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sunset over the caldera

After breakfast the next morning we decided to go on a tour that took us to the caldera onto one of the islands and to a hot springs ....   We drove to town.....  I took my usual frustrated pictures from the back seat.....  Considering the speed I did get a few good shots.....   We parked at one end of town and walked up to the main town.....

We went into town first to get food at the bakery.   Once we had our lunch and some water we started thinking about where we needed to meet the boat for the tour.  As luck would have it we were at the exact wrong part of town.   David and Ben took off running....  I was supposed to run but I got annoyed that we weren't just taking a taxi instead of killing ourselves so I took pictures as I trotted behind the boys.

pot
    I was tired and hot and peeved that we weren't enjoying the town as we raced through.   David met me at the top of the tram.  He had paid for the tickets already and was waiting for me.  I was really  warm from hurrying........ we stuffed into the tram pod with three cruise people who were astonished at us in general.   They just stared at us as we decended down to the caldera floor.  I continued taking pictures and tried to act much cooler than I looked.  (my face was beet red and I was a puddle....)  

When we got to the boat I was happy to see it was an old fashioned wooden boat.   It had a huge wooden mast and a second floor.  All of the wood was beautifully varnished.

flower pots at top of stairs
   We got on and found a place to sit in the back area.    We found we were next to a couple who were on their 3 month honeymoon.    What a smart couple... they had a wedding and took off immediately afterwards... most of their gifts were money.   

We got to the caldera island and found we needed to pay an entrance fee.  There were souvenier volcanic rocks we could buy but I wanted to wait....  A few people headed to the top of the island... David and I decided to head towards the first large mountain....  It was really hot and the land was crumbling large black jagged stones.  There was a trail lined with huge stones....   we followed it then we went towards a flag that was off the main path.

White pot with blue sky ... sigh... wish I were there now!...
....  David made it to the flag and I stopped at the middle of the hill... unusual for me to not go all the way but I got a picture of David...  he reported there was not much there ... and I was about 30 feet short...   David made his way back to me and we picked our way back....    As we walked we were shocked at the amount of litter.   But weird litter....   buckets and things that looked like tubes.....   We finally decided it must be left overs from fireworks.   From our perspective it was wrong to leave this trash!  There were deer or goat dropping  that were old and we noticed the grass shoots weren't chewed off so either they were on the other side of the island or .
a beautiful church!
...    .....  we hated to think.  

We walked back down the hill ....  it was rough going.   I moved quite a few larger loose stones in the path to make it safer for hikers....   The ticket booth was abandoned and I was not able to buy the lava sample they had packaged in little boxes.   I wanted it on our way up but opted not to carry it with us...  Oh well.   Next time...  We sat in the shade on the boat and drank water waiting for the boat to take off.... 

Our next stop was the sulfer hot springs....  I was really keen to see it.   After about a 20 minute ride the boat stopped in a little inlet....  The captain announced that the springs were against the side of the inlet and instructed people to jump out and swim over.

House with blue door
   I was really disappointed as I wasn't a strong enough swimmer to go that far.  Quite a few people didn't jump in... I don't know if they were in the same problem I had but I had really wanted to see the springs.   The water was supposed to be warm but when people jumped in most of them reported it was freezing.   The honeymoon couple asked me to get into their pack and photograph them....  I took several and they swam over to the springs.   Ben swam over with a group and eventually  came back.   He had me take his picture also.   He brought me a yellow rock from  the springs... it was so nice of him....  it was really light and smooth.
iron gate
..  I was really pleased to have it.    Everyone came back ...  quite a few of them reported the "hot" springs was difficult to tell if it was warmer than the other or not... they said they thought they could tell it was a little warm but not much....   So maybe I didn't miss so much!..... we returned to the main docks.  

