Santorini (Thira)

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I am now in Rome using my apartment’s WiFi.  It was very frustrating on the Noordam trying to post photos and text to my blog our trip.

On the 17th of June we arrived in Santorini (Thira).  It is an old volcano that exploded back in 1625 B.C. deesstroying the island and leaving a crescent shaped mass with some outlying small crags of rocks.  On this mis-shapen island they built the small villages of Fira and Oia.  We took a cable car to Fira from the harbor and rented a car and driver.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall.  Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall. Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.  Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards.  We drove back to Fira using that road.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook. Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards. We drove back to Fira using that road.et

Then in the small fishing village of Ammoudi we walked around the sea wall to see if we could get to St. Nicholas Church but we weren’t able to find it.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Then we drove up to Oia which is a very pretty little village with lots of tourists, shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings like the blue domed churches.

 

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes.  Here are two in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes. Here are two in Oia.

 

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini.  I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini. I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

At Fira my Mom and I decided to go back to the harbor  and our ship by mule.

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car.  Good decision, Dad:)

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car. Good decision, Dad:)

The ride down was very steep.

The ride down was very steep.

Leaving Santorini.  I will be back.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini.  What a beautiful place.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini. What a beautiful place.

This is Frederick and my next post is about Pompei.

 

 

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