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All shapes and sizes

If M were to write a blurb about the women at our Hotel in Santorini, he’d write that “some women should never wear bikinis”. However, we agree to disagree. Over the week I have been reminded about how much more comfortable European women are about their body image. Clearly many people come here to get a deep Mediterranean tan and lie in the sun most of the day. The smell of coconut oil in the air is thick. (Meanwhile, our 30+ SPF cream ensured that we did not burn to a crisp like some of the people we saw.) Women of all shapes and sizes were everywhere. Most looked great irrespective of size, but as M said “ some looked like they were still wearing the bikinis they had when they were 16 years old and others looked like their bodies were about to swallow their bikinis.”
Ps: M did not wear the mankini he promised he would!
pss: no offence is meant by the entry

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The best way to explore Santorini is on a motor bike.

on_quad_bike_018.jpg In our case a quad bike was preferable and so with the wind blowing in our hair, two svelte (joke) figures clung to each other as we rode along exploring the winding roads that make up the small island of Santorini. We had a fun day out, traversing the length and breadth of this unique landscape. Pumice mines; amazing beaches down south; monasteries and churches, all the while passing through little villages as well as some of the bigger townships. In context, Santorini’s population is about 10,000. However, it has over 500,000+ visitors per year. In peak season this means lots of traffic, especially motor bikes, on the roads. The landscape is arid with little vegetation. Some plants that have adapted to this dry, hot place are thistles, prickly pear and grape vines that are small individual low bushes. The beaches are incredible! You are literally walking on old volcanic matter that has broken down over years and years and are now unique red sand, black sand or white sand beaches. The backdrop to all this is huge cliffs with rocks that look like they could fall down at any time. Take the risk and hire a bike!

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Why walk up the cliff?

IMG_0498.jpgIMG_0361.jpgA visit to the old port is a great outing because of the spectacular views. So, on our visit there we walked to Fira, explored the laneways and tourist shops and eventually took the cable car down the steep cliff to the old port. We took photos, walked, drank a beer or two and admired the Caldera. While there, passenger cruise ships came and went and then a very large one arrived. So by the time we decided to head back to the top of the cliff the queue for the cable car was very, very long. We thought we would just sit and wait for the queue to die down, but with 2, 750 passengers on board (which we later found out) it was little wonder that there was no way waiting was going to make much difference. So the choices were: wait for hours, queue for hours, ride the donkeys up the cliff or walk up the cliff. One of us chose to wait in the queue, the other (me) decided to walk the cliff. The walk would take roughly an hour and didn’t seem too hard. I headed past the donkey queue, past the men trying to convince me that for 1 euro a donkey ride would be better. I tagged along with two upbeat American men, crew from the ship. This would take 40 minutes, they said, and so we continued, up and up and up. Sometimes the donkeys were in the way and occasionally we had to stop and rest. The walk was not hard but it was so hot that not having a bottle of water with me was becoming a problem. This was true, until i came across the nice NZ couple we had met the day before. They were heading down the cliff. One of them had a bottle of water and in my desperation I asked if I could have a drink. Bingo, I had a drink and scored the bottle off them as they could get some more at the bottom of the cliff. 40 minutes later, red faced and dripping with sweat, I made it to the top. I felt victorious (and my other half waited for 1.5 hours!)

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Don't forget to bring your sunglasses

sunny 35 °C

sunrise_santorini_014.jpgAs the glossy brochure says, Santorini is an idyllic place. Bright blue skies, crystal clear waters and iconic white buildings. The island is a geologist’s dream for if the layers of rock could speak they’d be telling you of the volcanic and seismic activities that formed the island that dates back to 2000BC. Santorini hangs above the Aegean Sea and has amazing views of the Caldera.
What brings people here is the amazingly consistent great weather, the incredible views, the unique architecture and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is a stunning place.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses, the glare is brilliant!

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A Bottle of Water

Forget the Purchasing Price Parity (PPP) for a McDonald’s Big Mac developed by a WA Academic; I’ve decided that the life giving scarce commodity that is water, should be the new commodity used to calculate PPP to see if currencies are over or undervalued. So, as we travel from city to city, I shall let you know how much a standard .5 litre bottle of water is. (You’ll need to do the conversions!)

Kyoto & Tokyo 150 yen
Athens 50 euro cents
Santorini 40 euro cents for 1.5 litres (Tap water cannot be consumed. Everyone must use bottled water, hence it is subsidised.)
Barcelona 1.00 euro
Provence 1.00 euro
Monterosso 0.90 euro cents
BUdapest 50 HUF (about 25 cents AUD)
Copenhagen 2.75 (AUD)
NY 1.39 USD

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