Soaring Santorini

by Melissa Brunner

Our final island stop was perhaps the most scenic. Santorini is the product of volcanic activity. In fact, some believe it to be the “Lost Continent of Atlantis,” a great Minoan civilization destroyed and sunk to the ocean floor by a great earthquake in 1450 B.C.


Today, its major city, Fira, dangles precariously at the edge of a cliff. You can choose several ways to get to the top – a cable car, a donkey ride or a path of 588 steps, each step covering three or four strides. It’s a walk guaranteed to get your heart pumping and legs burning. I know, because that’s how I decided to get to the top! It was a breathtaking view, only you didn’t want to breath too deeply because that’s the same path the donkeys take, if you know what I mean J


Everywhere you look in Santorini seems a scene from a postcard. The white-washed buildings stand out against the starkness of the cliffs. Many churches bear domes in a signature blue color, the same blue trimming many of the other buildings. We’re told that during German and Italian occupation in World War II, the people could not fly the Greek flag. Adorning their buildings in bright blue was their show of defiance. Today, it is a show of unique beauty.




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