Santorini – The Greek Fantasy! (Final Day)

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When I saw a beam of sunlight on the door handle on my fourth morning in Santorini, I quickly grabbed the camera and captured it before it was too late. It was not only beautiful to look at but it also brought a pang of sadness as we would leave early enough the next day, to encounter more such small, fortuitous happenings that kept us intoxicated in love, with no less Utopian village in Santorini.

 

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First rays of sunlight on our door handle

 

It was our final day and as goes the universal unsaid rule, we wanted to make the most of it. We planned to revisit all our favourite places one more time. Put a final seal on them and keep it for good in our memory.

The morning was spent in our suite-veranda with a  lazy leisurely breakfast. Well, that is what I really loved about being in Santorini that you can afford to laze out as much as you can and still you get to take away some of the best sights and memories with you. Unlike some vacations that start to feel like a boot camp, starting with being up and about earlier than usual and crashing with tired feet into bed past your bed time. This is nothing like it, it is a dive into depths of relaxation.

 

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View of caldera and Imerovigli from our veranda

 

 

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All set!

 

We had spent four days in Santorini and I believe it’s a good enough length of time here. Any more makes it boring and any less could diminish  your chances of the spectacle of a perfect sunset. It is basically a place to unwind and mostly seen are couples, getting married, just married or celebrating their marriage. And however has chosen to do any or all of these things here, couldn’t have been wiser in making a choice.

I don’t have a first hand experience to say that but I do not think it is a very kids friendly holiday place. The reasons being the terrain isn’t very friendly for strollers, the sunset view points get bit too crowded and it would be a hard choice between watching a child versus a breathtaking sunset. Also the sun really gets you during the afternoons and kids are the first and worst affected with it. But this does not mean that I did not see any kids there. I was just wondering if they really did enjoy the place.

 

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As we walked our way into the heart of Oia…

 

Greece is also a place for some serious jewellery shopping. Greek designs and patterns are known and copied world over, but if you are here why not take some of the originals home. The price range is as varied as the range of designs and patterns they offer. And they are open till midnight. What more can you ask? It makes a perfect present to take back. Utilising hot noons for shopping could be a good idea. And when you get too bogged down haggling for prices and the sun….

 

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…go grab a large glass of iced tea!

 

I know the way to this restaurant by heart but it’s name fails me now but it was our favourite eat out in Santorini. The combination of food, view, people and how we felt there, made it fantastic. If you’re looking for good vegetarian food, this is the place.

 

 

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He loves it too! :)

 

 

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And me? I’m totally crazy about this place!!

 

 

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View from the same restaurant

 

We spent quite a good part of afternoon in that place, people came after us and left before us, we lingered on. We left the place after having lunch, when it was late afternoon and headed straight to our cave and let the sun go a bit more down while we were engulfed by slumber. We left our hotel again a bit later than usual this day and decided on whim to go exploring the highest point of settlement in Oia.

 

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Off to a new discovery!

 

 

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This staircase had almost turned into a red carpet for me!

 

 

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Walking up hill from our hotel

 

As we walked up hill, surroundings were quieter, people were scantier and views –  grander.

 

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The only time I wished I was a cat!

 

 

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All hail the king! ;)

 

 

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And HH the Queen!! :)

 

 

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Apparently a good day for sailing!

 

 

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The highest point in Oia is marked by this church and a hotel below it.

 

 

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These ship models sit with great personality on the roof of a hotel.

 

 

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Another one in the league

 

The joy of being in that place at that point was absolute as there wasn’t anybody there but us. In such situation you pretty much feel like you own the place and it just belongs to you. However, we were later on joined by a Japanese couple and a pair of girls later on. But surely there was not one person more, than I can count on the fingers on my hand.

 

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:)

 

 

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The  vast view of the sea from there

 

 

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And the rest of the Oia converging in the front

 

 

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There was ample place there to sit which is a bonus! And you don’t even have to guard your place like your belongings!

 

 

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A lovely place to be!

 

 

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I love the ‘happy’ glow, the setting sun casts :)

 

 

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And that is the last sunset in ‘Sunset Capital of the World’

 

 

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Although images of sunset from this area are not the ‘thumbprint’ of Oia but are beautiful nevertheless!

 

It has since some time, became an order of our vacations that we discover some of best things on the last day, be it restaurants, stores or sights! This was just another addition to the same. If the crowd in Oia doesn’t let you really feel the romance in the air, this is the place. Its beautiful, breezy and your own!

 

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Last streaks of sun afloat at the horizon

 

 

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While on one side the sun went down, a large moon, rose to glory right opposite.

 

 

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It felt like a hop, skip, jump away!

 

 

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A beautiful walk back…

 

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As the sky is taken over by purple hues, the whitness sharpens and houses, hotels are set aglow

 

 

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That is our hotel Canaves Oia, set in a beautiful backdrop and tastefully lit.

 

 

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The moonbeams lighting up the Aegean

 

 

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”Yes?”

 

 

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A snapshot of lovely evening that was to be!

 

 

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The wind makes my dress (and heart) dance!

 

 

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The last image of our vacation that says it all!

 

Writing about this place was hard for me because of lack of  words good enough, to describe this place and mainly because every time I shuffled through pictures to get some here on the blog, I would feel a pang of wanderlust. I felt like being there again, stacking some summer clothes in our bags and…..well, that’s where practicality sets in! But it was heart warming to go through these pictures together again. This had been a perfect vacation for us, unscripted yet glitch free.  Hope you too, feel the glow inside when you see the sun soaked images. And also hoping you get there soon! Because it’s going to be worth it.

 

Thanks for being here! Also do send in your thoughts, comments, suggestions or anything you would like to say. I’m all ears!

Take care, I’ll see you soon  🙂