The trip was excellent. It was just the right mix of history and getting out into nature and current culture. In planning we tried lots of options, and , while there are a few other things that I would have liked to have seen, the mix we ended up with was best given the time that I was willing to allow for a vacation.
While the whole trip was good, two things stand out as most memorable:
1-The friendliness and accommodations made by the manager of the hotel in Arachova. He was so excited about his town wanted so much to show it to us and tell us about it.
2-The Akrotiri archaeological site on Santorini (Thira). I was impressed by how complete it was, the story behind it, and the fact that someone had the foresight to protect it with a climate-controlled building. Upon coming home, I learned that this is not a common tourist site so I am happy that our planner included it in our trip.
The biggest disappointment of our trip was not being able to take the ferry between Thira and Crete. That was really no one's fault but my own for planning a trip so late in the season. On the other hand, I liked having a late season trip to keep the heat and the crowds down. Perhaps a trip about two weeks earlier would have been better. It might also have been better if we actually included a trip to the beach or the mud baths instead of leaving it to chance and time available. On a personal note, I like to attend church on Sundays in whatever country I am visiting, but I don't like to inconvenience those I travel with who do not. Nonetheless, I should have made a point of leaving Sunday morning free of activity rather than leaving it to chance.
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