A man was at the docks selling rides on donkeys for 5 Euro.   I said no then I walked over and looked at the trail.... hmmmm... it did look like more fun than the tram.    David paid the 5 Euro and I got into line.     Coincidentally the honeymoon couple were also there.   One of the donkeys  fell......  the girl said I don't want that one and the guy lead it over to her.

church bells
.   I was surprised at how sweaty and tired it looked.  She protested then got on at the man's insistance.   Her husband got a larger animal.   I got a white donkey that I noticed right away how it carried it head like it was tired.  David took my picture and then the donkey took off up the stairs... (David couldn't give me back my camera but it came out to be a blessing.)   Then the bad thing happened..... one donkey got away from the man and began racing up the stairs with no rider.   It was somehow a partner to mine and mine also began racing up the stairs.....  Over and over the four donkeys crossed each other and shoved each other and fought to be the lead.
bell towers
...  sometimes we were almost dragging our knees on the sides...  it was actually alarming to be on an animal crisscrossing and pushing each other.   Another alarming thing was how long the hike was....   towards the top all three of our donkeys were fatigued and stumbling.   The riderless one continued egging them on.  We three riders were not having fun at all.   One of the donkey ride helpers stopped the three donkeys when we were about a block from the top.   We were all happy to dismount and walk through the droppings to the top.   We talked all the way about how lucky we were that we hadn't been hurt...    It was the craziest ride I had ever been on ...
A sweet and improved church picture
.. 

David met me at the top and told me Ben had walked back to the car to bring it closer so we didn't have to walk through the town again.   I was happy to walk and photograph and duck into interesting shops....    I got some Christmas ornaments for the girls and chatted with the store owners.  Apparently the cruise ships would be stopping and a lot of the owners were about to close for the season.   I looked at jewelry at one of the many jewelry stores  (although many were closed) ...  one lady got me and would not let me leave....   David came and quickly accessed the situation and told me we have to go NOW to meet Ben...    she grabbed him too but he was strong and pulled me out of the store.

..   I was cracking up .....   I told him I stepped in and she jumped on and rode me like a horse .... I was calling her my jewelry jockey..... then around the corner came Ben....  bad luck here... we had to go by my jockey again.....  she jumped Ben but he escaped pretty quickly.   The shame of it was I was really interested in getting an $800 ring but she was way too pushy ....  I can't buy from a hard sale person.

We walked around a bit in the shops on the caldera edge and walked to the car.   We returned on the same road and went into the Santos wine distribution store.   We bought some wine, liquor and pepper corns...   then we went out to the edge and watched the sunset.

patio
  We got a plate of finger foods and a bottle of wine.   In my heart of hearts I wanted to be in town photographing a church with the sunset ..... but the sunset was beautiful from the winery too......     Quite a few cars arrived and the people ran over to the area we sat in to see the sunset...     I have to say it was one of the most unusual sunsets I have ever seen.......  lots of beautiful reflective light...  

We returned afterwards to the motel.   We were tired and decided to go to dinner close by.... then Ben wanted to go to the same place as the night before..   it was excellent so it didn't take too much to talk us into it.    The cats greeted us like old friends.

Door with little pink plant
...   Then!  What a surprise the honeymoon couple were there.....  We talked on and on about the donkey ride.... My oh my.... we were so lucky not be be hurt!   We returned to the hotel to pack as we were leaving the next morning.....     :(     

Later David said we should have cancelled the plane....paid the fees and rescheduled for a few days later..... He was so right..... This island was too beautiful to hurry through! 

strategos says:
i havent noticed u had a blog about that island. its beautiful, amazing, magical... my favorite!!! i enjoyed ur story +ur fotoz... as always!! :D:D:D
Posted on: Sep 05, 2011
Dr_Seuss says:
My favourite Greek island. Don't think I have ever come back from somewhere as fit as I did from here
Posted on: Nov 08, 2009
free08 says:
What a story! U could have been hurt!

