I just returned home to Mykonos after three storied days on its sister Cycladic island of Thira. That’s its official name but it’s known to most as Santorini. I can see your heads nodding in sympathy for what I must endure to practice my craft.
Santorini is said to have inspired the legend of the lost island of Atlantis. I can’t say whether or not that’s true, but I can say Santorini’s inspired me to place my 2016 Andreas Kaldis mystery there, and that, dear readers, requires a lot of research.
Admittedly I’m a little late for catching the Atlantis show, as it stopped playing more than thirty-six centuries ago when one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history devastated the island, sending forth a mammoth tsunami toward Crete ultimately contributing to the destruction of the Minoan civilization.
But that’s all in the past. Or so we hope.
Today the only tsunami in the area of Santorini is tourism. Santorini and Mykonos rank as the two most popular tourist islands in Europe (their tourism boards can argue over which ranks #1 this year :)).
|Tourists in Fira|
The unique call of Santorini is undoubtedly the breathtaking views from the northern part of the island, looking out from the rim of the caldera (crater) across the sapphire blue lagoon formed within the crater. It is a view truly worthy of a wonder of the world.
Santorini is a place for staring hypnotically off into the middle-distance for hours while you contemplate the meaning of life. Mykonos is more about the beauty of its old town, its fabled beaches, and 24/7 nightlife. In other words, you come to Mykonos to find the person you want to spend time with on Santorini.
But enough words. Let me show you Santorini in photographs, courtesy of my faithful photographer Barbara Zilly. We stayed north of the island’s capital city of Fira, just before now famous Oia—the town on the western tip of Santorini featured in virtually every Santorini advertisement.
First, I have to say about our hotel (Csky) that it’s hard to imagine more spectacular views anywhere on the island, sitting as it does on the crest of the narrow caldera rim, with the lagoon in front and the broad blue Aegean to the rear.
|Csky Hotel, Imerovigli, Santorini|
Our 3+ kilometer hike to Oia
|The Promised Land|
|My photographer on break|
|Proprietor of Atlantis Bookstore|