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Oia Santorini – Scenes from a Greek Island weekend…

It’s a shame there isn’t some kind of photo gallery that we can go to and look at images of people’s weekends from all over the world. Hundreds of cities… towns, villages and “small islands”, all over the world. Maybe one of the flicker or youtube whiz-kids will read this and do something about it. In the meantime… here are some images from my weekend in my little part of this beautiful planet we all call home.

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Saturday morning I woke up early to find mist and low cloud… a rare treat for August.

 

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I saw the mist drifting fast… creating some beautiful images on the landscape in front of me…

 

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 I then went for an early walk and saw Oia from a new vantage point… one I had never been to before,
but will surely be visiting again and again…

 

taxiThat night our next door neighbours were returning to Athens… so they called a taxi – as you do!
But of course this is Oia… and our taxi is a bit different to yours, at least until you get up the steps
to the village centre.

 

meteorNext morning I got up early again… my coffee shop (Meteor) was still closed.
Yes… that’s the cafe on the left and the tables on the right… welcome to Oia ;-)

 

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I then rode to the winery where I saw grapes being dried in the sun. This is the grape they will use
to make the famous Santorini VinSanto… multi-award winning sweet wine.

 

boatsAfter a swim I got home in the afternoon in time to see this almost surreal image.
It’s the daily parade of boats cruising past below the house in mid-afternoon,
full of tourists looking up at Oia and no doubt taking thousands of photos. 

 

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Speaking of boats… this little boat turned up late afternoon. But this is not just any boat dear friends…

 

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This… is the “Rising Sun”. One of the biggest private yachts in the world, belonging to 
Larry Ellison (Oracle Corp). I may not agree with the man’s technology ideas… but he has
fantastic taste in yachts. It’s lean, understated, elegant and simply stunning.

 

rising sun4It’s 138m long and has 8,000 sqm of living space. That’s 8 thousand square metres friends. 
Heli-pads front and back… the back one doubles as a half-basketball court.
 

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So I sat on the front balcony with binoculars… took these photos and admired. He is a self-made man
and you have to love that.

 

I have to say that I absolutely love the view from the house. The caldera is like the best possible live theatre on a grand scale…daily. Each day the show is different and you just never know what the next day will bring. I know I am very fortunate to have this view in front of me daily.

So that was the last weekend of August for another year dear friends. A bit of everything thrown in. From the sublime pleasure of watching the early morning mist  roll through my small village… to breathing in the aromatic scent of grapes drying in the hot August sun… to the magestic image of the “Rising Sun” under my house. It’s a small village on a small island… but it’s different.

To be perfectly honest I am very pleased August is gone and I am really looking forward to September. There is always a far nicer atmosphere on the island during September and we are a month closer to winter, when all the real “business” is done… and what a winter this promises to be dear friends. More on that soon ;-)

I hope you enjoyed the images from my Greek Island weekend….

PS: My best wishes for a speedy return to full health for the lovely Lala  xxx

 

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Oia BBQ… with a view !

So you’ve finally come to visit… to see my little village… to see the small island in the Aegean that makes people lose their hearts and minds.

Like a good host I have taken you for a long ride on the Vespa…. showing you the sights and let you breath in the air that makes people light headed. We then had a lazy afternoon on the beach (siesta on the beach chairs included) and then back to Oia for dinner.

“Where are we going for dinner?”  you ask…

“Nothing special… thought we might have a casual bbq, just relax and enjoy Oia at sunset…away from everyone.
Some wine, some music, some nice food… and a bit of a view”.

So we take our food, our wine, our music and we ride to my little special bbq. Why special you ask? 

Well… 

 

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It’s a bit rough…I’m sorry, but there is plenty of room and it’s secluded.

 

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All very basic… I know, but it has a certain charm about it… don’t you think?

 

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There is also a fair bit to look at while waiting for the food to cook.

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It’s nothing fancy… I know.

But hey… when in Oia !

 

I know my little bbq is not high tech, it’s not designed for extreme comfort and it’s certainly not designed for a big crowd.

Call me silly… but I like it  ;-)

 

 

The colours of Oia

A lot of people have the idea that Santorini…. and especially Oia is full of white, sugar-coated houses. But not so. Whilst the white-washed houses are many, the village of Oia is alive with colour…glorious colour !

