Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Kind

I am back after a long break! Back to baking and blogging. Back to Singapore and the start of TWO new Study Groups! Back in the midst of friends and festivals…

There is so much to share. A million thoughts racing through my mind. Two fascinating topics to research, and to present on. The festivals of Dusshera and Diwali to prepare for and celebrate!

But first–my fabulous Greek holiday!
We visited Athens, Patmos, Mykonos and Crete- all interesting and charming places, steeped in history. And Santorini, which we fell in love with!

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Santorini is a tiny island in the Aegean Sea. Part of a cluster of Islands called the Cyclades.

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The Cycladic Islands are famous for their distinctive architecture, with the white sugar-cubed houses, the narrow paved streets, the blue church domes and the colorful doors and window shutters. Blue and white are the dominant colours – decreed by a government diktat in 1937. And the Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas is the one to thank, for the charming houses in the Cyclades.

Santorini- named after Saint Irene by the Venetians- was known in ancient times as Thira. The enormous volcanic eruption of 1650 BCE changed the circular shape of the island and created the famous caldera. Picturesque villages cling to the rim of the caldera, with a centuries old stone path connecting the capital Fira to distant Oia. The 11 km trek has some of the most breathtaking views.

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20131017-004205.jpg Oia village.

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20131017-004826.jpg Hotel El Greco in Fira.

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20131017-005405.jpg The highest point on Santorini- the monastery of Prophet Elias.

20131017-005845.jpg Sunset on the southernmost tip.

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20131017-010247.jpg Nightfall in Fira.

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20131017-010507.jpg Casa Bianca, a boutique hotel in Imerovigli.

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20131017-011011.jpg Enchanting Santorini!

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful, everything is so white and clean!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Really enchanting Suzanne! I want to go live there forever!

  2. It’s years since I’ve been to Santorini and Crete. Both of which I loved, and had such a good time. However, it’s those views of Santorini that really stand out! Breathtaking.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Time to go on another holiday 😀

  3. N Ramanathan. says:

    Radhika, you must have had a wonderful and memorable experience visiting these tiny Greek Islands, especially Santorini and Crete.The Greeks ,by nature ,are very hospitable and full of warmth and sunshine, which you both must have thoroughly enjoyed.It is just superb!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you daddy and ma. The holiday was magical!
      R

  4. Fig & Quince says:

    Breathtaking post! Your Greek vacation looks every inch the most blissful thing ever. I’ve actually been to Santorini and it remains in my mind one of the most dazzling place I’ve been to. Also I’ve to say that I love the title of this post! I loved that film 😉

    1. radhika25 says:

      ……I have told you lately, that I love you……
      Azita, I don’t know how to add music notes/ images to my comments, but you can use your imagination and think of Jim Reeves’ velvety, gravelly voice singing those notes 🙂
      Thank you for making my day!

  5. Stunning! Your photos are like looking at still frames of a dream. It’s hard to imagine such a place really exists on earth… It’s almost too beautiful to believe. I can only hope that I can visit and see for myself one day.

    1. radhika25 says:

      It was really a dream come true holiday….all of it! I have loved Greek and Roman mythology all my life, and to visit Crete and Athens and Delfi, was wonderful. But Santorini was the pièce de résistance.
      You must go there someday!
      R

  6. Greece has always been one of my wanna-go travel destinations, and your description and photographs make me believe it should be sooner than later!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Book your tickets right away! I’ll come with you 😀

  7. Jacquee says:

    I have not yet been to Greece, but it is high on my travel list. Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously in the meantime. Looks like a small piece of paradise.

    1. radhika25 says:

      You said it! Head there for your second honeymoon- and don’t wait 27 years like we did!

  8. Superb photos! I’m glad you had an amazing time, and that looks like just the place to have it! 😀

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you! It was a lovely holiday.

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