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Santorini Travel Blog

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[Well, I know I'm behind by about a week for my blogging, but computer access has been lacking..I'm back here at school and even though I'm not writing what's currently happening, let's pretend, shall we?]

So after our brief stay in Athens, we headed to the small, but popular island of Santorini.  We left Athens and arrived in Santorini in the early afternoon.  The island is known for its commonly used white and blue houses and domes,  which grace the pages of many a "Greek Island" calendar.  Well, the island lived up to the hype and was probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

  We stayed at a place called Filloterravillas, which are traditional "cave houses", in the city of Oia.  The view from our front porch was stunning!  You basically have this curvature in the land where you can see the tiers of houses on both sides and the vast wide ocean in front of you.  It was pretty unbelievable that we were actually staying there, but it's off season so we got a pretty good price on the rooms.  So, this place was the complete opposite of many of the places that we've been to so far in that there aren't any tourist sights.  So we spent the rest of the day sitting in front of the beautiful view, snacking and swimming.  There was a main pedestrian street along the front of our hotel, so we could walk along the shops and stores without a care in the world.
Kevin, Camille and Ricardo
  Shaun, Ricardo and I went down this path made for donkey rides that led to the water.  The steps were huge and sloped and let's just say after walking back up, I'll think twice about going back down!

Our second day in Santorini was unfortunately worse than our first.  We were hit with a huge thunderstorm that lasted pretty much the whole day.  This basically allowed us to stay in the rooms and hang out, which was fine for me because it was just pure relaxation and laziness!  We did get to go out a little in the evening and managed to grab some gyros for dinner.  Our third day was similar to the other two in that we didn't really do much...This probably sounds boring, but it was a nice change of pace and a good way to relax before the trip to Cairo.

Amazing
  Just look at the pictures...they speak for themselves..

There are a few interesting things I learned about Greece during my four days there.  The first is that Greek is impossible to even attempt learning.  You know how in other languages, you can at least try and sound out the words?  Well, when they have their own alphabet, that doesn't really work.  I think they've realized this because they all speak English and all written material is in both Greek and English.  Another thing that I've learned is that the stereotypical Greek personality (ie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") isn't far from the truth...Greeks are a fun and interesting people, that's for sure.  There is also an abundance of Greek stray cats and dogs, which are more like adopted city pets.  We adopted a dog, who we named "Larry" and a few cats.  Larry would even follow us around and sleep on our porch!  The Greek food that I had was pretty good, but I only had one meal which was way better than anything back home.  All in all, Greece is a great place to visit and you definitely need more than 4 days to see it.  A month would probably be best, but then again, there are a lot of islands!

mattgee says:
Thanks carpefunk...hope you get the chance to go yourself!
Posted on: Nov 08, 2007
carpefunk says:
wow man, those are amazing photos! I've never even heard of Santorini before.. but I'm going now!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2007
krystieo says:
great entry, matthew. :)
Posted on: Oct 30, 2007
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What am I doing?
What am I doing?
Kevin, Camille and Ricardo
Kevin, Camille and Ricardo
Amazing
Amazing
Arriving at the hotel
Arriving at the hotel
Hard walk back up...
Hard walk back up...
Beatiful view
Beatiful view
Crazy Camille hair
Crazy Camille hair
I love this view
I love this view
Bad weather
Bad weather
Getting a little windy
Getting a little windy
The local church
The local church
Veronica and her adopted dogs
Veronica and her adopted dogs
This is what we did all day...
This is what we did all day...
Santorini
photo by: wanderingluster