Jun 4, 2013

Oia, Santorini


Santorini has been on my travel bucket list for years. Just shortly after D and I got married, I remember confessing to him how much I wished we'd had the money to honeymoon there. Jamaica was a wonderful spot for a honeymoon (and we had such an amazing time!), but Santorini just conveys a sense of romantic wonder that I'd never experienced before. I knew I had to get there someday. Someday when we weren't still in college living paycheck to paycheck. Almost 6 years later and planning for our first cruise,  Sanotrini was tippy top of our list of ports we HAD to sail to. Even though we only had 6 hours to explore all this stunning whitewashed Greek island had to offer, there was no denying...it was one of my favorite stops on our trip.

Santorini is essentially the most mythical spot of the Cycladic Islands. Believed to be the "real Atlantis" written about by Plato, the island itself was formed out of lava from a volcanic eruption in 17th century BC. The eruption left a large caldera (giant crater...partially submerged underwater) surrounded by volcanic ash hundreds of meters deep, thus forming the hills and valleys of Santorini island and numerous small surrounding islands. The landscape is nothing short of fascinating. All around the island you can see jagged cliffs with the layers of volcanic rock and bright red sand exposed as the caldera collapses off into the sea. Juxtaposed to these massive cliffs are the famous white and blue buildings, littered with colorful flower boxes, expansive patios with inviting lounge chairs, and stunning views of the imposing caldera below. This place is a true (aspiring) photographer's dream!

Oia (pronounced ee-ya) was our first stop exploring the island. Just a 20-minute city bus ride west from Fira (where our ship was docked), Oia boasts some of the most beautiful scenery and sunsets I've ever witnessed. Although it drizzled on and off while we were there, you hardly needed the sun to capture the etherealness of Oia. I was worried that all my photos would come out dull against the cloudy sky, but if the sun had been shining, I surely would have been blinded by the stark white architecture. Every inch of Oia was gorgeous. From one vantage point you could see blue roofed churches and house on top of house fading into the cliffside. From another view, you could see the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, & Aspronisi floating out in the caldera. Turn to the west and you'd see a proud windmill, standing tall and charming atop a hotel in the island's oldest settlement. Oia was absolutely a dream...and my most favorite town on the island of Santorini. I only wish we had more time to enjoy it! Stay turned for photos of our time exploring and dining in Fira, Santorini's alluring capital city.

{Miss any of my previous Santorini posts? You can find them here and here.}

24 comments:

  1. This looks incredible! I always fret when it's a cloudy day and we're supposed to take pictures but I think I like those pictures better. Especially since no one has to look all squinty or all the pictures you get of people have sunglasses on.

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  2. this is just simply awe inspiring casey! your photos turned out absolutely beautifully! who wouldn't want to honeymoon there! i'm glad that you finally got to make your way there : )

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  3. These pictures are amazing! I cannot get over how beautiful everything is. And your photography skills are perfection!

    Lidija

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  4. Santorini is at the top of my list! We just can't get any leave in the summer to go when it's nice and the ferries run! It's killing me a bit! We're trying to do Italy for Christmas since that's #2 on my list. These pictures are beautiful!

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  5. oh my! these are gorgeous photos! I am putting this on my list of places that I would want to go to too. This place looks familiar... like that town in Sisterhood of the traveling pants. haha Leave it to me to reference a movie.
    Enjoy your trip!

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  6. Stunning, STUNNING photos! Santorini is definitely on my bucket list of travel destinations to visit before I go. Looks like you had a lovely time, despite the drizzle of rain.

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  7. I would love to go to Santorini one day! It's not even that far away from Germany, but everytime I look up flights I just have to cringe at the price... but that's college life! :) I'm glad that you got to fulfill your dream!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I'm getting a terrible case of the green eyes from looking at your beautiful photos! I've been to Greece before, but never Santorini. I think I will start bugging the husband to add it to our holiday agenda!

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  9. Beautiful photos!
    Now I want to go!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  10. Holy Moly these are gorgeous photos! Im sure you've captured the beauty of Santorini perfectly! I even showed my husband the pictures because...lets face it...who doesn't have a serious case of Wanderlust after looking at your photos?

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

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  11. This is beautiful, so jealous! Love your blog, visiting from Prowess and Pearls' Blog Hop, now following :)

    xo, Ainslee

    abeautifulheartblog.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh what bloody awesome photos makes me wish I could go and visit there like Jade my eyes are turing green just looking at the photos

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  13. Wow! These photos are beautiful! I'm so jealous that you got to go to Greece.

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  14. Santorini is absolutely gorgeous and I love your photos of this beautiful island!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  15. gorgeous as always! I'm totally jealous it was rainy and (maybe slightly) cool while you were there. It was scorching in September..yuck! Remind me what lens you use? Since my wide-angle bit the dust and my nifty 50 is a bit too close sometimes, I'm thinking about getting another one.

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  16. How sisterhood of the traveling pants of you! Haha! Love it!

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  17. Wanderlust! Wanderlust exploding everywhere! These photos are absolutely gorgeous.

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  18. I have been following your Greece series and your photos are stunning!

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  19. Seriously gorgeous. I wanna be there right now!

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  20. Sooo Beautiful. I love these images. From one transplanted Southern Girl to another..

    Handmade at Warratahstree

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  21. that is incredible. I am so jealous! I want to be there right now. Cant' wait to see more photos.

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  22. Oh my!!! You are bringing back memories of my wedding in Santorini. That was such a special and unforgettable day of my life. I've never seen more romantic place then Santorini island. I want to say "thanks" to guys from http://7.agency/. They organized our wedding just perfectly.

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