|Quite a bit like this, but more Greek. Same twinkly eyes though.|
|this map got us where we needed to go|
And so off we went, and we got here with no problem at all. From the air, the island of Santorini looks like a giant backwards C -- because the middle of it blew up in one of the biggest volcanic explosions in history. The explosion is believed to be responsible for wiping out the Minoan civilization on Crete. The ocean poured into the empty space, so it's referred to as the caldera.
We are in the upper half of the island on the caldera side -- Imerovigli. It's just stunning, in every way.
After we dropped our bags off in our room, we stepped off our little patio onto this small sidewalk-type of road that appears to go around the whole curve of the island. To Oia, at the top tip? Looks like it, but we didn't walk quite that far.
|our own little patio|
|around the caldera to our left, away from Oia|
|Santorini is the island with white buildings and|
churches with blue domes
|yeah. I could live here. No problem at all.|
|Or here, I'm not picky.|
|a little hotel next to ours|
|This tree is our landmark so we know we're at our place|
|our view, amazing|
|pausing along our walk, just to take in the view|
|that's the curve to the right of our hotel -- Oia is out on that far tip|
We ate dinner in Imerovigli at a little taverna; the ones that overlook the caldera charge a LOT for dinner, because of the view. Since we have the view all the time, we aren't seeking out those restaurants for dinner. We got Greek salads and calamari, and I got a Mythos beer. Very nice food, fresh, yummy.
|my dinner -- I didn't get a shot of Marc's calamari, too bad.|
We finished in time to catch the sunset before we turned in:
|standing on my patio, this is my view. I KNOW YOU GUYS.|
So lucky, so grateful. This morning, after a quick breakfast of pastry and Greek coffee, we headed south along the caldera coast to see the prehistoric city of Akrotiri, a Middle Bronze Age city. People lived in the area from the Neolithic Age (5th millennium BC) but the ruins we visited were from ~1650 BC. The area kept being changed and destroyed by volcanic activity. The site has been excavated beginning in 1967, and it's pretty cool; a building was built over the dig so visitors can see it no matter the weather. It's remarkable:
|these smaller structures were probably for storage|
|here are the walls of a home. FROM THE MIDDLE BRONZE AGE.|
|A buncha jars. Amphora.|
|And beautifully decorated.|
|I love this stuff. Shoulda been an archaeologist or a paleontologist.|
|Here's a reconstruction of the site as a whole.|
|tub. we think.|
After we finished the site we wandered back into the little town of Akrotiri to walk around and to grab some lunch. What a beautiful little village.
|yet another church -- cross painted on the mountainside this time|
|this is the black sand beach. There's also a red sand and a white sand beach.|
|beautiful church in Akrotiri|
|We walked up this little alley away from town to see where and how|
people live. It's like this. Beautiful, quiet, scenic.
|old and new mixed together|
|yep. could live here, no problem.|
|back down the hill to lunch!|
|can't get enough of the wonderful mild feta. Greek salad + me = love.|
|the little taverna where we had lunch|