CJ and I had been talking about visiting Greece for about a year and when DP and I were home in Canada last summer, both CJ and I bought guide books to Greece. You know what that means… where there is a guide book, there is a trip. So we committed to Greece in the fall and decided to fly into Athens… but the question was where to from there? We would be visiting during the week before Easter or “Semana Santa” as the Spaniards call Holy Week. That meant that we would be arriving just before the tourist season began (very good news) and that it would definitely be too cool for swimming in the sea (slightly sad news for CJ). In our quest for the perfect Greek island, I posted our destination conundrum here at TMW and a few people shared ideas and made suggestions including Heather at Heather on her Travels.
We considered three destinations:
1. Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionina islands (where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed)
2. The small island of Lipsi in the Dodecanese islands (recommended by Rick Steves) and
3. Santorini (recommended by everyone on the planet)
CJ and I researched hotels (and caves in the case of Santorini) and emailed back and forth for a few months before settling on Santorini. It was a good choice. DP, as he so often does, went along with our brilliant plan. (Isn’t he lovely?)
3,600 years ago (you know, more or less) the island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions on the planet. The eruption left a large caldera (or lagoon filled with water) in the middle of the island. No matter where we sat, we looked out over the caldera and and out to the Aegean Sea. What a ridiculous abundance of riches!
Here’s the view from the balcony off of our bedroom…
This is the view of the main terrace at our hotel/cave…
We could see cruise ships from the patio of our favourite restaurant…