Santorini Day Visit


Feb 22nd, 2007, 09:52 PM
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Santorini Day Visit

Is the Akrotiri evacuation site still closed? In July? If so, is there any way a small group (4) could walk around the outside of it and see anything? In what museum on the island are most of the artifacts from Akrotiri available to be seen? Please comment on the donkey ride up to Fira? We have one in our group who wants to do that! Thank you.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 10:07 PM
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Yes, it's still closed with no projected reopening date. Unfortunately there's really nothing visible from the outside. There's a small archaeological museum in Fira where you can see some artifacts, but most of them are in Athens in the National Archaeological Museum and the Cylcadic Museum.

PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE DONKEYS. I know they're cute and some people want to take photos riding them and experience the ride up or down the steps in Fira and Oia, but believe me, these poor animals are abused on a regular basis without rest or water breaks. The donkey men use sticks with nails to prod or whip them into moving along their way. I've seen this myself many times over 22 years. I once witnessed a donkey that had collapese being beaten to force it back on its feet until the abuser was restrained. The donkey died. It's no wonder they try to wipe their passengers off their backs by rubbing up against the sides of the steps. I've seen some pretty badly scraped legs from people who weren't able to avoid that circumstance. There was a time when the donkeys were essential to the survival of Santorini's native population, but no more. Now they're just a curiosity and another tempting attraction being exploited for money and photo ops for the tourists. PLEASE DON'T RIDE THE DONKEYS.
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