Sailing the Aegean Sea

 

After our first day in Greece, I caught about an hour of shuteye before returning to the airport for our next destination. I was running on pure adrenaline and excitement to breathe in the beauty of Santorini, an island in the southern Aegean Sea. The Athen’s airport never sleeps either. It was 4am and I found myself in another long line to check in with Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines has some of the most courteous staff I’ve ever encountered. Although the Athen airport could use for some re-engineering, Aegean Airlines was delightful in it’s efficiency to board and de-board passengers. Upon riding a people-mover to the plane, we could board through the front door or a second one at the rear of the plane. Brilliant! Although the entire flight was about 45 minutes in duration, we were only in the air for approximately 20 minutes. Although there are other options to island hop this was the most efficient based on our itinerary.

Santorini is part of the Cyclades islands and is also known as Thera (or Thira). It is is essentially what remains after a volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlement, creating the current caldera. This island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, also known as the Minoan (or Thira) eruption. Another theory is that the Thira eruption was also the source of Atlantis.

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After enjoying a lovely Santorini sunrise, I enjoyed this breathtaking view for the next few hours.

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View of the Santorina caldera during my morning runs.

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A lovely day sailing the Aegean Sea with Nikos (captain), Christos and Jules (crew).

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Sailing the Aegean Sea

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Playing in the Aegean Sea

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Playing in the Aegean Sea

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Endless Shopping in Thira (Center City)

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Penguin Laundry Service’s Mascot. I love how he just hung out on the warm dryer!

Interested in learning more about Greek cuisine in Santorini? Enjoy my next blog post…