Spectacular Santorini

Spectacular Santorini

Santorini, the picture postcard beauty of the Greek isles. It’s well-known and full of tourists, but with good reason.

From the ferry, when the cliffs of Santorini come into view, the whitewashed buildings appear like snow on a mountain top.

From the ferry, when the cliffs of Santorini come into view, the whitewashed buildings appear like snow on a mountain top.

Approaching Santorini

Approaching Santorini

Being Megan's birthday, they stayed in a posh place. I decided to have a little splurge myself and stay at the place next to theirs. Here's the view from my bathtub.

Being Megan’s birthday, they stayed in a posh place. I decided to have a little splurge myself and stay at the place next to theirs. (The Euro was $1.08 at that time.) Here’s the view from my bathtub.

Too cold to use the pool in early April.

Another bathtub view. Too cold to use the pool in early April

The first sunset from the balcony.

The first sunset from their balcony.

Classic Santorini postcard shot

Classic Santorini postcard shot

...complete with enormous purple sparkly hottub.

…complete with enormous purple sparkly hottub.

Megan's cave room...

Megan’s cave room…

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Julian played a gorgeous duet with the owner at La Ponta. If you're in Santorini, it's well worth a visit.

Julian played a gorgeous duet with the owner at La Ponta. If you’re in Santorini, it’s well worth a visit, as the owner is friendly and full of Greek etymological stories.

Escaping the crowds and hiking near the lighthouse

Escaping the crowds and hiking near the lighthouse

Jeremy contemplating the deep blue sea

Jeremy contemplating the deep blue sea

The caldera of Santorini

The caldera of Santorini

The grapevines are grown in this circular shape. We think it is because of the wind.

The grapevines are grown in this circular shape. We think it is because of the wind.

...or maybe it's to keep away the snails

…or maybe it’s to keep away the snails

Easter is coming

Easter is coming

We were beckoned to this local restaurant

We were beckoned to this restaurant with local spreads, wines, and sweet jams

Santorini is all about amazing views

Santorini is all about amazing views

Walk along the cliffside at sunset

Walk along the cliffside at sunset

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For Megan’s birthday, we took a tour to the volcano. First we headed down the cliffside in a cable car.

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Waiting for the boat Jeremy met this guy

Waiting for the boat Jeremy met this guy with a priceless face

Our boat

Our boat

Julain explores around the volcano

Julian explores around the volcano

At the volcano

At the volcano

Views from the volcano

Views from the volcano

To go back up the cliff

To go back up the cliff these guys…

...we rode donkeys

…set us up on donkeys

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Jeremy having a Fix at the beach

Jeremy having a Fix at the beach

Julian leaving his mark

Julian leaving his mark

To end the day we headed to Santo Winery. I'd heard it had good views. Before going, I pictured scenic views of vineyards...but this was the view.

To end the day we headed to Santo Winery. I’d heard it had good views. Before going, I pictured scenic views of vineyards…but this was the view.

Stunning!

Stunning!

Seeing a triple wedding here didn't surprise me. We found out it was for a Chinese movie. Not surprising either.

Seeing a triple wedding here didn’t surprise me. We found out it was for a Chinese movie. Not surprising either.

Thanks for your views Santorini.

Thanks for your views Santorini.

Brief P.S. – Commentary on technology in 2015:

At the ‘movie wedding’ some of the filming was done by drone.

Movie wedding shot by drone

Movie wedding shot by drone

Low tech Megan has a birthday Skype with her mom from an Ipad.

Low tech Megan has a birthday Skype with her mom from an Ipad.

Sometimes it’s good to stop and take a look at how technology has changed our lives. When Megan and Jeremy were in India in 1997, we corresponded by mail. When I traveled in 2000 – 2001, I e-mailed from internet cafes, and my camera used actual film. For my time in Colombia in 2009-2010, I had a digital camera, had a wifi thumb drive, blogged and used facebook. Now Skyping on tablets, wifi nearly everywhere, and drone filming. What’s next?

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