Crete – Rethimnon

Last full day in Greece.

Morning sunrise, breakfast on the patio and a long swim (okay- a long float) and lunch.

Then a wander around the old town and port and Fortezza Fortress in the heat.

A cooling float and some fun snorkeling, then dinner on the patio while listenng to the water and enjoying the sunset reflected on the horizon.

Now we each have a book to read while we put off packing for Rome.

Akratiri

Last day in Santorini. Got up early and packed up, ate the last of of the yogurt, then tidied up before heading to the bus stop. Two very comfortable but slow buses later we arrived at Akratiri, an ancient city buried by the volcano. It has been an active archeological site since 1967. An impressive cover has been built over it, which not only protects the site, but keeps the visitors cool and shaded.

It is hard to express how big it is – the pictures don’t do it justice.

Now for an ice coffee and elevenses before heading out to the Red Beach.

Volcano Tour

After a nice sleep, breakfast from the amazing 24 hour bakery around the corner and a couple of hours on the beach, we took the bus back to Fira for our volcano and hot springs tour.

Had 40 minutes so decided to walk down to the old port to get to the tour ship. Long. Hot. Smelly. Dangerous  (I hurt my hip and Jacob busted his knee – we are fine but achy). But in a strange way, we are glad we did it. 

Made it down in time to get our boat. Loved being out on the water and swimming up the hot springs inlet. Tried slathering on the Volcanic mud so I am sure I look 10 years younger. Right?

Did not make it up to the magma area but we did hike most of the volcano area before being stopped by a narrow path of over a chasm. Nope. That is not going to happen! 

Back to Piressa and dinner on our patio,  followed by a swim (all on our on) in the lovely pool at our pension.

Delphi

Such a quick overnight from Athens but what a jewel! Comfortable American style hotel, adorable town high in the mountains and a great site and world class museum. Harrowing bus ride but you can’t have everything!
More pictures to follow!