The scenery from the ship is spectacular today. First we pass a cliff side monastery on. , and then we spend close to two hours cruising the ancient caldera of the island of Santorini, passing Thira and other cliff top towns accessible only by foot or donkey or, in one case, a funicular. We see the island plug of the volcano and the layer of white ash in the cliff sides.

The Minoan civilization was strong here at the time of the volcano eruption. Was the major city destroyed and left in the bottom of the Agean in Santorini's caldera? Is it Atlantis? The legend lives on.

 

The monastery on the island of Amorgas.

 

Thira on the island of Santorini.

 

The Santorini caldera.

 

Access to the donkey trail on Santorini.

 

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