A tale or two : Santorini

Santorini

A lot of people who’ve been there, and many who have not, will recognise this shot.  It’s one of the worlds’s iconic images :  the majesty that is Santorini.

There can be few more exciting sights in the world than this island, approached from the sea, across the Caldera.

Through the caldera

She is a survivor, Santorini.  The striations in the rock colour testify to the volcanic activity that almost blew her out of the sea.  Edging towards her, you cannot but help be filled with awe.

Approaching Santorini

But then the awe gives way to mild terror as you dock and realise that all the way to the top is to be accomplished on the back of a donkey!  A humble beast of burden, it may well be, but never think that a donkey might not have a mind of its own.  And, naturally, that mind conflicts strongly with your own.  The memory of sitting helplessly on its back, gazing down at certain death, as it lowered its head over the low stone wall to graze the sparse grass- well, let’s just say it’s not one of my better ones.

A whack on the rump (it’s, not mine) had us lurching upwards again, and it was without a trace of sorrow that I parted company with the beast at the cliff top.  I’m sure I detected a smirk on its face, but then, you’d have to find pleasure somewhere if you toiled up and down these slopes all day.

Looking down from Santorini

Michael is not at all a fan of cable cars and dangling in the air, but even he agreed that it would be preferable to “descent by donkey”.  Me, I absolutely love them, and never more so than on that day.   In the meantime, there was exploring to be done.

More bells, Santorini

Bells, Santorini

You know that I don’t have much expertise in this, so I should tell you that these photos are all Michael’s and completely unedited.

65 comments

    1. Yes, it did feel a little scary at times, but how many places already live under a threat of some kind or other? And she’s some beauty! (apologies for my late reply- I’m newly back from the Algarve, and they know all about earthquakes there too. Happily not whilst I was there. 🙂 )

    1. It’s one of those larger than life places, Naomi. A bit like Venice in that respect I suppose, although obviously entirely different. Hope it’s not too spoilt by the cruise ships now, but you can’t destroy such magnificense. Many thanks 🙂

    1. Wonderful honeymoon choices, though if you’d seen my Athens post that started the series, maybe not that one! Santorini is a long distant memory for me, but still just as vivid. Many thanks for your visit. 🙂

  1. Lovely photos, Jo. The church bells are my favourite That donkey ride was also not my best, especially as the guide just left me to it, an when I got to the top, hubby and son, who had walked up, were too far ahead to hear my cries for help, so I had to dismount myself, all the while thinking the donkey was about turn around and head back down before I could work out how to get off. I wrenched my shoulder in the process, as I forgot to let go of the saddle before I reached the ground. 😦

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