GREEK ISLANDS - SANTORINI

Trip Start May 28, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Saturday, June 16, 2007

WE ARE ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF SANTORINI;
A PLAYGROUND OF THE RICH AND SUPER RICH APPARENTLY.
THE CITY IS ON A VERY HIGH CLIFF OVERLOOKING THE BAY.
THE CLIFF IS OVER 500 FT. HIGH.
YOU CAN GO UP TO THE TOWN BY CABLE CAR, DONKEY OR WALK.
WE WALKED - WE DID NOT RUN.
OVER 600 STEPS TO THE TOP  -  WE DID NOT COUNT THE STEPS  -  THEY ARE NUMBERED. THERE WERE 1OO's OF DONKEYS AVAILABLE AND BEING USED ON THE STAIRS/PATH, WHICH WAS QUITE WIDE  -  AND THERE WAS REALLY LOTS & LOTS OF DONKEY DROPPINGS, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.  JUST TO PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE.

ALL OF THE BUILDINGS HERE (JUST LIKE MYKONNOS) ARE PAINTED WHITE (WHITEWASH) WITH BLUE TRIM.
IT IS VERY STRIKING.

THE MEDITERRANEAN HERE IS A VERY
BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL BLUE.
IT MUST HAVE BEEN REALLY GREAT LIVING HERE 2,000 OR 3,000 YEARS AGO  -  EXCEPT FOR THE WARS, KILLING, CRUELTY, TORTURING, SLAVERY, STARVATION, DISEASES, PLAGUES, ETC.


CITY HAS VERY NARROW STREETS, VERY HIGH WALLS OF BUILDINGS LINING THE STREETS AND THE STREETS ARE VERY DELIBERATELY SET OUT OR DESIGNED TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT MAZE  -  A VERY DIFFICULT MAZE  -  AS A DEFENSE AGAINST PIRATES AND OTHER INVADERS. THE STREETS ARE NOT STRAIGHT  - THEY WIND AND TWIST IN EVERY DIRECTION LIKE A SNAKE  -  SO IT IS NOT LIKE A STRAIGHT LINE PUZZLE THAT WE ARE USUALLY USE TO.  AND SOME TIMES THERE IS A ROOF OR BUILDING ACROSS THE TOP OF THE STREET SO THAT IT IS MORE LIKE A TUNNEL THEN A STREET.
IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND  -  OR A LOT OF FUN  -  DEPENDING ON HOW YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT - SOME TIMES IT IS FUN AND SOMETIMES IT IS FRUSTRATING - LIKE WHEN YOU WANT TO GET BACK TO THE CRUISE SHIP BEFORE IT LEAVES.

ORIGINALLY THE ISLAND WAS CIRCULAR  HOWEVER, A VOLCANIC ERUPTION ABOUT 1450 BC BLEW A VERY LARGE CHUNK OUT OF THE ISLAND. THE EFFECTS OF THIS VOLCANIC ERUPTION ARE THAT:
   -  THE BAY IS SURROUNDED BY CLIFFS THAT ARE 5OO FT. HIGH.
   - CREATED A TSUNAMI THAT WIPED OUT THE MINOANIAN CIVILIZATION ON THE ISLAND OF CRETE, 70 KILOMETERS AWAY.
   - WIPED OUT ALL LIFE ON SANTORINI
   - THIS MAY BE THE ATLANTIS THAT IS REFERRED TO IN HOMER AND BY PLATO.
   - HAS BLACK SAND BEACHES BECAUSE RESULTING FROM THE VOLCANO
   - VOLCANIC ASH 60 FT. DEEP ON SOME PARTS OF THE ISLAND
   - THERE HAVE BEEN MANY VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS ON THIS ISLAND, BUT NONE AS BIG AS THE 1450 BC ONE.

THERE WERE 6 CRUISE SHIPS IN THE HARBOUR WHEN WE WERE THERE  -  PLUS NUMEROUS OTHER BOATS  ie. PRIVATE YACHTS WITH HELICOPTERS,  ISLAND CRUISE BOATS, FERRIES, ETC.  MOST CRUISE SHIPS CARRY 2,000 OR 3,000 OR 4,000 PASSENGERS  - OUR CRUISE SHIP IS A LITTLE BIT UNUSUAL IN THAT IS ONLY HAS 600 PASSENGERS.
THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE ON THE CRUISE SHIPS THERE, THEN LIVE ON THE ISLAND.
LITTLE TRIVIA:  EURO CURRENCY COMES IN DIFFERENT SIZES - THE LARGER THE DENOMINATION OF THE BILL  -  THE LARGER THE BILL ACTUALLY IS  -  MIGHT BE FOR THE BLIND  -  BUT IT PROBABLY HELPS EVERYONE  -  ALTHOUGH IT IS A LITTLE AWKWARD (DIFFERENT) IF YOU CARRY YOUR MONEY AROUND IN YOUR POCKET IN A BIG WAD OF BILLS.
LIKE I DO.

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW
MEDITERRANEAN DAVE
AND THE VERY LOVELY LISE

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
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