August 01, 2017

  • August 01, 2017

Santorini Island Greece
Santorini Island (Photo Pixabay Michelle Maria)
Do you like holidays and planning your next trip? 
Do you enjoy searching for the perfect travel destination, accommodation, excellent food and wines, with captivating history, stunning views, and various outdoor activities for your new challenging trip, either domestic or abroad?
Are you dreaming to offer to yourself a new experience? Then, Santorini Island (Greece) would be your magical holiday destination!

I think planning your holiday itinerary or vacation and traveling are one of the best things in life for all of us, a liberating escape from daily routine, eventually, to a place that we dreamed to visit one day.

And choosing a Greek island, and especially Santorini, as your travel destination, it will make your perfect vacation.

Trips became for me a long time expected escape to a different world where I can be/ act as I really am, no professional standard requirements, no other unwanted interference etc... and where I can see wonderful things, step on same paths of our ancestors, touch impressive architectural sites, breath in the same spot where centuries or just years ago famous artists were inspired to create, view other people' life thru their eyes in their own place, mingle with them, taste their food, listen to their music and... simply feel like any other citizen of this world...

Choosing the glamorous Santorini island as your holiday destination, it will be the perfect option - here you'll find a bit from everything and a lot more unrevealed surprises that will stay in your memories for years.

Now, if you'd like to dream a bit, relax your mind and have some thoughts about Greece, let's take a virtual tour around the famous Santorini with dazzling panoramas over the Aegean sea-drowned caldera, multicolored cliffs, beautifully designed villas, modern pools illuminated at night, romantic sunsets, lovely galleries, workshops, sparkling nightlife!

Santorini (own photo)

"Cafe del Mar" and Santorini Volcano
It happen to have the chance to see some wonderful places in various countries, each one having a special impact on me, with its particular imprint, but I preserved a special feeling for Santorini – my favorite Greek Island – not for the fame but for its unique gathering of little bit from everything… breathtaking!

I remember that when I reached there, seeing so many rocks, drought, dust and donkeys I start wondering if this is that famous and worldwide known island… Then, being there for about 2 weeks, I visited almost any village around during the day and night, went to surrounding giant lagoon and Perissa and Kamari beaches (with sand like black pepper – as shape and color – formed from volcanic magma), wandered through charming back streets with tiny white houses with blue windows covered in blossomed bougainvillea, took the trip to Volcano and, by chance, had the rare opportunity to be there during Volcano festival.

I had a very interesting feeling when, after a long walk around Oia village (Santorini Island) and surrounding ancient Minoan site on a bright sunny day with temperature above 40′C along rocky narrow alleys, I need to relax a bit and enter into the first shadowed bar on the way…

It was the perfect day light to view across the magnificent Santorini Volcano, listening for first time “Café del Mar” (such a delicate background) coming from a hi-tech acoustic system in a very friendly location. It was like that music has been created to represent the island in different fractions of time, sounds and colors.
I cannot describe full sensation in words, was above imagination! Unique!


Santorini - Andreas Alefragis workshop (own photo)
Magical Santorini Island and Greek cycladic art souvenirs
Also, I’ll never forget a young at that time and sort of savage Greek artist, Andreas Alefragis, that owns Goulas Studio, with strong personality and excellent creative imagination having his own workshop with objects from glass and bronze, and several absolutely remarkable pieces.

I was fascinated especially by one of his bronze art crafts representing something between a whale and boat or maybe both in the same time, and I couldn’t find out if he created that object by happening just playing and giving shape to certain quantity of melted metal or he created previously a draft to follow up. In my mind, at that time, I’ve made a sudden connection between that spectacular island, the music listened earlier, the image of volcano, the sea, that whale, and the Atlants…

All those pieces connected as a part of a small Universe, an imaginary one, peaceful, friendly…

I’m not sure if it was any cannabis in Santorini burned in the nearby area at that time but, no doubt, it was first time in my life when I had the strange sensation that an object may be alive and has the power to hypnotize… under certain circumstances.

From so many wonderful objects seen in various museums or art galleries along my trips, none of those could replace in my mind that image.

So, when came the time to leave the island… I was unable to move and take my mind away from there for long time after.

Even now, when I need to unwind myself I’m recalling that 3D (or more?) image!
Andreas Alefragis Goulas Studio (greecetraveler.com)

Lava and Santorini Volcano
Lava rock formed when magma is erupting from a volcano and reaches the surface had a tremendous impact during its eruption in Minoan era, destroying a civilization and changing the circular shape of Santorini in a caldera, now with spectacular views from sea or land.

A couple of years later a famous Greek singer – Alkistis Protopsalti – came out with the song “I lava” (Lava) and its scenic video with Santorini Volcano (knowing the places, that video fascinated me so much and will remain always on the list of “favorite songs”).
To conclude, trips abroad are worth especially if you’ll decide to visit those places that are in your mind.

Just don’t expect much, you may be surprised, humans showing you less but nature showing you even more secret facets of (that) reality that you’re prepared to, so you have to let lose your all senses and enjoy everything!

Alkistis Protopsalti - "I lava"


"I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better." - Plutarch
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