Dodecanese Islands – Part 1

For our anniversary in April, I gifted Bobby a trip to northern Italy to hike the via ferrata, or “iron road,” something that he’s always wanted to do.  We were all set to go during the third week of June.  However, while watching the Giro d’Italia on TV, we saw some legs of the race in the region and we were discouraged by the piles (we’re talking 4-5 feet) of unseasonal snow on the ground. We begrudgingly canceled our trip and were trying to find a warmer vacation to satisfy our desire to hit the road when we received a great offer.  Our Italian friends Tatiana and Francesco invited us to join them on a seven-day sailing trip in the Dodecanese islands.  We couldn’t have been more excited, and quickly agreed.   The Dodecanese are a group of twelve large (plus more than 150 small) Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, of which 26 are inhabited.  With some suggestions from Tatiana and Francesco’s friends as well as our captain, we decided on a six island route.  From Rhodes, the port of departure, we sailed to Symi, Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki, Alimia, and even took a pit stop in Turkey during the second leg of the trip for a quick dip.

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Picture-perfect Santorini

Oia, Santorini

After site-seeing in Athens for three days, we hopped down to the Greek island of Santorini.  Santorini is most famous for its white buildings perched on cliffs and blue-domed churches.  Many of our friends have traveled here before, so we had lots of information to go on.  However, we decided to stay out of the main cities (Fira and Oia) and relax at a very tranquil oasis called the Aenaon Villas.  We were incredibly happy we made this choice, as there weren’t a lot of tourists around and the view was outstanding.  We took several days to relax (well, I read several leisurely books and Bobby read lots of articles for his thesis), and then chose to partake in 2 different day activities that I hadn’t done before — sailing on a catamaran and scuba diving.  … [Read More]