Check Santorini off the List (at least Oia)

22 10 2015

It hasn’t escaped me that I haven’t showcased the iconic Santorini photos in my previous posts.  I said that I had only scheduled one of our days in Santorini, but that doesn’t mean that all of the other days weren’t packed full with wandering the streets of Oia scouting out photo locations.

Yes, we were those people.  The ones that did a trial run to the top of the remains of Oia Castle to figure out the best place to set up the tripod so we didn’t have to guess at sunset when the hoards of people would make a run for the wall, the ledge, any available seating surface and bake in the setting sun, taking selfies and drinking and finally applauding the sun for a gorgeous setting.

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These people. We didn’t want to battle with these people.

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Perfect viewpoint to capture the Oia cliffside

In fact, we didn’t elbow our way through the crowds at all, instead we enjoyed the sunset from the comfort of our own Oia cliffside hotel, before we made the trip to the castle to catch that magic hour after the sunset.

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We spent our days peeking down alleyways to discover the secrets hidden in the back.

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Yes! We found cats. Lots of cats!

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We trekked our way back down to Ammoudi Bay and this time in the heat of the day.

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One of many many asian couples that take their pre-wedding photos in Santorini. I felt for those women hiking up their wedding dresses in the hot sun

And we trekked our way back up….for thank goodness our last time.

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And we found those 3 blue domed churches.  Yes….those blue domed churches.

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And of course we ate, and managed to fit in a few more (2…4…maybe 6) visits to Lolita’s for gelato.

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Grilled (squeaky) halloumi cheese with fig reduction

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Local specialty: white eggplant

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The tastiest and freshest greek salad with locally grown veggies

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Pomegranate and Chocolate Sorbet (eaten but not shown: stracciatella, pistachio, kiwi, cuban lover, peach, strawberry, coconut, melon…)

After a couple of days of meandering through alleys snapping hundreds (possibly thousands…) of photos, trekking up and down steps, eating our way through the village, beating a path back and forth to Lolita’s for more gelato, and cooling off at the pool, we were finally ready to say goodbye to Santorini when we captured our iconic Santorini Sunset photo. 

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2 responses

22 10 2015
Alice

When are you going to be a travel guide? Your pictures are stunning!

25 10 2015
Cathy

Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing your travels.

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