Santorini

Santorini consists of a group of islands created by volcanoes in Greece. Fira and Oia are probably the two most well-known towns in these islands. Fira is more like a city, which has multiple roads and access to the port on its eastern-side by cable cars or a steep Z-shaped footpath. Oia, pronounced as “EE-ah”, on the other hand is smaller but more scenic.

This is a late post and having only remember this place being really warm and dry during summer — I will let the photos do the talking.

 

We arrived in the morning by the sea and was greeted by this magnificence view of buildings on cliffs

We arrived in the morning by the sea and was greeted by this magnificence view of buildings on cliffs

 

Morning shot of Fira on top, with its port at the bottom edge of the caledra. The Z-shaped footpath is very obvious here.

Morning shot of Fira on top, with its port at the bottom edge of the caldera. The Z-shaped footpath up the island is very obvious here.

 

This cat seems like a mascot, welcoming visitors at the Fira port with ...um a "friendly" face.

This cat seems like a mascot, welcoming visitors at the Fira port with …um a “friendly” face.

 

Cable car, going through a wall!?!? Looks like they realize the wall was in the way??!

Cable car going through a wall!?!? Looks like they realized the wall was in the way??!

 

Oia -- its the white walls, the blue skies and beautiful coast that give this place an iconic view

Oia — its the white walls, the blue skies and beautiful coast that give this place an iconic view

 

I always wondered how they keep the walls so clean. Now I know!

I always wondered how they keep the walls so clean. Now I know!

 

The other view from Oia

The other view from Oia — now you can see some unpainted walls!

 

Dining place but probably going to burn your skin (and probably your wallet too)

Dining place but probably going to burn your skin (and probably your wallet too)

 

Windmills on the other side of the island, enroute from Oia to Fira.

Windmills on the other side of the island, enroute from Oia to Fira. Shot from a moving bus!

 

The view from the cable car station up in Fira

The view from the cable car station up in Fira. That’s our ship!

 

That's the big pulley that kept us alive

That’s the big pulley that kept us alive

 

Celebrated with a mug of local Greek beer (Alfa) upon successful descend

Celebrated with a mug of local Greek beer (Alfa) upon successful descend

 

Composition of the rocky island

Composition of a rocky island nearby