If I ever have to create an impressive sounding street name, I’ve got myself covered. After a week in Santorini, I’ve officially been transformed from tame globetrotter to wild sunset hunter.
Hordes of tourists besiege the island of Santorini every year, eager to bask in the warm sunshine and the presence of their beloved one. What could be more romantic? Why, sitting down with a glass of something good and watching the sun shyly dip its underbelly into the sea!
Sunset watching seems pretty straightforward – you sit and you watch. Not so in Santorini! You have to find the perfect spot, fend off a hundred fellow sunset gazers and then try very hard to crop them out of your photos.
Santorini, or Thera or Stroggyli, as it used to be called, is the southernmost Cycladic Island. It is actually a group of smaller islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni. The island is most known because of its active volcano. It is probably the only volcano in the world, whose crater is in the sea. The eruption of the Santorini volcano, also referred to as the Minoan eruption of Thera, is allegedly the cause of the destruction of the Minoan Civilization.
I’m a total rebel without a cause. You say left and I say right, you say flight and I say fight. So why oh why did I decide to go with the flow this summer and visit Santorini, one of Greece’s most tourist-infested islands?
Beautiful white and blue houses on precipitous hills making one dizzy, a mysterious volcano, and spectacular views: and luxury hotels. One can find everything on this gorgeous Island. Some writers and mystics consider Santorini to be a part of the lost continent of Atlantis. Romantic poets say – it’s an Island of Love. They seem to be absolutely right. It’s unique; and a ‘MUST VISIT’ place.
My experience of the Ionian Islands before this trip was limited to Paxos – an island I had thus far considered to ‘feel’ different from many other Greek islands I’d visited. Kefalonia was to be my first trip to Greece in a couple of years – and as soon as I arrived I knew it was going to be the kind of island I was looking for. Read more
Luckily for visitors, Rhodes enjoys a close proximity to Symi Island, which can easily be reached by ferry from Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes Old Town. Upon approaching Symi port, you will be greeted by a number of colorful fishing boats bobbing in the harbor and an expanse of neoclassical island homes stretching up the hillside. Gialos is the main harbor on Symi and the island’s capital. Read more
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Greece is a magical destination. For any traveler, there’s nothing better than the combination offered by a sun setting behind a calm sea and urban landscapes worthy of endless pictures, an exquisite and varied gastronomical tradition, imposing classic temples that have remained standing through the years, myths that tell the stories of relentless heroes and seducing deities and… an amazing amount of furry and chubby cats? Read more
Or, to put it another way, how to fit an entire summer into one moment. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t dreamed of summer in Greece. Anyone who hasn’t yearned to get there. Anyone who, after it’s all over, hasn’t longed to return. Maybe it’s because Greece conceals inside itself a piece of our lost childhood. A piece of that bygone carefree age when we had endless free time and our worries were practically non-existent. A time when we could hear the sea in a shell and sandcastles seemed to stand impregnable in the face of successive waves. A miniature paradise within us which has been all but forgotten over the years, the path that led to it now faded, disappeared.
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