Six Days in Paros, Vol. 2
(six days in paradise)
We arrived safely in Rome last night and have settled in. So let me update you on our last 3 days in Greece having left the island of Paros for the island of Santorini. Santorini was simply stunning and a big hit with our students!
We started Sunday by checking out of our cute seaside hotel in Paros and boarding a hydrofoil for the 2-hour journey to Thera (Santorini). As we sped by the various dry Cycladic islands, lessons were held by teachers to make the most of the time on the boat.
Everyone was surprised to find upon arriving at the port in Santorini that we were driving up the winding road to the top of the cliff where we would find our next “home”, the New Haroula Hotel, in the town of Fira.
We then had some down time to relax and unpack before everyone cleaned up and went out to dinner to enjoy traditional Greek food and pastries. We celebrated the birthday of one of our students before heading out to explore Fira’s shops and ice cream kiosks. We learned a new Greek word – “fffftttt” - along with a karate chop action that essentially means “that’s it - no more trouble”, which we now all use.
Our first full day in Fira started with class time right after breakfast. It is a little cooler up here in Fira compared with Paros, which comes as a bit of a relief.
English 12 and Ancient Civilizations 12 were both taught poolside.
After morning lessons, our Ancient Civilisations class went on a walk to the Museum of Prehistoric History to learn about the Cyckladic civilization that flourished here on the island of Thera during 2000-1600 BC before the catastrophic volcanic eruption that destroyed the Minoan settlement on Thera/Santorini. The name Santorini was actually given to the island by the Venetians who named the island after Saint Irini. We also had the opportunity to explore an Orthodox Greek church.
The photography class went out to capture landscape shots of this incredible volcanic island accompanied by the English 11 class
In the evening we travelled to the village of Oia for beautiful sunset views and dinner in this lovely town.
After classes by the pool, we ended our visit in Santorini by embarking on a catamaran cruise around the island - swimming in sulphuric hot springs, private coves with alternatively red and black sand. Students snorkeled and were amazed to see the beautiful array of sea life in the crystal blue waters below. After an onboard BBQ of souvlaki the Mamma Mia soundtrack came on and everyone got up to dance the evening away!
And so, our stay in Greece came to an end. On July 19 we travelled to Rome, Italy and that will be another edition of our travel journey!
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Yours from Italy,
- Blyth Academy News