Sunday, May 30, 2010

First Few Days in Greece: Breathtaking Santorini

Early Friday morning, I took a bus with 6 others to Berlin. We spent two days there before our flight to Heraklion, Crete Saturday evening. In Berlin, we saw an amazing break dancing group perform by the Brandenburg Tur. We also visited the Terror Museum, which was dedicated to the forms of terror and humiliation implemented by the Nazis during WWII. We ate gelato on a patio outside, visited the Currywurst Museum (whichi turned out to be too expensive do we just went to the shop) and saw the Sony Center lit up at night. At the Sony Center, they play movies in the original language, so we were thinking about seeing Iron Man, but decided against it in the end.

After a good time in Berlin, it was finally time to go to Greece! We met 2 more people from our group but when we got to the gate, we were informed that our plane had a flat, so we were delayed an hour. Finally, FINALLY, we were in the plane and on our way to Greece. We arrived in Crete at 10pm, but it was 11pm due to the time change. It was so warm even at that time. We got taxis to the hotel we stayed in, and after dropping our things off, we got Gyros for dinner. They tasted like heaven and were really cheap too! We only spent a night in Heraklion, and woke up early for a ferry to Santorini Sunday morning. At 8am it was already so hot. Here is the first glmipse of the ocean in Crete:

The ferry lasted about 2 hours, and we got lunch at the port in a little restaurant with outdoor seating. I had Spinach Pie, YUM! The hostel picked us all up in a little white van, and we were off climbing the mountains of Santorini to the other side of the island to a town called Perissa. There we rented ATVs (four wheelers) for the two days we would be there. They were so much fun! We were able to get from one end of the island to the other in just over an hour. They were so useful and easy to drive.

Santorini was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. Everywhere we drove, the views were breathtaking. We had amazing weather the entire time, and it was a great few days there. We visited all over the island with our little ATVs, hitting just about everywhere. We saw the red beach, the black beach, the light house, Thira and Oia. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the island:

Our ATVs

Oia at Sunset

The Red Beach

Me in Thira

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