Travelogue: Santorini, Greece

8 years ago I took a solo two week adventure to Italy and Greece.  It was before I had been really doing any blogging, before I was on Instagram, and at a time when I knew photography was going to be a big part of my life and I wanted to discover more with it.  I took my little Canon Rebel with me, my kit lens, a fisheye, a hard drive, and a little Canon Elph point and shoot desperate for some sort of 'epihany' to point me in the right direction in my 30s. Besides the obvious excitement about an adventure and traveling to new places I was specifically hell bent on seeing the places that had been visualized so viscerally for me in cinema, music, and literature, and food shows. I had to have pizza in Naples. I needed to be on the twisty road to Positano.  I wanted to wear capris in Capri.  I wanted to have a Greek salad in Greece.  And most importantly, I absolutely positively had to see the caldera of Santorini. My personal links to the Mediterranean are limited to a teeny tiny % of my DNA being Iberian (which trust me, was enough for me to be ELATED about - proof! I have a connection there!) - however my romanticized version of this region and subsequent level of exception is just hard to encapsulate into words. In a previous adventure (my first to Europe) I also traversed more of its coasts.  From Barcelona and Nice through to Monte Carlo and Cinque Terre, I melted into this part of the world as though I had lived there my whole life.  The food, style, music, art, architecture, everything has resonated wth me since I can remember.  And with all this backstory, I give you the first in a series I would like to share of my adventures.  And while Santorini wasn't my actual starting point - it was perhaps the destination I was most excited about so we're going to begin there. It was the most magical place I've ever been.

Breakfast over the caldera in Fira.

Breakfast over the caldera in Fira.

Just as sun starts to dip, overlooking the caldera in Fira.

Just as sun starts to dip, overlooking the caldera in Fira.

Fira

Fira

Santorini sights. Doorways and donkeys.

Santorini sights. Doorways and donkeys.

Sunset on the caldera in the town of Fira on Santorini

Sunset on the caldera in the town of Fira on Santorini

Greek olives forever and always amen.

Greek olives forever and always amen.

The town of Oia at the northern end of the island of Santorini.

The town of Oia at the northern end of the island of Santorini.

Exploring on Santorini

Exploring on Santorini

Walkways and doorways in Oia

Walkways and doorways in Oia

Looking at Oia and Fira in the distance over the caldera.

Looking at Oia and Fira in the distance over the caldera.

Couple taking a moment in Oia

Couple taking a moment in Oia

Oia

Oia

Atlantis Books in Oia.

Atlantis Books in Oia.

Tuxedo cat perched in the best view in the town of Oia.

Tuxedo cat perched in the best view in the town of Oia.

One of the many churches on the island.

One of the many churches on the island.

Dinner in Oia on the edge of the caldera.

Dinner in Oia on the edge of the caldera.

Taking in all the beauty over a delicious meal

Taking in all the beauty over a delicious meal

Sunset in Oia is not to be missed. 

Sunset in Oia is not to be missed.