Last month Dan and I set sail aboard the wonderful, the majestic, the magnificent Celebrity Reflection (our captain words, not mine, although the ship did live up to its many superlatives!) for a 10 day cruise around Greece, Turkey, and Italy.
After embarking from Rome, sailing through the night, and passing Sicily and the toe of Italy the next morning (which by the way made the best view for the spin class I took that morning to combat the number of passes I had made at the buffet the day prior!) we arrived at our first port of call, Santorini. The sea drowned caldera island of Santorini is famous for its geology and multi-colored cliffs, white-washed buildings, blue domed Greek Orthodox churches, and sunsets.
As we only had 7 hours in port, as soon as our tender boat deposited us onto dry land we maximized our time in Santorini by first hitting up the Santo Wines Winery to sample some locally produced wines all while admiring stunning views of the caldera before hightailing it to the other side of the island to wander through the city of Oia, before finally settling into a caldera-view table at Argo Restaurant in Fira for some amazing mezze and sangria.
Though we were unable to join the rest of the island in watching the famous Santorini sunset from Oia or Fira we were able to see the sun set on Fira as our cruise ship sailed off into the Aegean Sea en route to Athens. The setting sun highlighted the islands unique geology so that the layers of the cliffs glowed orange and red like the most amazing layer lake!
Stay tuned for scenes of the Parthenon in the next post!