One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
17Trip End Oct 20, 2010
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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!