Day 6: Santorini

Santorini Travel Blog

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view of Santorini from the ship. Notice the switchback road that takes one to the top via donkey or on foot.
 

Today our ship docked at Santorini in Greece. It was a beautiful breezy day and as soon as we were tendered off the boat (there is no port to dock in so we had to be ferried via a smaller boat to the island) we set off exploring the island.

 

The first task when visiting Santorini is to make it to the top of the hill from sea level. There are only 3 ways up the hill: in a cable car, on the back of a donkey criss-crossing the hill, or on foot. Some of the group choose the cable car and the rest chose the donkey. I didn't want to be downwind of the rear of a donkey so I opted for the cable car.

 

At the top of this hill you find yourself in the village of Fira.

Cliffs of Santorini
Originally our plan for the group was to take the public bus across the island to Oia, walk around for a couple of hours then return to Fira on the bus. Once we got to the bus station though we found they had amended the schedule to make it impossible to get to Oia and back before the ship disembarked. So we settled on two taxis to take the group over. The cabbie agreed to wait for us while we toured and we were off…

 

Oia is unique. I've certainly never been anywhere else in the world like it. The crisp white and blue color scheme, the windmills, the sea all around - these elements combine to form a lasting impression on any visitor. We took a lot of pictures, stumbled across a lot of stray dogs and had a lot of laughs among the group before heading back to Fira. Before we walked down to the boat (the knees start to hurt about halfway down the switchback road) we did a little sightseeing and snacking in Fira.

 

After the ship left Santorini its next stop was Mykonos. I'd love to tell you all about the sights we saw on this island, but sadly there was a crisis back home at my workplace and so I spent the evening in our stateroom on my blackberry exchanging emails with coworkers and clients until the matter was resolved. Jon was a steadfast companion and napped beside me the whole time. From the stories I heard from the rest of the members, Mykonos was a good stop with some memorable sights and great cuisine.

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view of Santorini from the ship. N…
view of Santorini from the ship. …
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini
Buildings among the Cliffs of Sant…
Buildings among the Cliffs of San…
Buildings among the Cliffs of Sant…
Buildings among the Cliffs of San…
Our ship, as seen from the top of …
Our ship, as seen from the top of…
Streets of Fira
Streets of Fira
View along road to Oia
View along road to Oia
Jenni poses with a local mutt
Jenni poses with a local mutt
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Jenni and Jon in Oia
Jenni and Jon in Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
Oia
View of the ocean from Oia
View of the ocean from Oia
Diane
Diane
Our ship at sea
Our ship at sea
Oia
Oia
a BRAVE stray dog in Oia
a BRAVE stray dog in Oia
another stray asleep
another stray asleep
Damali
Damali
Gated residence, Oia
Gated residence, Oia
The sun hides behind the clouds ov…
The sun hides behind the clouds o…
Sunset over the sea
Sunset over the sea
Ship at sea at dusk
Ship at sea at dusk
Casey and Ginny
Casey and Ginny
Cat on a shelf stretching
Cat on a shelf stretching
Donkeys walk up the switchback road
Donkeys walk up the switchback road
Judy contemplates the meaning of i…
Judy contemplates the meaning of …
market, Fira
market, Fira
Donkey man with his donkey for hire
Donkey man with his donkey for hire
Santorini
photo by: wanderingluster