Trip Start Sep 13, 2005
47Trip End Oct 15, 2006
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My first afternoon there I just enjoyed the beach. The water though cold for the natives, was warmer than any New England beach at the height of summer. After a it of time in the Aegean Sea, I sat on the black sand drying off and writing. I was joined by one of the many stray dogs that are all over Greece. I was happy to have the company as we both just sat in the sun in a state of bliss.
Santorini, known as Thira to the Greeks, looks like the Grand Canyon if it were half full. There are sheer cliffs where the different strata of the ages can be seen. Driving up and down these cliff faces and watchng the natives navigating the narrow streets not meant for cars can be a bit harrowing but the views are breathtaking. My second day on the island included the business of tourism. I took a boat to an active smoldering volcano, stopped by some hot springs, walked up a cliff face and watched the Sunset in Oia (very nice indeed, but the sunrise in Perissa is even more impressive). I think Santornini is a place to be enjoyed, not experienced. My guess is a visit during the high season would be quite an experience, like Martha's Vineyard on a weekend in July, nice but a bit chaotic. At the end of the season without the crwods, I could enjoy the natural wonders of this splendid Island. I could hear the waves without mom's yelling at their kids and I could watch a sunset without tourists snappng pictures all around me. It really is a magical mystical place.