Santorini: Mediterranean Jewel— Part 1… The Wednesday Photo Series

The charm of Santorini is based on its interesting architecture, the color of its buildings, the way homes and shops work their down the steep cliffs, and the sparking waters of the Aegean Sea.

 

 

There are a number of attractive islands in the Mediterranean and the Greek island of Santorini is a jewel among them— so much so that I found I couldn’t limit myself to one Wednesday’s worth of photos. And this is after I cut the number in half that I had picked out! Peggy and I were lucky to visit the island in November, after the crowds of tourists had left for the season. We wandered around to our hearts content. My only problem: It wasn’t long enough.

Scenery of Santorini

Built on a circular archipelago, Santorini perches on the remains of a volcanic caldera. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Santorini photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This photo provides a perspective on just how steep the cliffs are. Stairs are the only way to get up and down to the homes, businesses and chapels built into the cliffs and stacked on top of each other.

Photo of Santorini stairs by Curtis Mekemson.

The stairs can be quite beautiful and graceful as this photo attests to.

Mules in Santorini

An interesting aspect of the steepness and lack of roads is that mules have to be recruited to serve as dump trucks for construction work. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Photo of heavily laden mule on the Greek Island of Santorini by Curtis Mekemson.

These loads are heavy. I learned that it is important to get out of the way. The mules do not brake for tourists!

Photo of buildings on cliff in Santorini by Curtis Mekemson.

Another view of  buildings working their way down the cliff. Note the tan chapel in the upper left hand corner.

Arch and church in Santorini P

An arch provided a great way to frame the chapel, seen here under dramatic skies. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Chapel on Santorini photographed by Curtis Mekemson.

The sun came out to bathe the church in this photo I took. The colors of the buildings and the quality of Mediterranean light make Santorini a photographer’s dream.

White rocks and chapel on the Greek island of Santorini. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Another chapel that I found intriguing. The rocks in front added a surreal quality.

White Santorini chapel photographed by Curtis Mekemson.

From the back.

Buildings and bay, Santorini

Looking down on the Aegean Sea and the Caldera, Peggy caught an interesting view of the unique, rounded roof tops. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Photo of rounded buildings on Santorini overlooking Aegean Sea by Curtis Mekemson.

And I added my own interpretation.

Bell on chapel looking out toward Aegean Sea on Island of Santorini. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

I felt this steeple and bell made for a rather dramatic photo.

Color contrast in Santorini

I’ll conclude with this church that added a salmon colored bell tower. There will be more Santorini photos next Wednesday! (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

 

FRIDAY’S POST: Join me for another chapter in my book on MisAdventures as I discover that a Graveyard can make a wonderful place to play, as long as you avoid the ghosts.

MONDAY’S POST: Peggy and I head north along the Pacific Coast into Washington and visit Forks, the town where the vampires and werewolves roamed in the movie Twilight, which Peggy has made me watch 3142 times, or something like that.

WEDNESDAY’S POST: Santorini: Mediterranean Jewel— Part 2. Another post in my Wednesday photo series.

 

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57 comments on “Santorini: Mediterranean Jewel— Part 1… The Wednesday Photo Series

    • Thanks, Ray. It is hard for me to imagine several thousand people more on the island, but that’s the way it is day in and day out during tourist season. Traveling off-season is definitely the way to go! –Curt

  1. Yes photo series

    On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 7:11 AM Wandering through Time and Place wrote:

    > Curt Mekemson posted: ” There are a number of attractive islands in > the Mediterranean and the Greek island of Santorini is a jewel among them— > so much so that I found I couldn’t limit myself to one Wednesday’s worth of > photos. And this is after I cut the number” >

  2. Your photos are just wonderful and you have chosen such wonders.
    Your commentary is great too. Santorini is wonderful and yes the light there and on many Greek islands just make you want to stay.
    Miriam

  3. I have been to Santorini several times, it certainly is picturesque and your photos show it off wonderfully. As you might guess I have a photo album which is almost identical,.

    Sadly I thing Santorini has been spoilt, it has become too greedy for the cruise ships and several arrive every day and spew thousands of people into the narrow streets. Mykonos is the same in the summer there can be 6,000 visitors which doubles the summer population of the town. It doubles the prices as well and these popular islands have become expensive.

    Our rule now is not to visit Greek islands with airports or cruise ship docking facilities.

    In the Colossus of Rhodes, Henry Miller wrote prophetically: “I began to get the feel of it, what Greece was, what it had been, what it will always be even with the misfortune of being overrun by tourists.”

  4. I signed on when you were visiting Hawthorne, Nevada. Now you are dragging me out of my comfort zone to islands in strange places. I like it! Of course it is not the Uintah’s, my home mountain range but it is colorful, Yeah, I like it…

    • Glad to have you along, Bradley. Nothing shabby about the Unitah’s! I haven’t backpacked them but they look beautiful. I found nearby Dinosaur National monument special. The Hawthorne post has generated a lot of views. –Curt

    • I have nothing but respect for people that leave that comfort zone and go places. I have never felt the desire, when I came out of High School in 1970, they wanted me to visit exotic places and shoot at people I had nothing against.Soon I was 21 and married then a child and it just became so difficult to do anything but work. so now at 65, I fully intend to visit Scotland. There are published and working on it writers on this thing Curt,

  5. We LOVED Santorini and stayed just outside of Oia in a family run inn. Across the street was a Greek Tavern that saw us visit from time to time. Well maybe every day. Your pictures are fabulous and take me right back.

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