Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Santorini Adventures...

Hi everyone,

Well, day 3 in Santorini has been another perfect, albeit windy, day. That might be an understatement!!

To begin, after posting yesterday Sherri and I watched a beautiful sunset over the caldera (the bay that formed where the center of the volcano dropped out) from a village called Megalochori. It was georgeous. Also an understatement!!

Afterwards, we drove the fun little motobike back to our room and took a walk down to the beach, just a half block away, and watched an amazing display of stars over the ocean. Absolutely incredible!! We saw a galaxy glowing, possibly a planet (or at least a very bright star), and Sherri saw a shooting star. Again, like yesterday, quite surreal!!

Today we did not get up for a sunrise, Mom, but we did get up and get some great exercise in!! We took a 6 km hike up to the highest point on Santorini. It took us 4.5 hours and was exhausting, but exhilarating. The views were outstandingly unbelievable. The remains of Ancient Thira were at the top of one of the peaks, and the top of another (which was the higher of the two and the one that we took, not surprisingly) was home to a monastery. The mountain was all marble, so it was a beautiful view out as well as underfoot.

After we recovered from that (and showered!!) we took a drive to watch the sunset from the lighthouse at the furthest point south of the island. Again, breathtaking.

We've decided to stay on Santorini an additional day and then are taking another highspeed ferry to the nearby island of Milos on Thursday. Having some trouble finding a place to stay there though.... Milos is supposedly another beautiful island, with bright white beaches to contrast the black beaches here on Santorini...still the same awesome architecture, though.

We'll make it back to Athens for just one evening so that we can see the famous sites of Athens before heading to Barcelona on the 19th.

Tomorrow, we have planned to spend the day exploring the main town of Fira and Oia, which is at the northern tip of the island and famed for its sunsets. We'll be saving the best sunset for last!!! Not planning to catch any sunrises though!!! One thing we've noticed here is that at least on the islands, there is a different time frame that everyone functions under. Everything starts late and ends late.

For now, time to go....only 4 minutes left on the internet... hopefully more soon!!

Love, Amy and Sherri :)


Wayne said...

of course another perfect day just what God ordered. can you see the big dipper? did you wish upon a star-i am wishing you well,and wishing i was there too.which is faster the highspeed ferry or the motorbike
i can just see the two of you whipping around on that motorbike.no pictures this time we sure loved seeing you both.

Anonymous said...

Are you planning to do EVERYTHING in ONE day?!!! WOW! You've already had more 'adventure' than most people have in a lifetime.

I'm so happy for both of you. Enjoy and know you are covered well with prayer.


Sarah said...

Wow, I'm so happy that the two of you are taking everything in and enjoying it! Thanks for posting photos! Makes me so happy to see your smiling faces and the beautiful scenery! Can't wait to hear more stories and see more pics! Praying for both of you! God's hand is over your trip! May there be divine encounters. :)

Sarah Casten

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhh, ohhhhhh, ohhhhhhh. So wish I was there. What beauty! Thanks for taking the time to post a report and pictures. Sending you both so much LOVE and praying for God's continual FAVOR on your logistics. Ahhhhh, breathe deep.
love, jennifer christine deaton

Pamela said...

Amazing pictures! I can just picture you zipping around on that bike. What an incredible place, and you two are naturals at this adventure stuff :)

"Wish I was there" doesn't even begin to cover it!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ride! Rosie :)

Anonymous said...

Is it against the 'Adventurer's Code' to take a nap? Thanks for sharing all the beauty and the fun with us!
Love Ya'll!

Anonymous said...

Are you trying to pull a "Grand Canyon" stunt on me again? I'm almost afraid to see what you'll do next.
With much prayer and love,