Today we explored the caldera of Santorini. We took a boat ride to the active volcano and climbed to the top, honestly it was a little disappointing. There was no molten lava or any smoke coming from a crater, just the smell of rotten eggs and tons of small rocks that made walking a challenge. Nonetheless we did it, and then we continued our boat ride to the hot springs. They were filled with sulfur, dyed swimsuits strange colors, required a Herculean swimming effort through cold water to get to, and were luke warm at best. Needless to say we decided to sit that out on the boat. Our final destination was the island of Thirassia. This is a tiny island with a population of 200 that forms the edge of the caldera. There were several restaurants and not much else. Our opinion is that we think the Greek government forces tour boats to stop there to keep the place alive. Given two hours with little to do we opted to take another donkey ride.
It sounds like we had a miserable day but it was still fun. We got a lot of sun (too much for some of us) and enjoyed another beautiful day on Santorini. We probably would not recommend the tour to any future visitors however. Here are some other pictures for your enjoyment.
This is probably our last post because we are leaving tomorrow for Athens and then promptly home the next day. Thanks for following our trip, this has been fun for both of us, we look forward to talking to all of you about our trip when we get home!