Saturday, November 08, 2008

Vacation Pics
















Arrived Santorini early morning, disembarked via launch to Athenios harbour

where a bus took us along the rocky coast of the caldera to the village of

Oia with houses perched on the cliff edge like seagulls and coble stone

streets full of tourist shops, art galleries and tavernas.  The bus took us

to Fira, the capital city, built in the center of the rim of the caldera.

Did not see much of the city because we lined up to take the cable car back

to the pier for transfer to the ship.

 

Arrived Mykonos at 5:00 pm, we disembarked via small boat to the pier,

walked around the town, sat at an outdoor taverna and watched the world go

by ...

 

Docked at the Port of Piraeus the next day.  Shopped in Plaka in the morning

and took a tour to Cape Sounion in the afternoon.  Sounion is a relaxing

drive from Athens along the Apollo coast to the southern most point of

Attica where we visited the 5 century BC Temple of Poseidon.  The area

steeped in classical Greek history is where King Aegeas threw himself from a

rocky precipice, 197 ft drop into the sea below, thereby lending his name to

the Aegean Sea.

 

Though Poseidon famous statue is long gone (at the National Archeological

Museum in Athens) the Temple with its great views of the Aegean is breath

taking.  You must watch your steps on the rough and slippery rocks, and be

aware that there are no guard rails, chains or anything similar protecting

you.

 

Sounion is cleansing to the mind and spirit and a great way to end our tour!

 

Although it took 3 days to get to Athens and 2 days to get home it was all

worth it.

Thanks Barry & Louise D.

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