Santorini, Greece Aug 2006.
The typical shot that represents Santorini is of one of the many blue domed chapels. While I took my share of those shots, I think that there is much more to Santorini than just one of the many blue domed chapels.
To date, Santorini is the most beautiful place I’ve been to on Earth and thus far, I’ve been to over 20 countries. While not a huge number, it nevertheless emphasises how extraordinary the place is to me.
I didn’t plan this shot – it was more of a spontaneous moment of inspiration – just before I was about to dive into the delicious local-style ice coffee. I took this photo at the relatively budget hotel wgere I stayed. The body of water in the shot is the Caldera, which are the remains of the volcanic crater that created this part of the Greek Islands. It represents the contrast between the violence of a volcanic eruption – one of the magnitude that was capable of creating habitable islands – and the resulting calm and beauty, albeit over several thousands of years.
On the other hand, it shows that not everything is as it appears to the eye. That seemingly calm and vast expanse of clear, blue water was once flowing with molten lava spewing out of the earth.
Having said all of that, besides being visually stunning, Santorini was also a Mediterranean paradise. I didn’t have much of an idea of what the Mediterranean islands would be like, but if Santorini is any benchmark, it’s the perfect place to start or go to if it’s the only place.
The hotel was small (about 15 rooms) and run by a local Greek (well, he spent half the year in Athens and the other half running the hotel) who was immensely friendly and really made me feel a part of the family. The ice coffee was simply delightful and was the perfect start to each morning, followed by a day of sun, warmth, clean and clear water and serenity.