Sunday, October 9, 2011

santorini: on the edge of a dream




after my son and i left ithaka we traveled to the island of santorini, which is formed from the remains of a gigantic volcanic crater. after a cataclysmic eruption some 3500 years ago the crater collapsed into the caldera, leaving the famous half moon shape so often depicted in photographs.  the cliff face drops away into the sea and provides some of the most stunning views in the world. 



you feel like you're on the edge of the world here


it truly is a feast for the senses





here, pictures really do tell the story, where words somehow pale.... 






so i'll leave you with some images from a place that seems like a gateway



to another realm









 





22 comments:

  1. It really is so very pretty and definitely a place that I will visit one day. Your photos are lovely.

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  2. I'm not sure how long ago this was,but about 15 years ago I watched this movie called "Summer Lovers"..the movie was a flop,but to this day I remember they(the actors in the movie)traveled to Santorini..I remember wanting to go Greece so bad after that.The houses on the mountain,the gates,the view..your pictures have taken me there again,and I am so thankful to revisit it again through your eyes.Hugs,Cat

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  3. Such a beautiful place. Thank you for these photos.

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  4. After a long day at work, thank you for taking me to these shores.

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  5. Dear Amanda, this post was a real treat, when I woke up to a very cold mid-autumn morning here in eh cold North. Never visited Santorini, but these images are simply dreamy. Love those views.;))
    xoxo

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  6. You are as skilled a photographer as you are a wordsmith, Amanda.

    Feast.

    Incidentally, the saturation of blue in that initial pool shot makes me want to eat my own teeth.

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  7. This is the essence of Greece, still on my top list of dream destinations:) Maybe it is good that it is still waiting for me...

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  8. Oh, the memories of Oia in Santorini! How wonderful that you were able to share these with your son after the hard work of summer. Like you I had a balcony with the view of the caldera and a front row seat for the amazing sunset each evening. Our first night there was a late September full moon and it seemed like daylight with its bright reflection on the water.

    Thanks for stirring the memories!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  9. Wow. Words fail. I love the sea and wanna be there! The shot of the restaurant on the edge of the sea is great. I'd love to have a meal there. And that glass - was that full of ouzo?

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  10. Incredible photos Amanda. Greece is the one and only place I would travel outside the U.S. to see. There is much to be said for the ocean and the blue and white colors. Beautiful!!!

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  11. She is a lovely island crescent. Nice photos to relax the troubled mind for a few moments.

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  12. Yes, feels like a different world indeed. Thank you for this journey.

    Please have you all a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

    p.s.the picture was taken in palio faliro during a stormy afternoon.

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  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely !

    I forget whether I asked if you had read John Fowles' The Magus ?

    I'm guessing you have.

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  14. amanda: my god, this is something i have never seen and you are so kind and great to share these photos. you are a very good photographer and the land and seascapes are just exquisite. parts of this look like another planet.

    that shot of you on the balcony says it all!

    love
    kj

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  15. Such a delightful place to share with your son. The pictures are wonderful; the place, exquisite.

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  16. Truly breathtaking...magnificent and epic...thankyou for this gorgeous feast for the eyes!
    Victoria

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  17. Amanda: I didn't think such unspoiled beauty still existed. Thank you for including us on your journey!!

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  18. Stunning, no wonder you feel the pull and connection.

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! I feel like I've been on vacation. This was the perfect end to a gray rainy day.

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  20. Stunning pictures from an amazing place!!!

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  21. What an amazing post on the island of Santorini!!!
    http://taxidiaris.blogspot.com/2011/11/santorini-island-greece.html

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