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.
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.
Another bathtub view. Too cold to use the pool in early April
The first sunset from their balcony.
Classic Santorini postcard shot
…complete with enormous purple sparkly hottub.
Megan’s cave room…
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
Jeremy contemplating the deep blue sea
The caldera of Santorini
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
Easter is coming
We were beckoned to this restaurant with local spreads, wines, and sweet jams
Santorini is all about amazing views
Walk along the cliffside at sunset
For Megan’s birthday, we took a tour to the volcano. First we headed down the cliffside in a cable car.
Waiting for the boat Jeremy met this guy with a priceless face
Julian explores around the volcano
At the volcano
Views from the volcano
To go back up the cliff these guys…
…set us up on donkeys
Jeremy having a Fix at the beach
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.
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.
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
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?