After we had made our way from Olympia, our next destination on our cruise was to the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini. Last Fall, we had visited Mykonos, so we knew the beauty to expect, but Santorini exceeded all our expecations…
We arrived to the island just before sunrise….and you can just make out the white-washed buildings on top of the mountains.
Once we arrived, we took “tender boats” to the dock and boarded our tour bus, which took us up the mountain to the small villages. Santorini today was formed by a volcanic eruption 3600 years ago. You can imagine the lava flowing over the land, as the rolling (now green) hills show.
Once we reached the village, the buildings are all white-washed stone buildings with blue accents, typical of the Greek Islands. Most building at the top of the hill in the village are shops. But, as you walk behind the shops and down the hill, the beauty of this islands comes into full sight!!
In the center of the bay is still the active volcano….and this bay is the 2nd largest volcanic area behind one near Australia. And, behind the shops, and walking down, are the small homes and churches of the people who live here today. Basically, it is like stepping into the middle of a post card!!