Cruising the Islands

Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
Trip End Sep 29, 2008

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finally! A chance to catch up a little. We are on the island of Naxos today. Monday was a travel day - it rained all day and took us six hours to get back to Athens. When we arrived in  the Port of Pireaus in Athens on Monday, the Captain of the ship we are on - the Galileo - decided we should head straight to Santorini because he was concerned about the weather later in the week and wanted to make sure we got to Santorini since that is the most popular destination.... Well folks! let me tell you - it may be beautiful in the movies - and there are many things about it that are magnificent - but the cruise ships drop of 2000 people at a time and there is no room to move! You have to go to the top of Santorini in a 'teleferik' or cable car system . The streets, as they are in most of the Green cities, are very narrow and it is extremely difficult to get up and down and to move! The views and the colors are amazing and the hoards of people give you claustraphobia. Our guide took us to a restaurant on the other side of the island. The capital city is Oia - and we drove by bus to Pyrgos. We had the most incredible lunch - met the owner of the restaurant and his wife and they were so charmed by us that they gave us 2 liters of home made wine (which was great) and two loaves of homemade bread. There was little time to shop and we had to get back to the ship in time because the hoards of tourists take so long to come down to the port on the cable cars. The teleferik only holds 50 people at a time - so the back up was unbelieveable - but we got down and back on the ship and headed to Naxos where we arrived last night around 9pm. It was Greek night on the ship and we had MORE greek food - but we had some dancers from the island that were wonderful to watch. We are getting emersed in the culture a little more everyday. Today we have been in Naxos all day and visited a kindergarten school and had a home hosted lunch in the town of Melinas where last nights dancers came from. What an amazing experience - home made food and a wonderful family to share it with. We are shopping in town (no cruise ships - no hoards of tourists) and are due back at the ship in a little while. I am sorry about not being able to upload the photos. I promise you that they will be up as soon as I can get them on the blog! We are off to the island of Tinos tomorrow - not sure what we are doing when we get there - but I will let you know.
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On Board the Galileo
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ojostapatios on

Hola, chicas!
Wow, aside from the large crowds, it sounds like you're having an amazing time (I wonder how the locals feel about so many tourists). Well, I am sooooo sooooo happy to hear about all stuff you're doing. This travel pod is so cool, I feel like I'm almost there; I hope to do the same someday. Keep up the good times and go have more adventures - take care - Luv, Lourdes.

kelli98155 on

Greeting Ladies
Just wanted to check in and say hello from sunny Seattle. Yes you heard right, at this very moment it really is sunny here. But true to tradition, we are expecting rain for the next few days. I truly hope you guys have clear blue skies for sailing and bright beautiful days for touring. I looked up photos of The Galileo. What an amazing vessel. I'm not so jealous of the crowded tourist stuff, but man I am totally envious of sailing on that magnificent ship. Lucky ladies!!
Thanks to Llk for taking the time to keep us all updated. It really makes my day! Grins & Hugs Kelli

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