Six months ago, our educational traveling group went to Athens and island hopped in the Aegean Sea. I’m sure I took over a hundred photos, but only shared a few. If you missed the original posts, I linked them at the end. I enjoy looking at summer shots during the winter and vice versa. They always stir a memory. Here are 5 + 10 shots you haven’t seen.
Which ones resonate with you?
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Okay, last photo post about Greece and the islands. Thank you for allowing me to share them with you. It’s a magical place and none more so than the island of Santorini. Someone on the trip said that in 2014, Santorini was voted “The prettiest place on Earth”. I’ll let you decide. Here are some of the pictures taken on this volcanic island in the southern part of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea.
The largest church of Santorini is the Orthodox Cathedral. It was founded in 19th century and in close distance is the Catholic Cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. During the Byzantine times was built the famous church of Panagia Episkopi that has survived many invasions and is well-preserved up to this day. The Dominican Convent is inhabited by 12 nuns. We found a chapel where mass was about to begin. They are behind the curtain behind the altar. We sat and listened to them sing.
Time to head back to the ship.
Which shot do you like best?
One last picture of a meal. My favorite. The authentic Gyro!
Just back from our recent group trip to Athens and the Aegean Sea, and daily we looked for that special place to sit and relax and sample the local cuisine. Where would you like to eat?
How about walking around the Plaka district in Athens to find your perfect spot? The side streets function as outdoor sitting areas. Climb up the steps and enjoy a meal on the roof top restaurants.
Here’s one we chose, hoping it would be fine since we didn’t want to descend all the steps and look for something else.
It was just fine. We enjoyed the breeze and the view of the city.
Grecians have a great lifestyle. From noon to five, people stay indoors. The city comes to life at night and shops stay open until 11p.m. The object is to meander around or sit and talk while the sun sets, setting facades aglow. The temperatures throughout the trip were warm and dry. We frequently ate dinner after 8:30p.m.
Maybe you would prefer to eat at the shoreline of Mykonos?
We spent an hour just eating the appetizer. I love fresh bread dipped in Tzatziki. The wine was delicious.
Sit at the cafe and watch the sunset.
Sometimes the wild waves and wind of Mykonos are too loud for normal conversation. At the island of Patmos, it was nice to have a quiet meal at the pebbled shoreline.
Fried smelt is an acquired taste. If you like majestic views, the popular island of Santorini is the spot for you.
Santorini boasts it’s the prettiest island of the 220 Cyclades islands.
Once you take the tram up to the island top, finding a relaxing cafe for a snack is easy.
I loved the smoked salmon. Santorini has a brewery, and we sampled.
Have a sit and look out over the city of Santorini.
One day, I’m going back and staying at one of the other lesser known islands. A month in the summer would do. Dream on!
What setting would you pick for taking a break and having a meal?