Monday, 29 August 2016

Greek islands - Santorini I,


One of the most unforgettable summers we've had was in Greece, which will always hold a special place in our hearts. Ferrying in from Athens after our stay in Thessalonica, we arrived @ Santorini close to midnight - in darkness. Come morning, we were greeted by azure blue skies, calm caldera waters and white-washed cubiform houses by the coast. As one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean sea, Santorini's rugged landscape was caused by a volcanic eruption which took place in the 16th century. And not forgetting the many small beaches and cliffs that adorn the coast, the shores of which are laid by beautiful red and black volcanic pebbles. Nothing like a game of Gin Rummy (a great couple card game that we were hooked on) by the beach, and a refreshing dip in the waters to shake off the summer heat! (though admittedly, it was rather cold for me at times; so cold beer it is)

To get around, we rented an ATV - pretty much the main transport we used in the Greece islands. Not sure if we were meant to take it on the highways, but we did and it was exhilarating! I was slightly afraid of the downslopes at first, and we ended up trading it for a car in one day.....but we immediately switched back to an ATV the day after. 

A cosy home-stay styled apartment which we stayed in, the owners were really friendly. 

Our ride

Missing the gusts of the cool evening air blowing into our faces as we drove along the coast in our salty sea-soaked beachwear. The smell of the crisp fresh air never felt more invigorating!

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