One If By Land, Two If By Sea

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
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Trip End Oct 20, 2010


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

One if by land, Two if by Sea

Today, there were two lanterns in the window, we took a high speed catamaran ferry to Santorini this morning from Crete. Aris, our host picked us up from the boat dock and brought us to our villa. Trish and I were a bit out of it, as we had taken a Dramamine to avoid getting seasick. It should tell you something about the ride when the launch provides free dramamine! Note the photos of our accommodations overlooking the caldera and the town of Fira. Amazingly, we had a porter that schlepped ALL of our luggage (150lbs) down to the villa.

We are staying in Oia. One thing we must comment on is that people in Europe don't wait their turn very well when deplaning or when gathering their luggage, like today. They don't know order, and it is very irritating at times. Also, the islands are larger than you think, so it's taking quite some time to commute. And while we are here at a low time, we can imagine that it must be like Branson in the height of the season with the winding, narrow road.

Santorini is a volcanic island that blew up in 1600 BC destroying the Minoan empire much like Pompei. The white line on top of all of the cliffs is ash and must be 100 ft thick. An earthquake also hit in 1956 and you can still see the damage.

7,000 people inhabit the island, and everywhere we look is a breathtaking view. We can't help but wonder, beautiful as it is, that one might get island fever here after awhile. We were happy to see that there are tons of dogs and cats here . . . Trish said that this feline that sat down in our fourth chair made her miss Jay being her photo buddy and dinner companion.

BTW, Tad is on his 6th round of camera batteries, and the iPhone is overheated! We also shot a photo of Trish, the exhausted photographer. We are all feeling fatigued from our travels, but the sites here are magnificent so we press on blogging nightly to document our adventure for all to travel with us . . . But it IS work! 'Till tomorrow, signing off from Santorini . . . Please respond, as we love to hear your thoughts!

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Beth on

Beautiful photos!!!

Sharron on

Absolutely beautiful. Looks like I remember it from 30 plus years ago. (Gosh has it realy been that long!?!?!?!) Had the urge to go there again while looking at your pictures but quickly realized I'm not young enought to do it like you guys are! I must say - you are looking juuuuuuuuuust a little tuckered out today. Much love to you and a special hug for Trish tomorrow. XOXOXOXO S & D & M

Jay on

WOW!!!! Trish must be twitching at every view with that big ol' camera clicking away. Is that a camera in your pocket or you just happy to see Santorini??? Tad and Erin sure look relaxed. Trish, your feet looked just as relaxed. What is so strange about looking at the trip from this end is the strange silence as the pictures float by. No laughter and endless chatter between butts, bites and bottles. I wish I could hear your comments and observations, though Erin's blog entries do help fill the void. I do not believe the friends following this blog know how much work goes in to it by the gals. Tad and I were more than happy to let them do the work while we relaxed. What beautiful shots - reality must be even better. Who would have thought you don't need the greenery for gorgeous scenery?. Excuse me while I crawl to my bed and cry. Actually, I did start tearing up when we talked on the cellphone today. Really and truly miss you three and though I did not want to go to Greece, I wish Italy could have gone on forever. Or at least until we could no longer fit in any clothes available in Europe. There is hope - I literally stopped eating for two days and lost some pounds after returning. Welcome home.
I just slept for 20 hours straight and the shock of being back sank in today. So I went down to Target and bought some Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese, fresh Mozzarella, Campari tomatoes, Agnolotti with portobello & crimini mushrooms, Grana Padano & Parmesan cheese and fresh roasted garlic (Buitoni refrigerated section), Italian extra virgin olive oil with garlic and pepper, balsamic vinegar from Modena, fresh crusty bread, and International Dulce Cinnamon Cappucino (it was tolerable). The "fresh" chocolate croissants were actually rubbery and chewy (huh?????) and the Chilean rosso vino I had on hand was so crappy I spat it out and tossed the whole thing in the trash. Orange-red color, no legs (I swear to God not a single leg), horrible vinegary bouquet, and tasted like ca-ca. I am afraid we have been spoiled guys. The saddest part is, as I type, all the food described above is surrounding me and my laptop like a wall of comfort. I am staring lovingly at it all right now. Come to me fresh Crostini Pomodoro - make me happy once again.
I am glad you are all taking time to rest. No way we could have kept up that pace, but wasn't it fun while we lasted? And we missed SO MUCH back in Florence. I already have the villa in Venice ready for your approval. Four bedrooms and bathrooms (room for another?) and so beautiful it makes me smile every time I view it at http://www.trulyveniceapartments.com/jsptruly/apartment.jsp?lang=en&id=113&corte-stupenda ....what do you think... Venice, 2012?
Buon viaggio! Ciao, Jay

Mary on

These pictures bring back wonderful memories. I think I could stay on the island for a week... take lots of books and just enjoy the sun and go out to eat for each meal. I loved the food. Enjoy. Winter will be here and we will want those warm, sunny, whitwashed dreams. MH

Lisa on

OH MY GOSH!! Every picture looks like a postcard or that it should be in a coffee table book! Can the sky be any bluer, the water any more tranquil? The white buildings look so serene against all the blue. I can't believe how you all are still plugging away. What will we do when you return to the U.S. and we have no more blog, no more pictures to look forward to?? Thanks for sharing with us!

Alison on

Your pictures are sooo vivid! The colors are so bold and bright! The scenery is just breath-taking! Thank you for sharing, as I know I probably will never get to experience those sites! :)

Stacey on

Gorgeous!! Love all the updates!!! Little bit of getaway from back here at home... :)

laurel on

What an incredible setting - fabulous pictures - and you are so lucky!

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