Spectacular Santorini (Part One)

Santorini is a beautiful island in the Aegean Sea. It’s a caldera that is shaped into what it is today because of a volcanic eruption that happened in the 16th century. There are no words to describe the beauty of Santorini. Just imagine white washed buildings, not a cloud in the sky, friendly Greeks and the bluest of blue waters and it sounds like heaven doesn’t it?

Another perk of living in Vienna? Direct flights (during high season) into Greek islands that otherwise would have needed a stop in Athens. All it took was a two hour flight to get to paradise. Amazing! There was quite a hiccup on our flight there, but we got to spend the next few days in a beautiful place. It was so relaxing, our five days felt like double that.

We stayed in the capital of Fira. The iconic blue domes can be found in the town of Oia (pronounced e-ya). Hubs and I explored both extensively. There were buses you could take from one town to the other, which was quite convenient (and cheap!). We also spent a morning exploring one of the many beaches on the island.  Santorini is not really known for its beaches. If you’re looking for white sandy beaches, you’ll be disappointed. The beaches are pebbled with volcanic rocks and coarse sands.  Getting in and out of the water can be a challenge if you don’t have water shoes. Plus, the bottom drops off very quickly, but you can see the bottom up to 10 feet or so.  Hubs ended up wearing his flip-flops in the water to protect his feet from the rocks.

The sunsets every night were magical and left us in a silent awe. The food was amazing. The hospitality of the Greek people was a nice change from Vienna. All in all, it was a great vacation and hopefully we can return again in the future.

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