My husband John & I, just got back from Greece. We visited the islands of Mykonos & Santorini, as sort of a second honeymoon. It was our 25th wedding anniversary this May, so we decided to take a trip to a place we’ve been wanting to go for years…Greece. Everything I’ve read & so many people I know who’ve been to Santorini, said it’s extremely beautiful! I was excited to go & my expections were high.
We had been to Mykonos first, so we had to take a ferry to Santorini. The hotel had made arrangements for us to be picked up & taken there. As we were driving along these winding roads, I kept waiting to be wowed by Santorini’s beauty. Mile after mile…nothing. Even when we pulled into the driveway of our hotel, I was disappointed.
We stayed at a fabulous hotel called Perivolas, where the rooms are caves built into the mountain. When we arrived at our room, I stood on our patio & was taken by the view of the caldera. The caldera is rock formations caused by volcano eruptions. The water of the Aegean Sea was still & not to mention unbelievably blue. The boats on the water seemed to glide across it in slow motion. There was a calm & stillness to the entire place, which made me relax instantly.
Although, the caldera was beautiful, It still didn’t wow me. That night, John & I sat on our patio drinking champaign watching the sun set over the caldera before dinner. As we were sitting there, I began to see some of Santorini’s beauty. It has the most fantastic sunset I’ve ever seen. The colors were intense & the sun seemed to sink into the water. I was beginning to be wowed.
We ate dinner that night in the hotel restaurant. They sat us outside with a view of all the white biuldings in the town of Oia. It was dusk, so the sun still had a little more light to give. We sat down studying our menus, when I noticed that there was a pink glow. I looked up to see that the entire sky was differnt shades of pink. The white buildings reflected all the colors the sky had to offer. It was amazing. I saw a little bit more of Santorini’s beauty. I went to bed that night with a different feeling about the island.
John & I, are early risers. So the next morning as we sat outside drinking our coffee looking at the view, the sun had just come up. As the sun rose higher, again the sky & the water took on different colors. Santorini is a kaleidoscope, that changes colors as the day progresses. As I sat there, I realized that Santorini’s beauty was more than white building & the caldera, it was the light. The light & colors created by the sun & moon. At that moment I was no longer disappointed in Santorini. I can now say that Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen.
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