Santorini Potpourri… The Amusing and the Picturesque

Peggy caught this photo of an old Santorini windmill that I found quite stunning. We found similar windmills won other Greek islands.

Peggy caught this photo of an old Santorini windmill that I found quite striking outlined against the horizon. The blue striped flag belongs to Greece.

Wrapping up my Wednesday photo essays on Santorini, I thought I would go for a potpourri of things that either amused Peggy and me, or that we found interesting and picturesque. Enjoy. Next Wednesday I will randomly pick another selection from my collection of 20,000 iPhotos. Who knows where we will land…

We found this dog admiring the Aegean Sea while perched on a rock. In our travels through the Mediterranean we often found cats and occasionally dogs that seemed owner free or at least wandered at will.

We found this dog admiring the Aegean Sea while perched on the end of a rock. In our travels through the Mediterranean we often found cats and occasionally dogs that seemed owner free or at least wandered at will.

He and I shared a common perspective on the value of an afternoon nap.

He and I shared a common perspective on the value of an afternoon nap.

For get modern excavation equipment when it comes to building on the sides of the volcano. How are you going to get a back hoe and dump trucks down a narrow star way?

Forget modern excavation equipment when it comes to building on the sides of the volcano. How are you going to get a backhoe and dump trucks down a narrow stairway? Dirt and rock dug out of the mountainside has to be bagged up and shipped out another way.

By mules.

By mules. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

You quickly lean red you had to get out of the way or get stepped on. There was no posing for photos by these heavily laden mules.

You quickly learned that  you had to get out of the way or get stepped on. There was no posing for photos by these heavily laden mules.

There were numerous small walkways to explore. During the height of tourist season these walkways would be packed with people.

There were numerous small walkways to explore. During the height of tourist season these walkways would be packed with people.

Several of the people who follow my blog like murals. This one is for you. I really liked the way its tentacles wrapped around the door.

Several of the people who follow my blog like murals. This one is for you. I really liked the way its tentacles wrapped around the door.

I am sure you've all had the experience of slow food. (grin) This restaurant apparently made an art out of it. And how could you complain. You had been warned.

We’ve  all had the experience of food that takes forever to be delivered. (grin) This restaurant apparently made an art out of it.

Peggy has wild, naturally curly head, that has a mind of its own. It seemed to me in this photo that it was attacking her head.

Peggy has wonderfully wild, naturally curly hair, that has a mind of its own. It seemed to me in this photo that it was attacking her head. I kept my distance.

This amusing sculpture was propped up against the wall. I don't think this guy was a fireman or that he had rescue on his mind.

This amusing sculpture was propped up against the wall. I don’t think this guy was a fireman or that he had rescue on his mind.

Normally I avoid tourist souvenirs, and I did this time. I did think these plates and vases did a good job of representing the color of Santorini.

Normally I avoid tourist souvenirs, and I did this time. These plates and vases did do a good job of capturing the colors of Santorini, however.

Green plant

Speaking of color, this green was vivid.

The flowers were also colorful, including this bougainvillea.

As was the pinkish red of these Bougainvillea.

Certainly one would expect to find mermaids lulling around on the rocks off of Santorini. The bougainvillea  made a nice frame.

Certainly one would expect to find mermaids lulling around on the rocks off of Santorini. The Bougainvillea provided a colorful  frame.

 

I really like painted doors.

I was impressed with this blue door.

Lots of blue doors.

And found lots more like it. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

And then we found a door to nowhere.

And then we found a green door to nowhere.

As we sailed away at sunset, we caught a final view of Santorini.

As we sailed away at sunset, we caught a final view of Santorini’s towns perched up on the high cliffs.

 

 

 

24 comments on “Santorini Potpourri… The Amusing and the Picturesque

  1. You’ve captured some stunning sights — octopus mural, blue doors, and, of course, Peggy! Love the colors in that first photo, too. What a gorgeous place! And thanks, too, for showing us how donkeys bear the burden of construction on the side of a volcano. Wow!

    • Thanks Carrie. It is truly a bucket list kind of place. Try to go during off season or at least on the edge. I’ve heard it can be packed by the time three or four cruise ships have disgorged their passengers. –Curt

  2. So many gems in that collection of 20,000. Your gear may have been ruined had you not figured out that the mules wanted nothing to do with you and your curiosity. You are just another paparazzi nuisance to them.

    • Absolutely right Bruce. They had one goal in mind, getting the weight off of their backs. I empathized. It was hard for me to imagine what would happen during the height of tourist season. Moses parting the Red Sea comes to mind. –Curt

  3. Slow Food is a movement we first met in Slovenia in 2009 (and it may have originated in Italy). We found the symbol on several restaurants in our travels there. They mean SLOW; every dish is cooked from scratch using, where possible, local ingredients and standards are very high. Delicious meals, but be prepared to spend time on them. Love the door to nowhere!

    • I figured it meant pretty much that, Hilary. One, that the food would be good because it was carefully prepared, and two, the careful preparation took time. It’s a good thing. 🙂 Fast food has become far too much of an obsession. –Curt

  4. The green in that photo of the plant is extraordinary. It looks like some sort of jade plant — maybe a succulent of some sort, anyway. Whatever, it’s great. And I love the door without a building. As for the man you deemed not a fireman? Maybe, maybe not. Remember this? 🙂

    • Thanks, Koji. But I suspect you don’t need lessons from me, judging from what I’ve seen of your work. And I will enjoy the break. I sat here this morning and thought, wow, I don’t have a blog to do. 🙂 –Curt

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