Archive for June 26th, 2008

Greek Islands

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

When flying back to Budapest last weekend, we flew over some of the Greek Islands. These islands are all amazing close to one another, just 5 to 15 miles away from each other. They are a sailor’s dream. Wake up late in the morning, get breakfast, raise anchor and hoist the sail. You’re at your next destination by martini hour.

Santorini, which was a bit further from the plane, is the most beautiful of the islands. The entire island is a semi-submerged volcano. Snow white villages dot the vertical cliffs on the inside walls of the crater. We had planned to go there on a day-trip, but canceled since we knew the kids would break down over the fourteen hour trip. I’ve seen it, but Gabi hasn’t. On the list of a thousand places to see before you die, Santorini is in the top five.

As I mentioned, the islands are very close together. When I was in Greece in 1987, I spent five days on Naxos swimming on the Western beaches, three days in Ios (the party capital of the islands), then on for a week in Santorini. Naxos was full of holidayers from Italy, England and Germany. Ios was a younger crowd, partying until the wee hours of the morning. On that island of 500 residents, there were 50 bars and 3 discos. The visitors were mostly Scandinavian.

One day, I’d like to lease a nice, substantial sailboat and spend time sailing around these islands. Yes, I really think so. It would be a good idea.