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Monday, May 3, 2010

RT/WW - Sensational Santorini

Santorini Island is one of my best vacation moments in Europe and it's probably one of the most beautiful islands I have ever been to. The island was formed out of the lava from the volcanic eruption which occurred thousands of years ago. It's a 45 minute flight from Athens and it's a great destination, especially for honeymooners and couples. Before this, I had no idea what Santorini would be like except the white -washed houses and blue domes perched in sheer cliff sides where I always see on the net.

We visited Oia (pronounced 'eee ya') which was the most photographed village in Santorini. The moment we arrived there, we were greeted by the stunning landscape and the air was extremely refreshing and cool. Life is pretty quiet that we can even hear the gentle breeze blowing around us. Nevertheless, I absolutely love the colourful architecture, the attention to detail and the unique natural beauty. The environment is completely different from anything that we see in other parts of Europe. The locals are friendly, but not all of them speak English and the Greek signs abound everywhere. It's a small island though which makes it easy to get around.

The only thing to be concerned about is that you need to walk up and down the winding, narrow stairs to get anywhere but it was rewarding though as you get to view spectacular sunset and breathtaking scenery. For older couples, I’d recommend not going if you have difficulty navigating the stairs. It’s not a place to take the kids too, as there’s not much entertainment unless you have a kid who truly loves history.

Here are some of my favourite shots for your viewing pleasure. And if you’ve ever seen photos like these, chances you are looking at pictures taken at Santorini.

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First Commenter - Mei Teng

33 comments:

  1. A really beautiful sight to behold!

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  2. This is an island. :D Ouh...formed from Volcanic Eruption? So they have an airport there?

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  3. This place is really special. The building are really awesome. They surely know how to build this wonder huh!

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  4. I have seen this in travel and living channel. I think it is listed in the top ten list of the best vacation place. I am so jealous that you can go there....

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  5. Wonderful destination & pics!

    Happy Ruby Tuesday!

    Mine's HERE!

    LOLA:)

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  6. There is a romantic quality to such a place, built along the rugged hills but overlooking the beautiful sea. Plenty of red, we just have to look around a bit: the red rocks and red doors jump at me. What a grand place!

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  7. I love all that white and blue! And of course the RED. ;-)

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  8. Wow! Impressive images, all are postcard perfect!!!

    -Happy RT! -Gizelle, Vienna

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  9. My kind of getaway...what an awesome place!

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  10. At first I thought the place is in Italy because Santorini sounds Italian to me.

    I love your photo of the sunset (or sunrise?). It's amazing! And all the photos are very lovely. You're lucky to have visited this place.

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  11. wow its really a great honeymoon destination! ;)

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  12. alamak..need to walk up and down the narrow stairs eh =-X =-X

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  13. What a lovely place to visit! I love all your pictures.Wonderfully captured.

    Happy Ruby Tuesday!

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  14. what a bautiful place, worth the effort Ramblings!

    they also have cutie souvenirs

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  15. these are great great photos! i love all of them.

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  16. I don't think I've seen Santorini pics before... and they are just amazing! Are those houses?? They are so quaint looking and inviting!

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  17. I'm glad u got to visit this sensational island too and snapped all these great pics for us, thanks sweetie! :)

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  18. wow, lovely photos of a lovely place :)

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  19. Oh wow, it looks amazing, great shots :)

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  20. The beauty of the place is simply breath-taking.You are really lucky that you get to visit these places.Have never heard about these islands in the past but after going through your pi9cture i feel i have seen movies that has some scenes shot over here.

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  21. Oh my this place is awesome! And I don't mind walking up and down the stairs as long as I can see the beauty around me everyday. ^_^

    RRT~Teacup

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  22. Wow, oh wow....could I ever enjoy that scene daily!!!

    My Ruby Tuesday is posted...plus a joke [PG-13] today. Do come by for a visit, won't you?!!

    HERE

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  23. The photos are excellent and the views awesome. What a wonderful holiday you have had.

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  24. Lovely pictures- bringing back some very happy memories from my visit there in 1982! We arrived by boat from Athens (don't think there was an airport then). They had donkeys to bring us up the steps, but I chickened out and walked up all 800 (roughly) steps.!

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  25. Mariuca,

    thanks for appreciating my photos. yeah, it's a beautiful island with quaint, white-washed houses tumbling down the cliff-side in terraces. :):)

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  26. Your pictures are beautiful ! I only stopped for a few hours there when we did a cruise through the mediterian sea.

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  27. Those photos are so pretty and the architecture is amazing. I always go on a mini vacation when I visit you. :)

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  28. Excellent shots, nice place, You are so lucky to visit such nice places. The landscape of the place is amazing.The island is very beautiful, full of natural beauties.
    Thanks for sharing

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