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Oct 27, 2010 11:33 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
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Day 13 - September 11, 2010

This day we spent exploring Santorini, Greece, visiting the villages of Fira and Oia.
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Quoting:Santorini Greece in the Cyclades, Aegean, has one of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece and in the world. The traditional villages of the island, built on tall cliffs, offer a breathtaking view over the submerged volcano. They represent the beautiful Greek cliche you have always dreamed about! Among them you mustn't miss Oia, the place gifted with the most famous and stunning sunsets.

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Imagehaighr
Oct 27, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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Quoting:Santorini Greece is one of the most popular destinations of Greece and is known as the home of one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit Santorini to discover the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater, which is situated today in the middle of a 32 square miles basin of water. Around the basin, hanging on cliffs of 150m to 300m height, one can admire some of the most beautiful traditional villages of the Cyclades. The lively colours of the white Cycladic houses and blue painted windows contrast stunningly against the black volcanic rocks rising from sea. This scenery keeps inspiring artists and visitors…These villages are named Fira, Firostefani, Immerovigli and Oia.

The island name comes from ‘Santa Irini’ and it is officially called Thera.
Santorini is located in the south of the Cycladic islands, just between Ios and Anafi, 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical miles from Crete. The island covers an area of 96 km2, has a coastline of 69 kilometres and its length reaches 18 km. Santorini has a population of about 6500-7000 inhabitants during winter, a number that rises up to 11.000 during the summer.

During the ancient times, the shape of Santorini was circular and that was the reason it was also called Strongili, which means circular in Greek. The volcano’s eruption destroyed the centre of the island, causing it to sink and to create today’s caldera.
The first eruption of the Volcano took place around 1500 BC, and is said to be responsible for the destruction of the great Minoan civilisation of Crete. The last eruption took place in 1956 but the volcano remains active until today. Some believe that the destruction of Santorini could be related to that of the mythical Atlantis.
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Imagehaighr
Oct 27, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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We took this tender into the port. The villages sit on top of the cliff and it is quite a precarious drive up there. We were in a full size bus and I tell you that it is very steep and very sharp turns. When we were at the top at one point we all had to get off the bus so the driver could make a turn without threat to any of us!
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Imagehaighr
Nov 3, 2010 10:42 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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Once we reached the top, what a treat!
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Many folks on the island own their own church - all of the blue domes are churches and there are very many.

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Imagehaighr
Nov 3, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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Here we are wandering the streets of Fira - "Not all who wander are lost"!

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Imagehaighr
Nov 3, 2010 11:05 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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After leaving Fira we took an island drive, went to a winery and then stopped for lunch which was delicious roast pork and of course Wine.
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Imagehaighr
Nov 3, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
The bus driver took us up to the very top of the mountain where there is a monastery. This is a spot where we all had to get off the bus for him to somehow turn around!
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Nov 3, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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Interior of one of the many churches along the way.
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Imagehaighr
Nov 3, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
This is the winery we visited, talk about a view!
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Nov 3, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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Drive to Oia
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Walking streets of Oia

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Nov 3, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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We spent that last night on the ship and then disembarked in Athens where we planned to spend two more days. We expected to rest on our first day and take excursions the second; however, we checked into the Ledra Marriott and were informed that huge protests were planned for the second day and we would not be able to get around the city. So we booked our tour of the city and Acropolis/Parthenon that first day.
The city tour took us to several stops for photos. Getting around was a challenge. We found ourselves stuck on one street because we needed to make a left turn onto a narrow street and someone had parked right on the corner blocking our turn. The guide told us there are no rules only "suggestions" when it comes to traffic laws. It is suggested that one not park on the corner. She advised that we could be there for hours until the owner of the vehicle returned. We were fortunate that our driver got off and walked the street looking for the owner and finally found him and we were on our way again. The guide told us that on one excursion some strong armed men on the bus actually got off and picked up a vehicle and moved it onto the sidewalk so they could pass by.
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Next are photos of the Parliament and the guards

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Imagehaighr
Nov 5, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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And now to the Acropolis.
Quoting:The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens.

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Nov 5, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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The Parthenon, The Propylaea, The Erechtheum
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Quoting:"Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns, each sculpted in a manner different from the rest and engineered in such a way that their slenderest part, the neck, is capable of supporting the weight of the porch roof while remaining graceful and feminine. The porch was built to conceal the giant 15-ft beam needed to support the southwest corner over the metropolis, after the building was drastically reduced in size and budget following the onset of the Peloponnesian war.

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Imagehaighr
Nov 5, 2010 8:26 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
And for the finale to a grand vacation we dined "on top of the world" at Orizontes. We took a cable car to the top of this mountain - the only way to get there. There is a lookout and a deli/cafe and I thought I was in the wrong place, but when I mentioned we had a reservation, we were swept off our feet and taken to an elegant outdoor patio for the finest of food and view. Mary (the gal with us) was on the cruise and we invited her along since she was also staying a few days in Athens. She was in awe. The Parthenon was lit up and the view spectacular.
What a way to end a holiday!!!
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Nov 8, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: CJ
The Woodlands, Texas
Zone 9A
Whew! I am worn out! I can only imagine how tired you must have been at the end!! Thank you for this vacation by photo - I don't think my body could have managed it.

Amazing how beautiful and clean Santorini was in contrast to Cairo....
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Nov 8, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Oh, Candee, what a treat this was!!!!

BTW, how is your ankle doing now?
Imagehaighr
Nov 9, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
Actually it was so invigorating we didn't notice how tired we were on our return. Sometimes our heads are still spinning from thinking of all that we did and all that we saw.
As for the ankle - well it is going to hurt for a while, but guess that is the price I pay for having too much fun Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 17, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Too much fun indeed! Hurray!
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Nov 25, 2010 2:09 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Candee, what a an amazing trip! Seeing so much beauty must be what invigorates...just gorgeous!
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Dec 29, 2010 5:45 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thanks for all the pictures!! My armchair traveling was great!

I liked this picture and liked the last one even better when I got to it.

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