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Drousas Family’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 16 Jul 2011

Location: Greece

MapWow ten days since last diary entry!! I (Toula) have been very slack with the updates! Ok from the 7th-12th July we were in Argos/Nafplio & Corinth. We caught up with all our relies there and had a great time. Our days always consisted with a trip to the beach either at Karathona or Tolo..absolutely stunning beaches with crystal clear (warm) water! We visited the Palamythi castle, had a drink in the argos platia with our cousins as well as dinner in Nafplio (and with ourn relies). We spent a day travelling through Nemea/Dafni in Corinth with the gorgeous vineyard countryside.
Our last night we spent having dinner with relies at cousin Aggeliki's place just outside Argos and on the 12th we travelled to ancient Corinth, Korinthos and Loutraki (another gorgeous coastal town) before returning to Athens for car drop off and dinner with our other cousin Aggeliki in Plaka.
We spent the night in Pireaus in a hotel room that was across the road from where we caught the ferry to Santorini on the 13th. Basic accomodation where nothing worked but where we had a lot of laughs every time something went wrong! Luckily for us we had to be up at 5am to catch ferry and we only spent 5hrs in the room! : )

On the 13th we arrived in gorgeous Santorini! Words can not describe how beautiful it is and the pictures do not do it is better in real life! Our first night here we watched the sunset while having dinner on the caldera (cliff facing the volcano) is as stunning as everyone says it is!
The next day we had a full day tour of the village Pyrgos, the church Prophet Elias (highest point of Santorini), the volcano (where we walked on it), the hot springs around the volcano, the other island opposite - Thirassia (where we had lunch and a swim in the sea). We then were taken to the town Oia in Santorini where kids & John took a donkey to the top (I walked up 200+ steps in the heat and nearly collapsed at the top!) I also by deciding to walk up just missed a donkey stampede where people yelled out to me to move out the way..just in time..with one donkey scraping past me : ) I had regretted my decision to walk!
Here in Oia we relaxed a little, explored the winding, cobbled stone streets with the white washed architecture and then watched another gorgeous sunset before returning to Fira where we are staying!

Yesterday it was time for a chill out day. We relaxed, went for a walk around Fira and John hired a quad bike where he took turns taking Zara & Pete for rides around the island.

Today we are off to the beaches of Perissia and Perivolos! It has been hot here and we cant believe we will be returning to freezing weather! Will have a dip in the sea for all of you..miss you all and love to all xoxoxoxo