So beautiful there, always wanted to go to Greece!
Great photos!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2009
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sunset over the caldera
sunset over the caldera
pot
pot
flower pots at top of stairs
flower pots at top of stairs
White pot with blue sky ... sigh..…
White pot with blue sky ... sigh.…
a beautiful church!
a beautiful church!
House with blue door
House with blue door
iron gate
iron gate
church bells
church bells
bell towers
bell towers
A sweet and improved church picture
A sweet and improved church picture
patio
patio
Door with little pink plant
Door with little pink plant
scenery
scenery
picture from the backseat
picture from the backseat
a blue gate...
a blue gate...
looking down the road
looking down the road
a peach colored building...
a peach colored building...
houses
houses
I love this building...
I love this building...
looking towards the water
looking towards the water
cliffs
cliffs
houses... with blue domed churches
houses... with blue domed churches
blue door.. one level below me
blue door.. one level below me
Church
Church
looking down into the town...
looking down into the town...
looking at the trails snaking up
looking at the trails snaking up
looking into the town
looking into the town
looking at the houses
looking at the houses
Tranquil fishing scene
Tranquil fishing scene
houses with a view
houses with a view
church
church
beautiful iron gates painted blue
beautiful iron gates painted blue
church
church
church
church
looking down... I can see a strata…
looking down... I can see a strat…
looking down
looking down
church
church
A girl walking towards the town ar…
A girl walking towards the town a…
a blue gate
a blue gate
church with terra cotta doors
church with terra cotta doors
Geraniums
Geraniums
scene of Santorini
scene of Santorini
looking down into the town
looking down into the town
looking across the town
looking across the town
looing down
looing down
A little patio....(I felt like a p…
A little patio....(I felt like a …
looking up the sidewalk ... off se…
looking up the sidewalk ... off s…
Church....
Church....
a darling house with piers and sea…
a darling house with piers and se…
Church...
Church...
churh with bells
churh with bells
David and Ben leaving me in the du…
David and Ben leaving me in the d…
House with blue door
House with blue door
wonderful arches on a house
wonderful arches on a house
blue door...
blue door...
blue window
blue window
This was a cave next to the road..…
This was a cave next to the road.…
bak of the cave... graffiti and a …
bak of the cave... graffiti and a…
cave
cave
I loved the different lava rocks o…
I loved the different lava rocks …
scene of Santorini
scene of Santorini
House with plant in front
House with plant in front
Dog Tired! ...
Dog Tired! ...
Cats on roof of home..
Cats on roof of home..
Balcony with a view!
Balcony with a view!
Tiles with rounded rocks in betwee…
Tiles with rounded rocks in betwe…
Tile and rock patio..
Tile and rock patio..
looking out!
looking out!
Town
Town
Path going through town..
Path going through town..
David and Ben on the town path
David and Ben on the town path
Yellow lichen growing on rocks...
Yellow lichen growing on rocks...
Scene by front door
Scene by front door
House... I love the little balcony
House... I love the little balcony
House
House
Painting that is like the museum o…
Painting that is like the museum …
patio on Santorini
patio on Santorini
Santorini town
Santorini town
view
view
iron gate
iron gate
church bells
church bells
House
House
House with blue window
House with blue window
little blue gate
little blue gate
door with unusual steps
door with unusual steps
Looking down
Looking down
Looking down
Looking down
church ...
church ...
church... closer
church... closer
A nice blue door....
A nice blue door....
Fira ...  Santorini
Fira ... Santorini
taken as we went down the tram... …
taken as we went down the tram...…
looking down from the car
looking down from the car
volcanic ground...
volcanic ground...
the walking trail winding up
the walking trail winding up
the harbor...
the harbor...
Harbor
Harbor
town .. santorini
town .. santorini
this is the path winding up
this is the path winding up
Harbor with winding stairs to go up
Harbor with winding stairs to go up
Strata of volcanic red
Strata of volcanic red
a little house built into the cliff
a little house built into the cliff
machinery for the tram
machinery for the tram