 

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As it often happens with European and especially Mediterranean villages… somehow it all looks totally co-ordinated, even though its not.
From the sea… looking up, Oia looks like a master has painted it on the cliff face.

 

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These images offer only a tiny glimpse… but believe me when I tell you that colour is everywhere. The endless Aegean sea below maybe the backdrop, but the colours of Oia leave memories that last a lifetime.  

 

Oia Sunrise & life decisions

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  

–  Beverly Sills

 

These words can burn in your brain like a red-hot syringe. For years they ran through my mind.

This morning I woke up early and had a coffee outside. This is what I saw…

 

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Oia – Santorini.

Yep…. good decision!

 

 


Oia Santorini – VespaCam: Oia Sunset

VespaCam :  you are riding around this magical island…you see something beautiful, you stop… “click”, back on the Vespa and vrooooommmm ! 

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something like this for instance…

sunset1which on closer inspection looked like this…. how can you not take a picture ?

Btw…if you look closely the tiny dot in the sea is not dust on your screen, it’s a twilight sailing boat. Lucky people ;-)

Oia Santorini – the Great Walk of Santorini part II

Thank you for your great response to our first part of the walk last week…. your comments are always appreciated !

It’s an odd thing, I don’t think there are many people that haven’t seen an image of Santorini somewhere… be it on TV, magazines, movies. Yet there is so much of this island that most people have never seen (including locals). Last week we brought you images of the middle part of the great walk between Oia and Fira. This week Alessi and I went on another adventure… doing the first part of the great walk (closest to Oia). Once again we were stunned by what we saw.

By the way… just for the record, the whole family was invited to join us…. but alas, the girls don’t do mornings.

 

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Once again we started walking up the path… many of you asked if its an established path? The answer is YES.
It took years to make, but as you will see it was worth the effort…

 

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Oia was behind us and my island (well it s not “my island”, but its under my house so I’m claiming it  lol ) was looking like a little dot
in the blue caldera (btw, since a few of you have asked… the name of the small island below Oia is St. Nicholas – tiny church on it in honour of the saint –
but thats another “special post”). 

 

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As we got higher the magic started to unfold in front of us…

 

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Tiny little memorial (with scripture inside)… 

 

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as always… overlooking the village is a picturesque little church. A lot of history here, but we had a long way to go
so we kept walking… 

 

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the path leads higher, but its easy to walk and the scenery keeps your mind off the climb…

 

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some of these retaining walls were built centuries ago… one can imagine the Venetian soldiers
(who had several forts on this island) walking
along this same path…

 

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no doubt the path would look different in the middle of summer… but at this time of the year
the hills are wearing their most vivid colours. Then… we were almost at the top and the view opened to this!

 

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suddenly it was an assault on the senses. We looked around us…

 

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behind us was Oia in the distance…

 

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above us was the small church we knew signalled the top of the hill. But, to our right…. well to our right was something extraordinary…

 

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its views like this that make you start whispering to yourself…

 

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we walked closer to the small church…

 

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tiny ancient outbuilding next to it…

 

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the church is modest, humble…the very essence of simplicity. 
Its’ understated elegance speaks volumes about the island, the country and its’ people.

 

The following images, photographed from the courtyard of this church…don’t need words. At least not mine. I couldn’t possibly do the images justice.
Let your own mind create words for what you see…

 

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there are times when words are simply inadequate…

 

 

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Look closely…a third of the way down the edge of the cliff there is a little white church. Its below Imerovigli, facing the volcano
and its under an old Venetian fort. Next Sunday we will take you there…

Hope you enjoyed the walk with us ;-)

 

You can read part one of our Great Walk adventure here 

 

Note: All pictures are subject to international copyright laws and can not be used in any form without permission.

Oia Santorini – less is more

Many of you have wondered how a cave house is lit…

 

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The answer is less is more…

 

The magical, luminous Aegean light is ample during the day. At night… the little candle windows I dug on the sides of the cave create a warm ambience and give out soft light that in turn captures the curved surfaces of the cave walls. Each candle window was sponged a different colour to contrast the stark white walls of the cave. Yes…there are electric lights… but what would you rather use?

More on the cave soon ;-)