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").  gr15 091811030 j Steep climb down to that little church.  gr15 091811110 j Road north from hotel  gr15 091811130 j Small church up to which John walked.  gr15 091811112 j
Looking from the church towards Imerovigli and Skaros Rock.  gr15 091811220 j ab The church  gr15 091811311 j Three-bell tower  gr15 091811400 j Sunset over the caldera  gr15 091819210 s
Looking north from near Akrotiri towards FIra and Imerovigli  gr15 091911502 s Like Pompei but much earlier, bronze-age Akrotiri was buried under volcanic ash and then mud around 1650 BCE (!).  gr15 091912250 s Double-horn square: In one of these builings was found the Spring Fresco of lilies and swallows seen in the Athens National Archaeological Museum.  gr15 091912260 s More ruins  gr15 091912320 s
Pithoi (storage jugs)  gr15 091912350 j Looking down the main drag from the weaving room.  gr15 091912360 j Fascinating old ruins always make us feel the passage immense quantities of time.  gr15 091912491 s Large triangular (uh...) square  gr15 091912590 j
We had a delicious meal at the Ammoudi Fish Tavern, down by the water below Oia.  gr15 091921383 t View from our hotel towards Imerovigli  gr15 092008511 j ab Cycladic statues in the Prehistoric Museum in Fira  gr15 092011550 j cb Fresco from Akrotiri, looks like papyrus.  gr15 092012040 s
Another fresco from Akrotiri  gr15 092012041 s Vases decorated with dolphins and flowers, from Akrotiri  gr15 092012050 s Jug and cups found at Akrotiri, imported from Crete.  gr15 092012110 j Fresco of young fisherman, from Akrotiri.  gr15 092012090 j rcba
Jumping blue monkeys! Amazing fresco from Akrotiri. Were there monkies on Thira in those days, over 2700 years ago?  gr15 092012140 j abc Fira, view towards ImerovigliTourists galore at Fira, looking towards Imerovigli and Oia.  gr15 092012340 j Our beautiful pool and view  gr15 092015250 j Narrow lanes of Imerovigli  gr15 092108320 j
Skaros Rock in fresh morning colors. It still seems a long way down, and what goes down must come up.  gr15 092108360 j b OIa in the distance, across the caldera  gr15 092108430 j Coming up to Skaros Rock  gr15 092108472 j Skaros Rock looms above the caldera.  gr15 092109130 j
Skaros Rock and the caldera.  gr15 092109200 j Coming  back down from Imerovigli to our hotel, just to the right of the middle.  gr15 092109440 j One last look at the caldera towards Oia, then off to the airport and a long afternoon's wait for a late airplane.  gr15 092109530 j