Day 6: Santorini
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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.
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.