I have gazed upon photos of Santorini while growing up, on calendars mostly. We found that the island is more breath taking in real life. Although it’s too hot even for a tropical climate dweller like myself. The sea breeze helps a lot and being surrounded by water and beautiful scenery, beautiful people as well, I really don’t mind hanging out here.

Santorini, classically known as Thera and officially named Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea

Driving around the island is glorious. Traffic is almost non-existent. You may need to occasionally give way to mopeds and quads with swimwear clad riders, or rented compact cars (carrying bouncing kids) that aside from a few public buses is the only way to get around the island. It seems everyone just wants to have a great time, either at the beach, the resorts or the restaurants that serves tasty Souvlaki.

Santorini gives an impression of a small quiet town even on days when a cruise ship anchors in the bay and the population swells. The locals are friendly and accommodating. The July temperatures can hit the low to mid 40’s, but you can always count on the Aegean sea to be there and cool you down.

Fira Scenic Route
Fira | (Photo Credit: Wife)
Fira Market Place
Market Place | Fira (Photo Credit: Wife)
Oia a small town and former community in the South Aegean
The Ancient Greek Oia was one of the two harbours of ancient Thera
Parking under the sun
Parking under the sun | Red Beach
Red Beach
Iron-rich sedimentary rocks | Red Beach
Oia Windmill
Windmill | Oia
The famous sunset at Oia
Goodnight sun, see you tomorrow | Oia