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water taxi and tour buses
Santorini Greece, also known as Thera, is part of the Cyclades Islands named after Saint Irene, located in the southern Agean Sea. Santorini is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption that happened about 3600 years ago. This eruption left a large caldera that was surrounded by volcanic ash hundreds of feet deep. It is thought that the eruption may have indirectly led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization due to a gigantic tsunami. Some people believe that the caldera that fell to the sea could possibly have been Atlantis. Satellite photo of Santorini. (please click on the satellite photo, it is excellent)
Ok now that the background information has been laid, back to business (pure Karen and lots of photos)
The view behind the Winery
Our first stop today was at the Santo Wines Winery. Michael liked the wine at the Santo winery. I fell in love with the breath-taking view while he tasted the vino. We took lots of photos at the winery of the Aegean Sea, and everything else that we could see. It was pure loveliness!
on the left, you see the big ship? that is our cruise ship. the marshmallows on the tips of the rocks are homes, hotels shops and churches.
After the winery we drove around and learned the history of the island of Thera. It has a climate similar to the desert and fresh Water is scarce. There are cisterns on the roofs's each home and business and we saw a water truck making deliveries. From what I read, Thera does have a desalination plant, but the water is not potable.
*only flower of the day
In Santorini, they grow their wine grapes low and shape the plants into baskets with the grape clusters ripening in the center. This protects the vines and the grapes from the wind and heat and also importantly provides them with water from the dew collected on the leaves near the ground. I have no photos of them, as they were pointed out as we drove by.
There's an old abandoned pumice quarry on the island that stopped production in 1986 to protect thecaldera. The island is built on layers of volcanic ash that can be seen in the rock walls that rise 200 feet from the water.
another shot from the winery
The African and European tectonic plates caused the volcanic eruption that dropped the center of this Cyclade Island into the ocean. Archeologists have uncovered evidence of the island being inhabited by the Minoans before the last eruption.
Perhaps this really is part of the lost city of Atlantis.
It is definitely a place I recommend visiting, it is indeed the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I want to go back and spend a week or two there.
Homes in Santorini
The tour bus left us off in a parking lot on one side of the mountain and we were instructed to take the stairs to the top to see the best view. Also to peruse in the shops and perhaps contribute to Santorini's only source of income: Tourism.
We made our way up a narrow stairway, and I was shooting this and that and all of a sudden I saw a beautiful white floral wreath coming down the stairs towards me and I thought flowers and focused right on and turns out it was a funeral procession and I felt like paparazzi. Those feelings didn't stop me from snapping 2 more photos discreetly that didn't turn out.
funeral procession coming down as we were going up
When we got to the top both Michael and I were busy snapping photos in every direction. 360 degrees of beauty.
There are 186 photos of Thera in my Santorini set on Flickr. Please enjoy