Santorini

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Location: Santorini, Greece

We awoke this morning before dawn to get ready for our tour of Santorini. While this didn’t do much to help our sleep schedule, it did allow us to get some nice sunrise over Santorini pictures.

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Santorini is volcanic caldera formed by a very large volcanic eruption around 1650 BC.  The eruption caused the magma chamber to empty quickly causing the volcano to collapse creating what we see today. In the middle of bay lies a volcanic cone which started forming in 157 BC and is still an active volcano today (thus ends Rachel’s geology lesson of the day). Almost all of the villages are built at the top of the remains of the ancient volcano. They were built there as protection from pirates in the middle ages. Today it just makes things… interesting, to get into town.

Not long after, we boarded a tender and made way to the island. Then we boarded a bus and went up many switchbacks until we reached the top. Our first destination was the village of Oia at the north end of the island. This afforded us many great picture opportunities.

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Following Oia, we went to a winery near the central part of the island. There we tasted some locally produced white and dessert wines.

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Leigh and Becky (Rachel's parents)
Leigh and Becky (Rachel’s parents)

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Lastly our tour dopped us off at the main port town of Fira. We herded the cats up the steep narrow sidewalks lined with stores to the cable car station. Then we took the cable cars down the the docks where we boarded a tender and returned to the Equinox.

The 'Cats'
The ‘Cats’
Barry and Joan on the cable car.
Barry and Joan on the cable car.

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Fira
Fira

Back on the ship, we rested at the pool and worked on our tans. Ryan got his hair blonder. In the evening we saw a comedy show in the main theatre.

Tomorrow we visit Kusadasi, Turkey where will explore the ruins of Ephesus. This also begins the Asia portion of the trip.

Total Steps: 11,492

Total times Rachel got out of a hot tub without hurting herself this cruise: 4 (out of 4 attempts)

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