Santorini, another of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea is a popular tourist spot.  We were transported by a ferry into the port referred to as the Caldera where we boarded a bus travelling up the rugged hillside created by a volcanic eruption in the 1600s. This was the start of one of the most beautiful scenery as we ascended to the two main cities, Fira and Oia. A word of caution if you are on a tour from the ship ( at least I know NCL) buses pick you up from the port but you return to the port via cable  car or by going down flights of steps; we were told you can also go down by a donkey. You have to be mindful of the time because the line and wait to board the cable car is very long and there is the potential not to get back in time for the scheduled departure of the ship. Another thing to be mindful of is that there are many tours and many buses are parked in the bus park and the area is very congested so you could easily get lost. Pay attention to the guide.

Note the ferry and you can see buses along the rugged hillside.

This gives you an idea of the rugged roadside created as a result of the volcanic eruption as we travelled up to Fira and Oia

This is the Island where destination weddings seem to be the norm. In fact several guests on our cruise got married in Santorini. Churches are easily identified by their blue domed tops but the popular Orthodox Church is perched at the top of a hill giving you a great view of Oia and the Caldera behind. Close behind the Orthodox church is also a Catholic church.To get to that point you have to climb steps and cobbled streets, not for the faint of heart or weak knees. Brides and their entourage were seen descending to their waiting transportation after their wedding

Watch for the breath taking views from Fira next

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