Saturday, 27 June 2009

Santorini

I finally arrove on the main core of my holiday. Welcome to Santorini, the island of dream.
Believe it or not this beautiful island is born out of what human consider as natural calamity.
(Below : a typical santorinian setting, a blue top ortodox church facing the caldera)
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Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe's tourist hotspots.
You just won't believe how many pubs and restaurant along this tiny road, there are literary hundreds!
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Dogs are common in this area.
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Nearby port at night.
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And don't get lost in Santorini, it is very difficult to find address of hotel, restaurant, or traverna as road are generally no-name or the house just left with no number.
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Santorini (Greek: Σαντορίνη, pronounced [ˌsa(n)do̞ˈrini]) is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland.
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(Above, the famous photographic point from Oia, a village in Santorini).
A giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 km by 7 km (8 mi by 4 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (984 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides. The island slopes downward from the cliffs to the surrounding Aegean Sea.
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Sunset is the best time to come out. Where the day is generally not as hot as day time, and the sky wearing its best colour.
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On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon merges with the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The water in the centre of the lagoon is nearly 400 m (1300 ft) deep, thus making it a safe harbour for all kinds of shipping.
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We'll take a closer look of this magical place on the days to come.

8 comments:

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I just love the white buildings and blue roofs, especially at sunset as you have shown. Breathtakingly gorgeous.

Grey Street Girl said...

Gorgeous shots! It looks like the perfect vacation!

Char said...

such a gorgeous place

Cath J said...

Looking at the night captured.. Now thinking of having DSLR too.. ;-p

Beautiful scenery!!

Liss said...

Wow Santorini is so beautiful.

Stardust said...

I've marked the landmark and hope that I get to travel Santorini in my lifetime... =)

You're a very blessed woman, J. For having to see the lovely sights around the world with your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Hi J.H, your photos are amazing. I love to give my future wife a surprise honeymoon. She loves everything with Greece. Please let me know which hotel you've stay with the balcony facing the blue dome othrodox church? I want to give him a big surprise.. Please... Hope to hear soon.... Henri Azali

J.H said...

Hi Anonymous,
That was Gaby's Apartment between Fira and Firostefani, the balcony of that apartment overlooking the ortodox church.
Here is the link.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g635607-d665678-Reviews-Gaby_Apartments-Firostefani_Santorini_Cyclades.html