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somehow I deleted some of my footage from Rhodes so I just pulled some off of Nate’s phone and combined it with mine and I really like how this video came out




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Just as I did last year I pre-booked our Santorini water taxi online for 15 euros each.
We used the Aegean Traveller again. While I do recommend them it seemed like this year they were much more chaotic than last and they had trouble finding my proof of payment because I had paid via paypal. The first taxi was at 8:30. As you’ll find out later we didn’t end up using the bus service (included in our ticket price) from Oia to Thira.

We took the first tender from the ship and had about an hour to kill before it got there. While we were waiting we met 2 couples who we ended up chatting with the whole time. Never did see them again after we got off the bus in Oia.

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the beautiful view from the water taxi:
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The water taxi pulled into Ammoudi Bay and we made the small hill climb to the bus to take us up to Oia. Again we got on first (like last year) and got seats at the front.

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I had a few missions in mind 1) go back to the shop I had made all of our purchases at last year 2) get pictures at the tiny church we weren’t able to last year and 3) gopro time lapse the walk down from Thira to the tender.


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Your pictures and videos are phenomenal!  I loved following along...looks like we'll have to book a cruise going to all of these Greek Islands.  Absolutely beautiful!  DH and I had been to Athens and Santorini out of Civitivecchio.  I have always heard how beautiful Mykonos is. Crete and Rhodes look gorgeous also!😉

 

Four of our friends will be on your TA next November 1st with you.  I truly enjoyed following along with you and your Fiance.  Have you set a Wedding date yet?  I wish you much happiness!😊

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I just realized you're not done with your blog..lol!!  Yay for me!😎

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Your pictures and videos are phenomenal!  I loved following along...looks like we'll have to book a cruise going to all of these Greek Islands.  Absolutely beautiful!  DH and I had been to Athens and Santorini out of Civitivecchio.  I have always heard how beautiful Mykonos is. Crete and Rhodes look gorgeous also!
 
Four of our friends will be on your TA next November 1st with you.  I truly enjoyed following along with you and your Fiance.  Have you set a Wedding date yet?  I wish you much happiness!


Thank you so much! we’re looking forward to the TA a lot...very different feel than this cruise...all those sea days will call for long naps

we get married in 20 short days! November 9!


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First stop...the store!

The same little old man was working. We told him we remembered his dogs from last year and asked how they were. He said they’re at home snoozing on the couch. LOL.
What a kind man. He thanked us for returning and gave us a canvas Santorini bag as a gift.

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It was already so busy!!!
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants house:
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Doing ALOT of walking but not sure you mentioned much about what the  temperatures are like  and how the humidity is on these islands.

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Doing ALOT of walking but not sure you mentioned much about what the  temperatures are like  and how the humidity is on these islands.


you’re right I’ve forgotten. It was probably low 80s and humid but nothing like Rome was. I was definitely “glistening” every day


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We were hungry and had seen all we wanted in Oia so headed to the cafes right in front of the city bus/taxi stop
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I had a strawberry, banana, nutella chocolate crepe and it was EVERYTHING!
We finished eating and headed down to the transfer bus pick up area. It was complete chaos!!! we knew just from the looks of the line that there was no way we’d make it on the bus and would have to stand in the heat for another hour.
We decided it was worth it to taxi. 30euros for 2 from Oia to Thira...quick ride...not crammed in a bus full of people...priceless



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The taxi dropped us in Thira right at one of our favorite spots
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I may have accidentally started us down the path...oops...we had to go back up...
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We wandered through the shops...trying to make sure we saw everything
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The beginning of the line for the cable car down...the line continued wrapping around far beyond this...but that’s not where we were headed
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so Nate had had I think 4-5 mythos by then...it was hot....he needed food...and who am I to say no to food?
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We ordered a bottle of wine
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The mixed salad was amazing!!! ignoring any concept you have of a salad...I even asked them for the dressing ingredients
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after we ate the waiter brought us a shot of this
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you can probably guess how we were feeling

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Nate thanking the waiter for great service as we get ready to leave
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oh but wait...we can’t leave. The waiter, Amilio, brings us this:
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he said it’s a pasta soaked in sorbet with walnut and pistachio. We died and went to heaven.



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I have no idea how much we paid for that meal...we weren’t charged for the shot or the dessert. I know we definitely didn’t over pay. I’d have to look at my credit card statement.I know we gave Amilio a promise we would leave a great review on trip advisor and we handed him some extra euros.

It was time to make our way down the donkey trail. We passed the line for the cable cars and it was even longer than it was earlier.
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Last year when we walked down we were able to stop and enjoy the views...This year it felt like we were cattle. There were so many people because of all the ships in port.

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I think I got a few minutes of gopro footage that I’ll put in the vlog

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we were tired, hot, a little annoyed by all the people (some of them shouting out rude comments to the donkey handlers and then walking away...like if you’re gonna shout something rude why not stay and have an adult conversation?!!!) and back on board at 4:30.



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We went straight to the room and napped until about 5:45. Nate stayed in the room and I went out and read a little in the atrium and then wandered the ship until about 9.

here are a few more shots from Santorini
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and to end the day:
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This cruise is on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing your adventure.

I do hope you get the chance to go! There is nothing like it. We were joking last night how “where did you guys go on vacation for 5 years?” “oh italy and greece every year”
There’s still so much to see!!!


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8 hours ago, singinalot said:

another picture of the caves:
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We had seen the sign for the Acropolis of Rhodes so decided to make our way in that direction.

We were now out of the residential area and walking along the coast

We saw several taxis parked at this spot so we decided to walk up. Turns out it’s an amazing overlook
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We continued walking along the coast and fiancé says “here. take a video”....I should have known...little boy at heart gave my heart an attack....


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Rhodes looks amazing.  Thanks for sharing.

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Rhodes looks amazing.  Thanks for sharing.


it was! definitely somewhere we could go back to!


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so I considered scrubbing the second half of this vlog but the truth is this is how it went. You’ll hear someone tell me someone is trying to come up in a wheelchair...it turned out it was actually someone on a stretcher (which makes more sense). I do feel so bad for the woman who fell and had to be carried up. That had to have been so scary for she and her family! I don’t want to imagine. I understand that the gentleman was just trying to get to the top but there was honestly nowhere for me to go. I was wedged between 2 donkeys. I hope that she is ok




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I regret I didn't have the opportunity to meet you on the cruise.  Your pictures are really fantastic - and are much, much better than mine.  (I apparently need a new camera, since DS kept pointing out that  IPhone pictures were much better than my point-and-shoot Canon.)  I'm definitely following your blog!  Thank you for posting :classic_rolleyes:

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What did it cost to ride a donkey?


I’m not sure but I just googled it and it says 5 euros...not sure how accurate that is


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