going up.....
going up.....
A hotel / castle near the bottom
A hotel / castle near the bottom
sailing out
sailing out
Teetering houses....
Teetering houses....
Houses on top of the caldera edge
Houses on top of the caldera edge
this is the island.... dark and ba…
this is the island.... dark and b…
rocks... more like obsedian
rocks... more like obsedian
The boats... ours is the little on…
The boats... ours is the little o…
the bay ...
the bay ...
porous rocks...
porous rocks...
rocks and more rocks
rocks and more rocks
looking out to the water
looking out to the water
Yeah, its a rock
Yeah, it's a rock
Do you see the people?
Do you see the people?
valley of the rocks
valley of the rocks
landscape...
landscape...
looking across the rocks, water & …
looking across the rocks, water &…
little canopies put up as shade fo…
little canopies put up as shade f…
rough landscape
rough landscape
caldera....  the houses look like …
caldera.... the houses look like…
Sylvia and David...  We are pretty…
Sylvia and David... We are prett…
the little 2 story boat in the fro…
the little 2 story boat in the fr…
long view of the boats and inlet
long view of the boats and inlet
flag on the hill
flag on the hill
rocks ...  lots of them...
rocks ... lots of them...
David at the top of the hill waiti…
David at the top of the hill wait…
cruise ships...
cruise ships...
metal cans.. and little canisters …
metal cans.. and little canisters…
a tube ....  there were tons of th…
a tube .... there were tons of t…
tubes...  I think they were fuses
tubes... I think they were fuses
rusty wires and trash...
rusty wires and trash...
leaving the volcanic island
leaving the volcanic island
the foamy blue water...
the foamy blue water...
side of the island
side of the island
further away
further away
coming up to the sulfer springs
coming up to the sulfer springs
Everyone had to swim past the yell…
Everyone had to swim past the yel…
sulfe springs area
sulfe springs area
taking pictures of the inlet
taking pictures of the inlet
A little church...
A little church...
sheer rough rocks at waters edge
sheer rough rocks at water's edge
leaving the inlet
leaving the inlet
Caldera inlet
Caldera inlet
houses hear the caldera on the bot…
houses hear the caldera on the bo…
White mule...  I should not have g…
White mule... I should not have …
The honeymooners horse...  It was…
The honeymooner's horse... It wa…
Me getting on.....  The riderless …
Me getting on..... The riderless…
homes built into the mountain... a…
homes built into the mountain... …
looking at the harbor
looking at the harbor
the harbor on the right
the harbor on the right
harbor on the left...
harbor on the left...
pathway up
pathway up
path way with a little alcove to p…
path way with a little alcove to …
houses near the top....
houses near the top....
The town of Fira
The town of Fira
Fira
Fira
fira
fira
On thumbnails these look like they…
On thumbnails these look like the…
Fira
Fira
Fira
Fira
Fira
Fira
the steps were numbered!  LOL... j…
the steps were numbered! LOL... …
Santo winery where we watched the …
Santo winery where we watched the…
The winery cooperative of Santorin…
The winery cooperative of Santori…
View down from the Santo Coop
View down from the Santo Coop
Santo coop... they had chairs in t…
Santo coop... they had chairs in …
looking out on the caldera from sa…
looking out on the caldera from s…
churcch (taken from back sear...)
churcch (taken from back sear...)
The sky.... about 1/2 to sunset
The sky.... about 1/2 to sunset
Church... love the towers
Church... love the towers
cat on a wall....
cat on a wall....
sun beynd the curve of a house
sun beynd the curve of a house
Grapes are planted and put into a …
Grapes are planted and put into a…
circle of vines....  The grapes gr…
circle of vines.... The grapes g…
a little shoot circled
a little shoot circled
vine circles
vine circles
sunset from the Santos winery coop
sunset from the Santos winery coop
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
snset
snset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset... love the sky
sunset... love the sky
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset
sunset... such a blend of colors
sunset... such a blend of colors
sky above us
sky above us
sunset.  so beautiful
sunset. so beautiful
Sunset...
Sunset...
Glow of sunset
Glow of sunset
sunset... got the railing in this …
sunset... got the railing in this…
sunset
sunset
Santorini
photo by: wanderingluster