Oia Blue

“Within the circuit of this plodding life
There enter moments of an azure hue,”

                                                                Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Blue represents serenity, truth and harmony. Its arguably one of the most soothing colours. It is said that blue’s lighter hues can reduce stress and tension. It represents tranquility and calm. On the Greek islands it is used extensively and when it contrasts against the seemingly sugar-coated, whitewashed walls of village houses, it can bring about synesthesia (the neurological phenomenon where one sense triggers involuntary experiences in one or more other senses). Your eyes see an image and your skin starts to feel it….you smell it, you hear it. Your mind begins to associate things that you had never before thought of together. It creates three dimensional images and it becomes a multi-sensory experience.

In Oia….the view at times can be so overwhelming that I have often watched couples sit at a cliff-top cafe and say “nothing” to each other for the first twenty minutes. They just look….trying to take it all in. They go into their own space….. the imagery daring their mind to believe that its real. In front of them is a scene that represents the raw, savage power of nature’s rage (the past explosions of the volcano) and the sublime results that are today’s blue caldera and the high cliffs surrounding it.

Some just sit there for hours and stare, others discuss the unique Greek Island light, the colour of the sea, the architecture, the history.

Some talk about how long they have waited to be here….how long they have dreamed of this moment, after years of mind-travelling.

Some write poetry….

All take photos…..with their cameras, but also with their minds. Mutli-sensory photos. With paranormal “vision” (seeing beyond the capability of the eyes).

The colour blue will for ever have a different meaning for them. It will remind them of that special morning when they just sat and looked…in awe !!!




Lotza cafe – Oia


Deep Blue


Have you ever had a multi-sensory experience looking at a view?  

If you’ve visited Oia….what do you feel when you see images of it now?

Love to hear your thoughts… ;-)



2 responses to “Oia Blue

  1. yes i remember that “blue feeling” .. it is indeed beautiful and amazing- also peaceful, makes you really be quiet and just take it all in.

  2. hello from australia!

    im coming to santorini to get married – i loved reading your blogs about couples you have seen on the island! your photos you seem to capture the essence of greece and the feeling i want to have on the day – in your opinion, where should i hold the cermony?!? im looking for a location somewhere between imerovigli – where we are staying, and ammoudi – where we are having lunch. i need your expertise and your knowledge of the island! i love the idea of having it in some secluded chapel or ancient ruins over looking the caldera. although, we have 20 guests so it cant be too remote! and it will be at midday in july – so im thinking very hot!!?!? i hope you can help me in finding the right location… look forward to your response.


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