traveled through the night from Katakolon around the
southern tip of the Peloponnisos Peninsula. We then
proceeded east toward the Cyclades Islands.
We arrived at Santorini early in the morning of
October 27, 2005. The sunrise photo to the right
shows Oia Village (white area on mountain).
the location of
Santorini and Mykonos
The ship stopped in the water by the village of Athinios where
we took tenders to reach the seashore.
We then boarded buses that took us to Oia Village on the
island's northern tip.
Map of Thira (Santorini)
Along the way
Laurel snapped this shot out of the bus window of the
Costa Victoria sailing to Fira Skala. You can view the
island of Nea Kaimeni behind it and the island of Therasi
to the right.
We saw many
houses along the way.
When we arrived at the village of Oia we had an
hour to wander around.
Here are some pictures of what we saw:
In every port
there were a lot of tourist shops selling jewelry.
Most of it was just tourist trinkets. This store had
some unusual jewelry that was different than the other
Laurel purchased a silver ring here.
This store in
Oia had some
beautiful handcrafted marionettes.
The bus then drove us back towards the center
of the island to Fira Village.
We had about an hour to look around and browse the shops
before we had
to get down the mountain to get back on the ship.
Muropoleos St. Cathedral
ceiling inside of the cathedral
We were given
only two choices to get down the mountain from Fira
Village to the seashore where the tenders were waiting.
Donkey or cable car. We opted for the cable cars.
dwellings built right into the mountainside.
We saw these doors when we got off the cable cars at Fira