Santorini, Greece

So, we’ve been on two cruises now and Santorini had been on my bucket list ever since I can remember. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it on the itinerary of this particular cruise line (Royal Caribbean) and I thought, ‘This is it. I’ve waited long enough’.

Santorini (classically Thera and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece‘s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

My much awaited day had at long last arrived and I was so excited! However, I had not anticipated there being so many other ships visiting the island on the same day – silly me! So, careful not to lose our tour guide we followed like sheep and arrived at the north end of the island.

Taking photographs to avoid hundreds of people in the foreground became a challenge, so the best place to point the camera was up high when we were at the bottom and lower down when we were at the top 🙂

We certainly caught the atmosphere at the northern end of the island when we stopped for lunch and sipped a cool Ouzo as we watched another ship arrive. Santorini is a photographer’s paradise and I guess if you go in the shoulder season, you might have more room to not only explore this amazing island but also to point your camera in any direction you chose!


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My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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4 Responses to Santorini, Greece

  1. i would love to visit santorini someday. would you recommend it for a honeymoon destination?


    • It depends what you’re looking for. It’s certainly picturesque! We were only there for a day as part of our cruise so I really wouldn’t like to make a call on that. It’s a very small island so I guess too it would depend on how long you were thinking of staying for. I don’t know if I’ve helped you or not, but maybe given you food for thought 😙


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