Initial images of Santorini

17 Dec

This post is part of our adventures in Greece in the fall of 2013.  To see other posts in the series, please click here.

Leaving Crete was bittersweet – we had had a wonderful time in both Chania and Heraklion and could have stayed there the rest of our vacation very happily.

Li prior to boarding the ferry - he's not a fan of boats, but everything worked fine

Li prior to boarding the ferry – he’s not a fan of boats, but everything worked fine

Boarding the ferry though, the anticipation continued to build as the siren call of Santorini became louder and louder.  The sky was blue and we sat in luxury on the second level of the ferry.

Casting off under the Greek flag

Casting off under the Greek flag

On the way!

On the way!

Disembarking we found the driver from the hotel and along with another couple headed up the steep cliffs to our hotel.

Right outside the door of our room

Right outside the door of our room

Li had selected the hotel because it was on the highest point of the island and so the car twisted and turned going higher and higher until we arrived.  After settling in to the room – built into a cave in the cliffs – we decided to walk along the old path to a restaurant recommended by the hotel.

Our room - snug inside the cave

Our room – snug inside the cave

The initial view from our hotel

The initial view from our hotel

Each curve presented another picturesque view.  We even saw people taking pictures on the top of a building in front of the caldera.  Upon closer inspection – it was a bride and groom.

The caldera

The caldera

The caldera - zoomed in on the bride and groom

The caldera – zoomed in on the bride and groom

Looking back towards the hotel

Looking back towards the hotel

Lunch was delicious – and as we finished up – the bride and groom came and took a shot just in front of us.   I decided that was a good omen, given that we were considering the trip our belated honeymoon.

The bride and groom came to us - though others were photographing them too

The bride and groom came to us – though others were photographing them too

The white roofed houses and the blue sea and sky

The white roofed houses and the blue sea and sky

How can you not smile with such a beautiful view

How can you not smile with such a beautiful view

We headed back to the hotel, took a swim in the pool and then I posed for a few more pictures before the sun slipped over the edge.

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Santorini was living up to the hype – and we had three days left!

Have you visited somewhere that surpassed your already very high expectations?

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11 Responses to “Initial images of Santorini”

  1. darrell December 17, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Nice! For years, I’ve wanted to go there! lt’s still on my Bucket short List …

    • gkm2011 December 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      End of September/ early October was perfect – great weather, but not huge crowds. Go!

  2. Every Day Adventures in Asia December 17, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    You should see the giant smile on my face – how can you not smile indeed! 😉 These photo’s have captured such a beautiful spot!

    Can’t say that I’ve been somewhere that surpassed already high expectations… some amazing places and spots that are utterly enchanting but clearly not like this!

    • gkm2011 December 18, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      I smile looking back at the pictures. It is hard to believe that just a few months ago we were there. Truly memories to cherish!

  3. thirdeyemom December 18, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Lovely pictures! Reminds me of our honeymoon there. We stayed at the Astra hotel. It almost looks like you did too based on your photos.

    • gkm2011 December 18, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      Perhaps close by – ours was the Afroessa… So many intimate hotels – truly a slice of paradise!

      • thirdeyemom December 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

        Yes we were directly behind the Caldera. Such a wonderful place!

  4. simpletravelourway December 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    We are so inspired! We remember reading your posts about Chania and Heraklion and it must have been on our minds when we decided to add Crete to our round the world itinerary. Just looking at your photos again of your visit to Greece makes us very happy about that choice.

    • gkm2011 December 19, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      I am honored I may have played a small part in deciding your itinerary. It was a beautiful place. Can’t wait to follow your travels there to compare.

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