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Eastern Med Cruise 2010: Volcano Hiking in Santorini – Geek Turned Athlete

Eastern Med Cruise 2010: Volcano Hiking in Santorini

The hubs and I just got back from a cruise in the Eastern Med on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and this is the 4th installment of our trip recaps. If you missed the previous stops on the cruise, check them out!!

So, Santorini is absolutely gorgeous!! This was our view as we came up on our cruise ship.

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Here is what our Norwegian Cruises Freestyle Daily said about Santorini:

“Santorini is the most extraordinary island in the Aegean. The volcanic cliffs of Santorini are red, brown or greenish, surmounted by a string of white villages. Jutting out from the deep blue sea, its volcanic sheer cliffs topped with gleaming white village homes and churches, resembling snowcapped mountains.

The thunderous fury of nature left its mark on the island, the home of Greece’s last active volcano which still smolders today. The entire center of the circular island sank into the sea during the tremendous volcanic explosion of 3,500 years ago. The eruption caused tidal waves which virtually wiped out the advanced Minoan civilization of Crete, 70 miles south. What remains today of Santorini is the large crescent shaped island enclosing a west bay, the largest caldera on earth (7 x 14) miles.”

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So, what did we do? We visited the volcano, of course! We took this ship to get to it.

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It was sort of a pirate ship that looked like it was a sail boat. It had a motor though. Kind of misleading…

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We had to hike through this rock about half a mile up, and then half a mile down. It was beautiful.

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This was our view from the top…

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Then, back to the bottom…

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We then, “sailed” off to another island where only one person lives on. It is the goat herder. There is also a very tiny church on it.

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Here are the goats that Santorini’s famous cheese comes from. They were just out roaming the cliffs. I was worried that they were going to fall in the water, but they seemed to be excellent little rock climbers. :)

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Back to the shore for dinner. Love that man!

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You have to take a tram to reach most of the shops and restaurants in Santorini.

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The views were amazing going up! And yes, these are our pictures!!

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For dinner, we had this view. It was so freaking romantic! I felt so lucky!

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For dinner, of course I ordered dolmades:

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and tzatziki sauce. I know this wasn’t vegan, but when am I ever going to say that I had Greek food in Greece again?

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It was amazing and quite epic. The sauce was so creamy and fresh tasting.

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Then, I ordered the Greek Salad. And yes, this piece of feta was made from those happy healthy goats that you saw earlier. I did not feel the least bit guilty eating this goat cheese. It was totally worth bending the rules a bit for my Vegan Month. The vegetables were so fresh and the seasonings were so simple and perfect. It was the best greek salad that I have ever had.

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More sunset. Almost everywhere we went in Greece, the locals were asking where I was from. They thought that I was Greek! I always take it as a huge compliment (I get it all the time in the states and Germany).

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After dinner, we walked around the village and did some shopping. The whole time I just kept thinking, I can’t believe this is my life! I don’t take any of our travels for granted at all!

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All in all, it was a beautiful day in Santorini!

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Have you traveled anywhere that you just had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn’t a dream?

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  • TorontoGirloutWest May 27, 2010, 11:48 pm

    Absolutely stunning pictures!!!!! :)

    And the answer is yes – on two occasions. The first time was in Gimmelwald, Switzerland and the second time was in Tulum, Mexico.

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  • adrienmelaine May 28, 2010, 1:35 am

    Oh my god- those photos are amazing- I’ve always wanted to head to Greece because it’s one of those places where you have to pinch yourself with every corner you turn!

    I’ve travelled around Thailand, Fiji, Australia and Ireland- all of those places had pretty good sites to check out- Australia definitely with some of the most breathtaking beaches I’ve ever been on.

    Love the top you wore hiking!

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  • Tiffany May 28, 2010, 2:03 am

    Gorgeous travels! ‘Brava’ on taking advantage of living over there, hon! That water is so pure looking, and your meal looked amazing.

    Germany and France were pretty epic, but kayaking in bays and hiking in the rain forests of Puerto Rico made me really realize that the world is much bigger than I could have ever dreamed. This is a feeling that will hit you like a ton of bricks…and it’s amazing and humbling at the same time.

    One day, I hope that Thailand, Tibet, and Sri Lanka will do that for me again.

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  • Tea May 28, 2010, 2:34 am

    The food! OH The FOOD!

    My favorite place Xi’an China. We went out a little further West of XI’an, and it was like we stepped back in time. The culture was so rich and the land and people so beautiful.

