TRAVELS/GREECE: SANTORINI

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Today i was looking at some old photos of our travels in Greece, and i think that Santorini is one of the most unique places that i’ve ever seen. I’ve so many beautiful shots of that summer holiday…
Santorini, (officially Thira) is an island in the Southern Aegean sea , and it’s the largest island of a small, circular archipelago (the Cyclades)which is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.Santorini includes also some small inhabited islands like Therasia and Nea Kameni.

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Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a previous big single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central lagoon, is surrounded by cliffs on three sides. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon is connected to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, makes it possible for all but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; the island’s principal port is Athinias. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon.

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Besides the geological aspect, which is extremely interesting, Santorini is really beautiful to visit by walk. There are plenty of tiny all-white villages with breathtaking views on the sea; cars and scooter are obviosly not allowed in the towns center. (anyway, we rented a scooter to visit all the island from south to north)
You’ll have a relaxing walk around, taking pictures, going up and down trough the numerous stairways that connect the town streets.
Untitled 1Just because villages are build on more levels, it’s not rare that you’ll look at an orthodox Church from on high, like a bird’s eye view. This can give to you a strange perception of the space, and maybe an idea of visual “chaos”, but this is also the charming side of the island.

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Sitting on a veranda on the caldera is such an amazing experience, even if it’s just for a glass of wine. You can feel really peacefull in the inside, so far from everyday rhythm.

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The beauty of this island goes together with her fragility: the earthquakes. In 1956 a major earthquake near Amorgos island caused the destruction of many buildings in the north of Santorini, leading to the desertion of many of its villages.The major settlements today include Fira (Phira), Oia, Kamari, Perissa, Imerovigli and Pyrgos.

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I’m really proud of all these shots that i took, most of them were taken in Fira, IMerovigli and Oia. Every time that I look at my photos i’m always fascinated by the colors, the subjects and the ligths.

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When i think at Santorini, one of the thing that i reminds are the windmills, even disused, at the end of some narrow white street.
And, finally, i remember the famous sunsets, sitting on a wall embraced, in silence, shooting at the sun which slowly goes down. (and kissing more and more time, of course! Santorini is for sure a romantic place!)

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the perfect end of a perfect day..

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and the last think .. that makes me smile .. are the cats, which are part of the surrounding, which play hide and seek with the amphoras of the gift shops. (i would have taken the cat with me instead of some souvenirs .. eheh)

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Goodbye Santorini!

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12 thoughts on “TRAVELS/GREECE: SANTORINI

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  3. I enjoyed reading about Santorini – what an interesting history! 🙂 I have seen television shows filmed there – it is just amazing and breathtaking – what views. Wow, you should be proud of your photos. They are fantastic. A real pleasure to look at them – wish I was in Santorini right now!

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