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Oct 12, 2018 - Santorini

When the boat arrived in Santorini harbour, I was overwhelmed by the reception of both humans and animals! The donkeys descended thick and fast down some of the steepest terrain I have ever seen, rushing to meet the ferry and haul the load of tourists up the steep steps to the town perched on the rocks above. Santorini is a submerged volcano that erupted eons ago, leaving a caldera behind. Its steep rock faces are covered with whitewashed villas clinging to the rock face like vines on a brick wall. There is a tradition in Santorini of...

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Oct 1, 2018 - Santorini, Greece

The first of October was a pretty great day. The weather as we anchored off the island of Santorini was not good...we could hear thunder and there were dark clouds all around but as we boarded the locally provided tenders for our ride into the port – for lack of a better term – things started to improve. Today was Kathy’s turn to be under the weather and Dave decided to stay with her, but we eventually found him at a restaurant later in the day. We got off the tender and immediately hopped onto another for the short journey to the port at...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Mykonos, Greece

On our arrival in Mykonos we were greeted with an omen of what to expect in the other 3 Greek ports still to visit...get ready for rain. It rained for about the first hour after we got off the ship but eventually stopped, though it was still cool and cloudy the rest of the day. We chose to walk along the harbor after the bus from the ship and other than some photo ops, the ever-present shopping and lunch at a Greek restaurant, Mykonos didn’t show me much. I’m sure the weather had something to do with it but it was not nearly as nice or...

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Sep 27, 2018 - At sea enroute to Mykonos

On the sea day to Mykonos Michele, Lisa and Ken...the 3 Amigos...took a cooking class in the Murano kitchen. They made a Crab and Salmon salad, Steak Diane and Chocolate Souffle and they all said they had a blast...and that it was all actually edible. We’ll see if I ever get a chocolate souffle in the coach...I’m taking bets.

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Sep 10, 2018 - Naxos

Naxos is a bigger island than Paros and much larger than Antiparos. I found a lovely little room in a four-plex which even has a communal fridge and a tiny balcony overlooking a rather overgrown garden. Every morning I would wander into the village to buy fresh bread and watermelon for my breakfast -- heaven! I've explored the island on foot, following the rutted roads and pathways that criss-cross the island. Olive groves with lounging goats and sheep are everywhere and the air has a rich, dusty smell to it. I am so totally relaxed after...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Paros

Boats to the Aegean Islands leave from the nearby community of Piraeus. I was told the trip to Paros would be a "few hours"......which turned into a gut-wrenching 8 as we stopped at various and sundry islands on the way. The seas were quite rough and I made the mistake of having some very rich coffee and yogurt for breakfast which didn't stay in my stomach for long. I spent most of the trip on deck! My first glympse of Paros was magical. A typical Greek island village, whitewashed with flashes of brilliant turqoise and teal, met my gaze....

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Jan 27, 2018 - Sunsets

Fira and especially Oia exist today primarily as ampitheaters for the sunset. In high season, tourists line up three and four deep for the best photo spots, sometimes staking a prime location hours in advance. It seems the blue and white buildings, massive cliffs of the cauldera, and the Greek sun intersect into the perfect sunset. I'm not convinced. It is a striking setting. I'm sure a clear day produces lovely sunset views. I'm just happy we're here in low season, when prices are low and crowds virtually nonexistent. It struck me as...

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Jan 26, 2018 - Getting there is half the battle

Winter connections in the Greek Islands are a problem. Ferry service is severely limited or stopped altogether. You can rarely fly direct from one island to another. To get to where we wanted to go next, we were obliged to fly Crete to Athens, then book a separate round trip Athens-Santorini-Athens. I did so online with the infamous Ryan Air. Agean Air from Crete to Athens was pleasant enough. Cabin crew were efficient, snacks and beverage included in the price. Ryan Air, on the other hand, was nearly as awful as I have often heard it is....

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Sep 18, 2017 - Santorini

We're spending the day in Santorini, a lovely Greek island that I have seen so many photos of. I have to insert here that this particular part of the review is extremely difficult…that’s because Santorini, for the most part, is one giant photo-op. It’s a photographer’s dream…and I have about 1,000 photos (well maybe not that many), so I had to pick and choose. Sigh. The sacrifices one must make…I hope I’ve picked some of the good ones, but I’ll let you be the judge. We meet our usual crew and then head off together so we are all on the same...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Mykonos

When I had booked the cruise the stop was supposed to be in Turkey but with the unrest it was changed to Mykonos. This is the only place I did not schedule a tour in. We had many choices, we could go to Delos (a small island off Mykonos), we could do a beach day or we could do nothing and explore Mykonos on our own. We choose the later. When you got off the ship there was a water taxi for a couple of Euros to take you into Mykonos as the ship docks on one side of the bay and the town is on the other side. Mykonos is a place of narrow...

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Jun 19, 2017 - A day at sea

We got a pleasant surprise when we arrived in Athens last Saturday, we had jumped straight from Gold, passing Ruby and had reached Platinum status with Princess Cruises. So we now each have some internet hours during the course of the last week of our cruise. Our second visit to Athens on Saturday was hot and humid and we didn't bother going ashore to explore more than we'd seen a week before, rather we got our laundry done! While docked in Athens we said goodbye to about 2,500 passengers and gained 2,500 new faces. Our ship is again...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Relaxing day at Fia

After not sleeping that well due to indigestion, (my own fault, eating way too much at a late hour!), we had already decided this was to be a chill out, sleep in and do nothing kind of day. We were planning though to see the famous sunset later. Unfortunately the weather was deciding otherwise for us. After a week of beautiful fine clear days, the day deteriorated to clouds and even light rain. There goes the day at the local beach. We "hung out" instead by the hotel pool which wasn't a bad thing at all. It was a good day to recharge the...

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