|Santorini showing crater, white houses on the hilltop nearby & in the distance, |
and one of too-many-to-count churches
The thing about a caldera is that it can have steep sides. In the case of Santorini, this means that there is no easy way to get from the sea to the towns at the top of the caldera… Well, it's not really so bad. From where we arrived there is a road with many switch-backs…and taxis or buses to get you to your lodging. From where the cruise ships arrive the options are: walk, take the cable car or ride a donkey.
|Donkeys returning home at the end of the work day|
|Marty's House: Looking down from the loft to the living room. Kitchen is to the far left. Bathroom is thru the door to the right. Master Bedroom is below the loft. Note: Cave houses seem to always have a curved roof.|
|See that knob on the hilltop in the center of the photo? That's Skaros today. |
In a photo we saw, it had a fort and buildings clinging to the hillside.
|Poor, underfed(?) Martina. We think she is the real owner of the house.|
|From afar the white houses look like snow or frosting on the hilltops. |
This is what they look like in the setting sun.
|Church in Oia|
|The windmills are commonly associated with Mykonos |
but we found them on Rhodes & Santorini as well.
|Our version of thejigsawpuzzles.com Puzzle of the Day|
|Copy of a wall fresco from Akrotiri. The original is in the local museum but we didn't get there.|
|Remains of one of the houses at Akrotiri; storage jars intact.|
|The crater at sunset|
|Fried fish plate. Yum!|
|Typical labeling on local wines. Apparently for the larger wineries, |
they have labels combining the Greek with the English translation using the Roman alphabet.
- At least on Santorini, odds are, if the grape name starts with "A" it is a white wine (there is one red, but we hardly ever saw it). Common white wines are: Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. Common red wines are: Mandelaria, Mavrotragano. (Actually that second red is unique to Santorini but that really is the source of our knowledge at this stage).
- On Santorini, grapes are cultivated with a method that is new to us. The main source of moisture for the grapes is from the overnight dew. To help the vines collect this, they are curled into circles about 2-3 feet in diameter. During the summer the vineyards look like a field of low lying grape leaves. In fall/winter, they look like a a field of grapevine wreaths all laid out separately.
Grapevine coiled to better retain moisture.
- Vinsanto it is not the same as "Vin Santo" in Italy. In Greece they harvest the grapes in early August, at the same time as other grapes. They then leave them to dry in the sun for several days or weeks before pressing them. In Italy, the grapes are dried much longer.
Stayed tuned for news of our final stop: Athens