There were a couple ports in Greece that we decided to have a "ship day". This is where you stay on the cruise boat, lounge, and enjoy the pool when there is absolutely no one on board while in port. We did not go ashore in Crete or Corfu, our next two stops. Talking with the folks arriving back on ship, we missed very little of the ports.
Greece or Hawaii?
Our next port was Santorini, an island in South-eastern Greece. The Island is shaped very similar to Molokini off the Maui coast:
We ventured off on our own in Santorini and walking the streets of Fira, the capital of Santorini.
You have probably heard of and seen the the famous pictures of Santorini's blue domes. Honestly, though I found the skyline just amazing:
Walking through the city with the white-walls and breezeways it was very comfortable in the town of Fira!
Up and Down with Style
Getting to the town of Fira means one of three options:
Walk up 588 steps and switchbacks
Take a high speed gondola
Ride a donkey
We avoided the steps and went with #2 (on the way up) and #3 (on the way down).
Here's a picture of donkeys in waiting:
The costs for each rider was 6 Euro but you could make a deal. For me, I thought that the price was pretty reasonable. The donkey's worked hard and it saved having to walk. I watched a guy negotiate 5 Euro for two people. I would say good for him but these donkey's have to make a living too:
Plus, these donkey's needed to put up with Siena screaming out of her mind for every step. I tried to convince her that they're professionals but she still was quite nervous.
Great day in Santorini!
P.S. Grandmama, we got you some sesseme covered almonds!