Saturday, July 04, 2015

Port of Call: Santorini (Are you kidding me?) Part 1

On Day 4 of a 7-day cruise, the main attraction happened. It was Santorini day. I feel like I can speak for everyone in the cruise here, we were all excited. The alloted time for Santorini was from 1:30 to about 10:00 pm. As soon as I saw the time, I knew why we were arriving so late and leaving late - it was to give us time to see the most heralded sunset of Santorini.

We were tendering in Santorini. Tendering is when a ship is unable to dock, guests are taken ashore on smaller boats called tenders. And while we were waiting for the tenders we were up in the deck looking out across the waters to whitewashed houses clinging precariously at the edge of the cliffs.

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See the zigzag road going up the cliff? That's the donkey trail, one way of reaching Fira, and next to it is the cable car if you don't care for walking all those steps.

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A ticket is required to get to the tenders. These are free.

On the ride to the port, we were shooting our hearts out. I was screaming inside!

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Once we reached port, we bought tickets for the ferry to take us to Oia. It was agreed upon that we would spend the first half in Oia, then take the bus (which is included in the ferry fare) to Fira which we would explore before going back to the boat. Fira is closer to the ship so it made sense.

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OUR WORLD TUESDAY

26 comments:

  1. This is a very interesting and beautiful place to visit! Those buildings all linked up on the hill slopes!

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  2. I have wonderful memories of Santorini. This is one place I'd like to go back to.

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  3. Glad you were able to visit before the economic crisis hit Greece. It is so sad what is happening there now.

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  4. Great shots and what a beautiful place.
    That quite crowded town, with lots of buildings, on top of a cliff is amazing.
    I also like the fifth photo, that shows the waves behind your boat and the cliffs behind them. Awesome. :D

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  5. ah Santorini ! my fave, fave place to visit but still on my Bucket list, still couldn't make it, still wishing I could marvel the sea, the roof houses and take fotos as dreamy as these.
    i like each one of them, so don't make me choose. ^0^

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  6. Ah, I do love Santorini!! It's been a number of years since I was there, but I remember every moment! Love your superb photos!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the memories!! Have a great new week!!

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  7. I love the look of all those buildings built in the rocks!

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  8. The whitewashed buildings looked beautiful clinging to the rocks.

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  9. Wow! What a gorgeous place and what a trip you are having ! Wonderful series of photos of Santorini!

    Quite the sculpture and wonderful photo ~ great composition and texture!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  10. I don't know how the comment about a sculpture got there in my comments ~ Your photos are awesome! What a place to see!

    Quite the sculpture and wonderful photo ~ great composition and texture!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  11. I love Santorini. Your photos bring back wonderful flashbacks of my trip.

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  12. So beautiful. Almost impossible to believe it is real!

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  13. What an amazing place - I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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  14. Santorini is dreamy - we wanted to go there so badly when we were staying in Athens, but there was a big storm that day, so we went to another island on a different day. My curious question is how the mood of the Greek are, now they voted to go outside the European Union?

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  15. What wonderful views, with that deep blue sky! A very nice place indeed.

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  16. What a beautiful town. Nice photos! Looks like a trip of a lifetime. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  17. What an amazing place and definitely on my must-visit list.

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  18. Wow, wow, wow, I just fell in love with Santorini through this post of yours, simply amazed..

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  19. Hi! The scenery is stunning beautiful. I want to go there in a future. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Hi! The scenery is stunning beautiful. I want to go there in a future. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. The most magical island of them all! Visited while backpacking many years ago and returned many times! Happy that you enjoyed your stay.

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  22. You have captured amazing views.

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  23. I have never heard of Santorini before reading your post and am now thinking about adding it to my bucket list. Those houses way up on the hill are so beautiful.

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  24. Some really beautiful view of the shoreline and very stunning architecture captured.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://alex.kakinan.com

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  25. Wow and OMG, Santorini sure is dream place to visit♡♡♡ Looks like another world for me. I wondered what 'tendering ' mean p:-)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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