I haven't traveled to as many places as I would like, however, of all the places I have been Santorini is my favorite. As the plane flew over the island and prepared for landing, I was instantly taken back. At this point, however,I wasn't able to fully grasp the true beauty of the island. We grabbed our luggage from baggage and headed straight to the taxi zone. Still, I wasn't prepared for it's true beauty.
We drove up the mountain to our hotel, it was beautiful. We were ready to drop off our luggage and explore the island and all of its hidden beauty. Though, at 7 am our room was hardly ready as the entire island was sleeping and no one was checking out. We chatted with the receiptionist and she urged us to leave our luggage with her and explore the caldera.
The Caldere is a cauldron-like volcanic depression that collapsed after a volcanic eruption during the Minoan civilization. Long story short, this eurpution created the island. When we first walked across the caldere, we were both stunned. We've never seen anything like it. The view of the Aegean Sea, a view of other islands, and a view of the the entire coast of Santorini. We walked to the top untill we could go no further and with each step the view was simply amazing.
Our first meal was grilled whole sea bass. We wanted snapper but the restaurant was all out–bummer! For dinner we kept it simple with chicken and lamb Kaboobs.
The next day we took an ATV and found the city Karami. It is located at the lowest level and home of the beautiful black sand beach. Much to the surprises of my ignorance, the black sand beach was actually blacks rocks. Walking on the beach was hot and very painful ! Even still, the beach and all its views was absolutely beautiful.
Our final day was a catch all. We went back to Karami and this time tip toed into the cold Aegean Sea. We then went on an adventure to try and find Oia. We followed all of the directions but unfortunately we couldn't find it and decided to go back to Thira and continue our adventure there.
One of the more surprising things about Santorini to me was the pizza. The pizza was better than Italy and better than New York!
Last but certainly not least, the sunset in Thira was everything everyone said it would be plus so much more. For many reasons this is my favorite city and I'm excited to go back.