Sunday, October 4, 2015

mykonos: our awesome villa

For our three-night stay in Mykonos, we rented a two-bedroom apartment in the upper left corner of Oceania, a multi-unit villa. From our second floor balcony we had a commanding view of the "New Port" area of the island and were within walking distance of town (1km). In the last photo, we pose with our gracious Greek hosts of this family-run business. The rate we paid was extremely reasonable for what we got in return (we learned that in Greece one should always ask for the "cash price," it's ALWAYS an option, and it is ALWAYS the best price!).

Friday, October 2, 2015

santorini: into the caldera

After one of the delicious gourmet breakfasts Al and Sandra usually prepared every morning, on our third day in Santorini we joined a catamaran cruise into the largely submerged caldera of the island's long ago exploded volcano. Awesome experience!

Next stop: The party island of Mykonos!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

santorini: akrotiri and naturism

We spent the morning of our second day in Santorini having the biggest cultural event of our trip: a visit to the Akrotiri archaeological site. The city of Akrotiri was a its zenith in the 17th Century B.C.! Thats 19,000 years ago! Nineteen thousand. Yet the level of sophistication of their architecture, engineering, art, and pottery is absolutely astounding.

After this mind-boggling cultural experience, during which we met and made fast friends with some wonderful Norwegians, we took a boat to our own semi-private cove to enjoy some naturism in the Mediterranean sun and sea. Delicious!

Monday, September 28, 2015

santorini: a stunning welcome

World-famous for its beauty, the Island of Santorini did not disappoint! The sunset experience on our first day on this dramatic, volcanic island was beautiful beyond words!

The town of Fira sits on the edge of the volcanic caldera, 300 meters above the Mediterranean's Aegean Sea.