From Naples, we set sail for Santorini, the largest of the Greek Isles. I have always wanted to visit Santorini and see its famous blue domes and whitewashed stone buildings, so this was definitely the port I was most looking forward to visiting. Santorini is literally a city on a cliff and is actually the remains of a huge volcanic explosion. To get to the island, we needed to take a tender (small boat) from our cruise ship, which was anchored in the Aegean Sea, south of Greece.
When we reached the island, we had the choice of going up to the city by either tram or donkey. The tram turned out to be a 45-minute wait, so we decided to take the donkeys (which weren’t my first choice), but it turned out to be so much fun and definitely one of the most memorable experiences of our whole trip!
I did feel awful for the donkeys, though. It was so hot, and the cliff was extremely steep. I was just standing there doing nothing, and I was already hot. I couldn’t even imagine being one of the donkeys — climbing up the narrow steps of that cliff, and then carrying a loud, heavy and annoying tourist on top of me. I know, terribly inhumane, but truthfully, very cool at the same time.
The view from the top was simply beautiful. I have never seen so much blue in my life. Blue everywhere — blue skies, blue water, blue domes! I was determined to find these famed blue domes I had always seen in pictures and heard about. It was blazing hot on top of that uncovered cliff, and my husband and sisters-in-law were so great by humouring me and trying to help me track down those blue church domes. They kept asking people for directions, backtracking and getting lost on the narrow pebbled streets trying to find them for me. Did I mention that it was super hot?
So we looked…
and looked some more. (Love these pebbled mosaics!)
Finally — yes! Found them!
And one more!
All that walking and searching made us very hungry. And we couldn’t go to Greece without having a gyro!
We decided to give the donkeys a break and took the tram down to the water.
Scary to think all that was holding us up was a thin set of wires and this spinning red wheel.
Really a fun day! And the kids decided to stay on the boat with their grandparents, which made it even more fun! (I love my kids. I really do. But those of you with kids — you know what I’m talking about).