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Team Turkey’s Travel Diary

Friday, 05 Sep 2008

Location: Santorini, Greece

Map3rd and 4th September

After 3 nights in Naxos we caught another huge ferry to the island of Santorini. This island is amazing! It is built on the rim of an ancient volcano that erupted over 2000 thousand years ago. The eruption was the biggest ever recorded and it blew out the middle of the island causing a massive tsunami. The crater then filled up with the Agean Sea.

As we came into the port we could see the massive cliffs at the water's edge. There are about 5 small villages with white painted houses dotting the tops of the cliffs. We got a lift to our hotel in a minibus. It took about 15minutes for the bus to wind its way up the almost sheer cliff to the top.

The island is so picturesque. Another photographer's dream! The houses are almost all white washed with blue trim. The numerous churches are typical of the photos we all see in magazines with white walls and blue domes.

We walked around a couple of the villages and on the first day we had a swim at a beach with black sand from the volcano. Maree and I wore our bikinis! You wouldn't be seen dead in a one piece with boardshorts in a fit in Greece! We would be so conspicuous! Everyone...I mean everyone, of all shapes and sizes...and age, wear bikinis. Not the blokes of courses! The water was magnificent.

At dusk we sat on the edge of the cliff and watched the famous Santorini sunset with hundreds of other tourists. It was beautiful.

On the second day we caught a cable car from the top of the cliff to join a large sailing boat for a sunset cruise including dinner. It was great! We were sailing in the middle of an active volcano! The sun is so orange just before it sets. When we docked we got back up to the top of the cliff on mules. Maree loved it as it was the first time she'd been on a horse/donkey since a child. It was fun! There hasn't been a dull moment since we left on this amazing adventure!