Santorini is a Greek Island in the
Southern Aegean Sea, a remnant of a
Volcanic Caldera, the island is
renowned for its magnificent sunset, its
blue capped churches and chapels and
its rugged coastline. The island is the
site of one of the largest volcanic
eruptions in recorded history—
thankfully, it’s now quiescent.
W i n t h r o p s o n T o u r
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Santorini is the only Greek
Island that we’ve been to
TWICE! It’s a beautiful
sparkling blue jewel steeped
in Greek tradition, where
the sun’s rays shimmer on a
clear blue ocean. Set
against a dramatic Volcanic
scenic backdrop, the island
is wild, pretty and, as yet,
The pool was deserted every day.
Rest & Relaxation for a
change! Swimming, reading,
exploring, sunbathing, eating
good food and a general chill
Santorini is quiet, friendly
and warmly welcomes a
variety of nationalities—
with no McDonalds!
Margarena Studios has a dramatic
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Waiting for and watching the sun go down over the island—it
was hot, thirsty work, you know!
Sunsets over the Caldera are said to be the
most beautiful in the world...
We zipped around the island on a
Quad Bike—I spent most of the time
languishing on the back! We drove
the length and breadth of the island
and managed to get into all of its
little nooks and crannies and
everywhere we went, the sunset was
never far away. Luckily lots of the
viewing points were furnished with
small, intimate Tavernas….
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Fira is the main town, its
whitewashed stone houses
and churches clinging to
the side of the Volcanic
island. Home to the cruise
ships, it’s full of ample
Americans puffing their
way through the myriad
of tiny, narrow streets.
Fira boasts dramatic views of the
ocean and the Caldera—but the
Cruise ships bump the prices up!
Apparently, Brad & Angelina have a
house in Oia—and why wouldn’t
you? It’s breathtaking—every
artist’s dream which has a writer’s
soul, I’m sure… Very inspiring...
Oia is where everyone goes to view the sunset—but we found some
better viewing points, away from the swarms of tourists.
Cliffs & flora
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The contrasting landscape
around the island was
windswept beaches with
black Volcanic sand, to
crumbling limestone cliffs
worthy of any sculpture all
decorated with pretty flora
and fauna—and some mean
looking cactus plants!
These cliffs reminded us of Gaudi in
Barcelona… Can you see the faces?
No stone un-
turned—we gave the
Quad Bike a run for
its money. Well,
what’s the use in
The intrepid explorer with his map...
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The Greek food was amazing—we
feasted on huge, Greek salads, fish,
baked cheese (Saganaki), slow
roasted lamb, olives, locally grown
figs, Stifado, KleftiKo, Kalamari,
whole squid - all washed down with
lashings of Greek Rose and the
occasional Mythos beer.
How many times have I told you not to drink from the carafe?
We didn’t want to go...but, before we did, we managed to
squeeze in some skinny dipping! Well, what did you expect?
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Cliffs & flora