Santorini, Greece

Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
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Trip End May 20, 2012


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Monday, May 7, 2012

Well, what can I say! Another beautiful day!  You will notice in the photos that there is not a cloud in the sky and the sea looks like glass.  I understand the last two cruises here on the Mariner were unable to anchor because of the sea swells.

We anchored off the island of Santorini.  Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, southeast from Greece's mainland and is a remnant from a volcanic caldera.  Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion destroyed the earliest settlements and created the current geological caldera.  A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 7.5 by 4.5 mile and is surrounded by 980 ft high steep cliffs on three sides.   The classic whitewashed houses cling perilously to the side of the cliffs.  Our guide told us that home owners whitewash their houses twice a year so that they will always look clean.  There are 13 villages on Santorini.  The island itself is not very pretty as it is very arid.   The sun shines practically every day here.  The temperature is hot and just gets hotter.  They do grow pistachio trees and there are several vineyards here.  The grapes are in a small cluster close to the ground as it is very windy here and not much rain.

We were bussed up to Oia.  The village is stunning!  We had free time to walk around and take photos.  The village has less than 1400 inhabitants.  Tourism is the number one industry here so there are many little shops and cafes.  We took quite a few photos here.  We did go in a Greek Orthodox church.  It was beautiful inside – lots of gold, chandeliers and paintings. 

After we left Oia, we went to the highest point on Santorini and took a few photos.  As I said before, the island itself is not very pretty.

We then stopped at a restaurant for a light lunch.  We had a plate filled with typical Greek appetizers – several dips or spreads, feta cheese in phyllo dough (yum!), fried tomato (I’m not a tomato person but this was quite good), sausage and cheese.  It was served as soon as we sat down and after we finished, we left – no long lunch this time. 

We then went to the village of Fira – the capital of Santorini.  Here we had as much time as we wanted as we needed to taked the cable car down to the tender.  We did a little more looking around and then went back to the ship.

We will be back in Santorini on Sunday.  Hopefully, the weather will be as good as it was today.

Tomorrow is Ephesus, Turkey.
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Becky on

This was my favorite stop on our cruise! We've already booked a sailboat for the day for our trip back in August!

Kathleen aka Nana541 on

So glad for you.... But bummed as our Mariner stop was cancelled on the April 2 sailing... Port Authorities actually closed the port due to crappy weather :(
We did get a glorious sea day....
Loving your blog and great pictures !

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