A Walk Around Fira, Santorini

Name of walk A Walk Around Fira, Santorini
Date of walk 2013-06-21

We have visited Santorini before, on a day trip from Crete. We had seen all the archaeological sites on that visit, so today we would just walk around Fira and relax.

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We arrived in Santorini at 7am. The only way onto the island was by tender.

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Once you arrive at the small harbour of Skala Firon 270m below Fira, you have a choice of walking up, donkey ride or cable car.

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Last time we walked up to the town. This time we caught the cable car which gives good views out along the caldera. It also means you are up quickly and can do most of the walking around in cooler temperatures. Santorini is the only Greek Island categorised as desert.

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Looking down at the cable car and the harbour.

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The alternative mule or donkey transport.

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Ahead is the Catholic Cathedral of St. John The Baptist.

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The cathedral's bell tower.

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Some Greek Orthodox cheerfulness must have rubbed off

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We then have a drink at a cafe and soak up the views.

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My new camera has a setting called 'Super Vivid'......I thought I'd give it a whirl. Maybe 'Super Garish' would be a more accurate description!

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.......or maybe 'Postcard Setting'.

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Churches everywhere.

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We have a look around the shops then head to the other side of town to The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

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'Super Vivid' makes people orange!

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Time for another drink break with a view.

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Brendan does not wish to be orange so I return camera settings to normal.

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We walk back down to the harbour.

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Sorry guys, but I prefer two feet to four.

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Then we walk to the far end of the harbour.

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See, not really orange!

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Off we go again.

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A volcanic landscape behind the yacht 'Sea Cloud'.......The Sea Cloud is a sailing cruise ship. Initially built as a private yacht, it subsequently served as a weather ship for the United States Coast Guard and United States Navy during World War II.

An excellent day.

Jo.

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