Greece

Santorini is an amazing and interesting place. The small townships on the island are all built around the rim of a extinct volcano which provides a spectactular view of the regions waters and the inner crater area. The sea entered the crater at a time when the craters edge was destroyed but now provides this amazing setting.

Have been on the go for days it seems so just in 'relax' mode today and doing very little. Might take a wander back into town later for dinner but otherise all very quiet.

Weather is absolutely beautiful today and early this morning there was not a cloud in the sky and the place just sparkled.

Have had the afternoon nap and a couple of nibbly things but not exactly much to say on today's efforts.

Another pre-arranged pickup seemed to work well and we headed off to the Athens Port to meet our ferry. Now that's a ferry!!! We were unceremoniously dropped at the back of the giant ferry wondering if that's where we were meant to be! Dragged the bags (had left one big one back at the hotel) up the gang plank onto the car loading ramp (still wondering what was going on!!), but found a rack to heave our big bag into then asked one of the car loaders where to go - through that door (an EXIT sign) and up the steps - okay!

Our 7.30am pickup became 8.00am after a couple of phone calls - blamed on traffic but I had my doubts, not a lot around and probably just on 'Athen time'!
Did the now usual whizz around by bus - here's this, here's that etc. Have now decided that a 'Hop On Hop Off' bus visit around any city is probably better value than an organised city tour which does not seem to stop at all the places you want to. Anyway on we went and got off at the 1 year old Museum which houses only the icons and works uncovered from around the Acropolis region. It was a magnificent new museum and our thoughts were that it was a museum that wouldn't go astray in Cairo in Egypt where a new museum is so badly needed.

Picked up this morning for our 2 day bus tour up to Delphi and the Meteora Monasteries region - both unknown to us but seemingly the places to go for day trippers. It turned out to be a 3 1/2 hr bus drive up to Delphi to some very ancient ruins then from then on another 4 hours up to Meteora where we were put up for the night in a very nice hotel. A long drive to say the least but it gets us out of the city and into the countryside - even if the weather was cold and miserable. No rain as such but very foggy and misty and a little drizzle here and there.

This morning we were all due to pack up and disembark the ship and head to our next holiday destination. Lots of goodbyes were had and a few friends made with whom to make contact with once everyone is home again. Kemm and I were headed out to the Airport for our onward flight to Athens, Greece.

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