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!!
- Venice, Italy
- Split, Croatia for some ocean kayaking
- Corfu, Greece for some beach fun and exhibitionism 😉
So, Santorini is absolutely gorgeous!! This was our view as we came up on our cruise ship.
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.”
So, what did we do? We visited the volcano, of course! We took this ship to get to it.
It was sort of a pirate ship that looked like it was a sail boat. It had a motor though. Kind of misleading…
We had to hike through this rock about half a mile up, and then half a mile down. It was beautiful.
This was our view from the top…
Then, back to the bottom…
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.
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.
Back to the shore for dinner. Love that man!
You have to take a tram to reach most of the shops and restaurants in Santorini.
The views were amazing going up! And yes, these are our pictures!!
For dinner, we had this view. It was so freaking romantic! I felt so lucky!
For dinner, of course I ordered dolmades:
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?
It was amazing and quite epic. The sauce was so creamy and fresh tasting.
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.
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).
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!
All in all, it was a beautiful day in Santorini!
Have you traveled anywhere that you just had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn’t a dream?