown
Dinner downtown
Dinner down town
Dinner down town
Sylvia, Ben and David at dinner
Sylvia, Ben and David at dinner
Sylvia, Ben and David at dinner
Sylvia, Ben and David at dinner
Fira
photo by: WorldXplorer