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Santorini, Greece: An Island With A View

“Travel” is the new section of the blog. It has nothing to do with Washington, Missouri, except the fact that sometimes you need to distance yourself from home to appreciate what you’ve got. I’ve been lucky to have traveled with my husband quite a lot, so decided to share with you some beautiful corners of the world we’ve been to. Feel free to take us somewhere, too  – just get in touch with me and I will feature you on the blog!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

 Mark Twain

Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece's mainland. We were lucky to visit it back in October, 2009, and I am sure one day we will go back!

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements, on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides.

The ways to get up to the town are two: on the back of a donkey up a path paved with volcanic stones, or...

... a less adventurous, but odor-free lift. That's what we opted for 🙂

Blue-domed churches, white-washed houses with blue windows and doors, narrow cobbled streets, and small souvenir shops make the principal city Fira a popular tourist spot.

Even dogs are laid back in Santorini. You can't help but fall in love with the island and it's relaxing, casual atmosphere.

Some doors seem to go to nowhere. The unique characteristic is the common utilisation of the hypóskapha: extensions of houses dug sideways or downwards into the surrounding pumice.

The houses are built on the edge of the caldera, and from a distance the island looks like a mountain covered in snow.

Don't you just adore this home? I could stay there for some weeks ... 🙂

The narrow charming streets take you to more breath-taking views.

Have you seen the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"? This particular view is in one of the movie scenes. Staying in Santorini can be quite pricy, but it is so worth it!

Oia, pronounced ‘Ia’, is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.

Picture perfect Oia view, the one you see on every Santorini postcard. We managed to find it and snap some photos, before it was time to go back.

I always enjoy taking pictures of cats 🙂

The traditional architecture of Santorini is similar to that of the other Cyclades, with low-lying cubical houses, made of local stone and whitewashed or limewashed with various volcanic ashes used as colours.

I especially loved the terraces, going down to the sea.

All good things come to and end. We walked along with the donkeys, down the path, back to the ship.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Sources: Personal photographs and experience, and Wikipedia.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


8 Responses to “Santorini, Greece: An Island With A View”

  1. Lovely, Slava. You have some wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing them.

    Posted by Donna Cregger | February 25, 2012, 10:05 am
  2. Gorgeous gorgeous pictures! I cannot believe how WHITE the buildings are! Very cool shots…

    Posted by Wendy Becker | February 25, 2012, 1:45 pm
  3. wow amazing photos!!! i’m actually about to go to santorini this year. i’d love to know where i can find that door they used for the sisterhood movie :). of course i’m not going just because of that. hehe. i’ve longed for santorini for a long time :). thanks!

    Posted by biang | March 19, 2012, 2:36 pm

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