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  • Jacquelyn May 28, 2010, 10:04 am

    What a wonderful reunion / farewell trip for you two to go on prior to heading back to the other side of the pond… Lovely photos!

    Of all my travels, MO-ROCK-O has to be one of the most amazing places of all time. The people are so kind and gracious. The colors of the earth reach out and touch you in a way that makes your heart ache, blues that you can practically drink in. The vast differences of the north and south of the country are incredible, from Medinas to the desert and through the oasis’ where you go from driving on a plane of rock and dirt to come to a valley of palm trees and a community thriving on the land and the hard work of families and neighbors, it is absolutely amazing.

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  • MizFit May 28, 2010, 12:28 pm

    seriously just one word:

    WOW.

    (and one mo’ JEALOUS :))

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  • Marisa May 28, 2010, 1:48 pm

    your pictures are breath taking!!! Glad to see you two had fun! I would have wanted to take the goats home with me. I almost brought a tabby cat home from Croatia with me, he he. We have the same Keens :)

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  • Nichole May 28, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I mean, wow. Just unbelievable pictures. I think you should officially become the travel agent for this cruise line, bc I am sure you’ve sold a lot of people with this!! I was partial to your Croatia pics though;)

    Bellissimo! (or whatever they’re saying!)

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  • Kris | iheartwellness.com May 28, 2010, 6:52 pm

    How wonderful! These pics are stunning!

    Mmmmm do dolmades taste better in Greece? I just love these little grape leave wraps and could eat them all day! And the olives…..don’t get me started!

    Wonderful looking trip my friend :)

    XXOO

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  • Cristy May 28, 2010, 6:56 pm

    I am so jealous I am going to cry! Santorini is my favorite place in the world! Those pictures are gorgeous! I’m so happy you’re enjoying yourself and eating lots and lots of Greek food! :)

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  • Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife May 28, 2010, 8:26 pm

    OMG BEEEEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!!!! And that salad looks FABULOUS!

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  • kacy May 28, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Wow. Breathtaking! And that food?! Unreal.

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  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 28, 2010, 10:35 pm

    soooo amazing!! I NEED TO GO ON THIS CRUISE. and the food..drool. mouthwatering.
    Also, i like your shoes! what kind are they?

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    • Nicole June 1, 2010, 7:07 am

      Keens! I love them!!!

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  • Jo May 28, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Oh Santorini! I miss that island so much- my favourite place when I went travelling around Greece in ’06- did you know you can log onto web cameras with amazing views over the caldera? Looks like we went on the same crazy boat to the volcano- except you know that bit of bright rusty red sea in one of your photos? Those are are underwater hot springs – I went swimming there with a whitish swimsuit on- its still stained with red mineral deposits to this day, everything smelt of metal afterwards! Glad you took the safer route getting back up to the to of the island- we went on donkeys up a steeep cliff path- they had a SERIOUS death wish. Was your restaurant in Oia? 3rd most beautiful sunset in the world apparently. And yes- Greek food, nothing quite like it. Glad your stomach held up ok+ that you and your husband enjoyed a much deserved break in such stunning surroundings… sorry for the huge comment, you can see how excited I get by travelling 😉 Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane!

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    • Nicole June 1, 2010, 7:10 am

      Oh yeah, they had an option when we drove up for some swimming, but I guess we missed the memo that everyone else got to bring their swimsuit! Otherwise, I would have been in the water as well! Yeah, we thought about the donkeys, but we were starving and didn’t want to take the time to take them up!

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  • Anne May 29, 2010, 12:19 pm

    I’ve heard that Santorini is absolutely beautiful and that the food is amazing and you just proved it right. I want to go there too :)

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  • Holly May 31, 2010, 4:40 pm

    amazing. greece is on my top 3 list of places to go, and this just convinced me even more of that :)

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  • Anne P June 2, 2010, 12:49 am

    Gosh that looks SO incredible. What amazing photos! I remember feeling like I couldn’t believe it was my life when I was studying abroad in Australia, and when traveling around New Zealand. Both are so beautiful!

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  • Bridget June 3, 2010, 4:15 am

    Awwww my husband and I were in Santorini in September for our Honeymoon!!! It was the most incredible place I’ve ever been…I want to go back so badly!! You’re trip looks amazing!

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  • bhavana & raghu January 14, 2011, 10:27 pm

    gorgeous!!!! convinced my husband after looking at your pics !!! thanx for uploading..love xxx

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