Thursday, July 5, 2007

July 5 update from Paros Island - Greece

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July.

Just a quick note now that we have internet again. Internet is becoming far less available so please bear with us as our postings will get a little less often.

We’ve just finished 4 nights on the beautiful island of Santorini in the Cyclades Island area. It was a 2 hour ferry ride from Naxos island.

Santorini is a very unique island in that it was shaped by volcanic eruption and the middle is now a huge caldera filled with ocean. We stayed in Oia (pronounced E-Ah) on the northern coast of the island. It was perched very high on the red lava cliffs and the white town buildings cascaded down the hillside.

Oia is known for its beautiful sunsets across the caldera of the island. Here is one from June 30.

We enjoyed relaxing in the town and then Matt and I rented a 4 wheeler to explore the island. We set out for the 3rd-4th century BC ruins of Ancient Thira. We had a great time climbing to the top of the mountain that commanded a wonderful view of the ocean and island.

Angela on the ATV

Matt had a great time photographing the village in the morning before the crowds came. Here is a shot from our last morning on the island, July 4. And yes, Angela has enjoyed all of the cats roaming all of the islands.

Kim headed back home yesterday, so now it is just Matt and I exploring. We are now in the island of Paros in the capital, Paroikia. We took a 3 hour ferry from Santorini to here. We have a wonderful beachfront hotel with a wonderful view of the sea out of our balcony. Today is a catch up day as we do laundry and explore the town a bit.

We are planning on exploring the island tomorrow via 4 wheeler. There are several towns and beaches that we want to explore, including the kite boarding beach for Matt. We will be here for 5 nights and then we aren’t sure where we are headed. We know that we want to explore the Pelopenesse peninsula on the mainland and will spend about a week there, but not sure what we will do the other week.

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