Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
21Trip End May 20, 2012
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
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.