Greece, September 2015
Thira (aka Santorini)
On Thira (aka Santorini), we spent four nights. The island is quite splendid and there are things to be visited. But there were far too many people and far too many cars.
Looking north from our hotel along the caldera cliff towards Oia (pronounced "ya").
Steep climb down to that little church.
Road north from hotel
Small church up to which John walked.
Looking from the church towards Imerovigli and Skaros Rock.
Sunset over the caldera
Looking north from near Akrotiri towards FIra and Imerovigli
Like Pompei but much earlier, bronze-age Akrotiri was buried under volcanic ash and then mud around 1650 BCE (!).
Double-horn square: In one of these builings was found the Spring Fresco of lilies and swallows seen in the Athens National Archaeological Museum.
Pithoi (storage jugs)
Looking down the main drag from the weaving room.
Fascinating old ruins always make us feel the passage immense quantities of time.
Large triangular (uh...) square
We had a delicious meal at the Ammoudi Fish Tavern, down by the water below Oia.
View from our hotel towards Imerovigli
Cycladic statues in the Prehistoric Museum in Fira
Fresco from Akrotiri, looks like papyrus.
Another fresco from Akrotiri
Vases decorated with dolphins and flowers, from Akrotiri
Jug and cups found at Akrotiri, imported from Crete.
Fresco of young fisherman, from Akrotiri.
Jumping blue monkeys! Amazing fresco from Akrotiri. Were there monkies on Thira in those days, over 2700 years ago?
Fira, view towards ImerovigliTourists galore at Fira, looking towards Imerovigli and Oia.
Our beautiful pool and view
Narrow lanes of Imerovigli
Skaros Rock in fresh morning colors. It still seems a long way down, and what goes down must come up.
OIa in the distance, across the caldera
Coming up to Skaros Rock
Skaros Rock looms above the caldera.
Skaros Rock and the caldera.
Coming back down from Imerovigli to our hotel, just to the right of the middle.
One last look at the caldera towards Oia, then off to the airport and a long afternoon's wait for a late airplane.