View Full Version : SANTORINI, Greece- a different sort of skyscrapers

February 22nd, 2006, 11:21 PM
These pictures from my last visit to Santorini show what might be a different kind of skyscrapers- as the entire villages are built on the lip of a volcano towering over an encircled sea.











February 22nd, 2006, 11:22 PM







February 25th, 2006, 11:01 AM
Absolutely spectacular, but no longer a real place, right? More like a resort hotel functioning in the manner of a colonial animal, yes?

February 25th, 2006, 11:04 AM
Fantastic pics of one of my favorite places. MidtownGuy, we seem to have the same tastes in travel intineraries.

February 25th, 2006, 11:21 AM
How could you build this place and meet the wheelchair code?

February 25th, 2006, 12:51 PM
bsolutely spectacular, but no longer a real place, right? More like a resort hotel functioning in the manner of a colonial animal, yes?


Not really, ablarc. Most of the properties are small and owned by Greeks, thousands of whom live year round there and/or are natives of Santorini. Although, as with every European place of great interest, the summer months see the population increase by several times, and every yiayia(grandma) becomes an enterpreneur. Unlike in a pure resort, many Greeks here are still growers of the vine or fishermen, more evident when you explore areas outside of Fira, the main town. You will see the island children playing in the streets, oblivious to the tourists, and plenty of little scenes like the one above.
Greece has laws about keeping the traditional style of architecture here, which is the most functional anyway, and menus are required to have a preponderance of Greek dishes. This prevents streets lined with fish-n-chips joints or chain restaurants. The Greek Islands, thankfully, will always be Greek.

February 25th, 2006, 01:11 PM
some more...





February 25th, 2006, 01:38 PM
MidtownGuy, we seem to have the same tastes in travel intineraries.

I really love that part of the world!

February 25th, 2006, 01:52 PM
Often, the roof of one unit provides the terrace of the one above. There must be horizontal property lines as well as vertical ones. Like condos with all units entered from outside.

Glad to see it's still a real place, MidtownGuy. Did you fly there or did you have to take a boat?

Is the nightlife as, shall we say...lively as it is in Mykonos?

How was the heat?

Is it fairly reasonably-priced? When is high season, and do places stay open when it's not?

February 26th, 2006, 02:01 PM
I took the ferry to Santorini because I like the drama of entering the caldera on a ship. The ride was comfortable and i had my laptop with me so plenty to keep busy with. I wasn't really worried about time but for those with less time ( for me it was the beginning of one month in Greece) maybe the plane is better.
To get from Crete to Rhodes, a longer distance, I took Aegean Airlines which I like very much and is usually around 100 euros for a quick flight.

The nightlife is very lively, but for gay people there are not the venues that
Mykonos presents. Still, it is a very open and welcoming scene to all. While in Santorini I tended to focus more on getting up early to photograph and sight-see, saving the partying for my next island stop, Mykonos.

The weather was sunny and hot but not oppressive heat. In the shade, which is throughout the winding alleyways, the temperature was always pleasant. Plus there is always a breeze.

It's more expensive than the other islands. High season is June to September 1, but some places are open year round and Spring and fall are quite warm and sunny. Spring may be the best time to go. It starts warming there very early.

February 27th, 2006, 06:28 AM
How long ago was there an eruption? Was it in historic or geological times? Are the folks there living on the edge of oblivion, like San Franciscans?

February 27th, 2006, 01:09 PM
The eruption took place 3,500 years ago, or about 1500 BC.
Smoke still rises from the central island and the rocks are hot so who knows!The last eruption was in 1950 and a devastating earthquake hit in 1956.

February 27th, 2006, 01:12 PM

February 27th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Livin' on the edge.

September 24th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Thanks for those wonderful pictures, MidtownGuy. You've really done some incredible travelling; I can only hope I get the chance to do it someday, too.

I've had a chance to visit a lot of Italy, mainly the usual suspects (Amalfi Coast, Capri, etc.) but Greece looks even more stunning. I don't know, there's just something about those whitewashed walls and the color of the water. I've got to get over there at some point. Got any suggestions for a trip?

September 24th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Got any suggestions for a trip?
In the Venice Lagoon a technicolor sea-level variant on small-scale car-less walkability: http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9178

September 24th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Yeah, I remember reading through that thread a while ago. I must've passed by it on the boatride over to Venice (the touristy part), and didn't even think to stop. Had only one full day, and there was lots to see.

I ended up not liking Venice very much. It was awesome, no doubt, but exhausting. Too hot, and too many tourists. If ever in Italy again (not sure, given the number of places on my wish list), I'll have to stop by and see Burano.

September 24th, 2006, 09:33 PM
I ended up not liking Venice very much.
Got to give it another chance. Late April is nice.

September 24th, 2006, 10:09 PM
That's what people have told me about L.A. http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/images/icons/icon12.gif

At least Venice was unforgettable, and worth recalling.

September 24th, 2006, 10:49 PM
That's what people have told me about L.A.
Yeah, me too; and I still think it sucks.

Venice is different, trust me.

September 24th, 2006, 11:47 PM
If you do ever get back to Venice (highly recommended NOT to go in the summer months) make sure you take a boat ride to the quiet little island of Torcello (http://www.jssgallery.org/Essay/Venice/Other_Sites/The_island_of_Torcello.htm), which can be seen from Burano ...

http://k41.pbase.com/v3/90/140690/1/46164926.Venice2005_PICT3916.JPG (http://www.pbase.com/alangrant/venice)

there used to be a simple but fantastic little restaurant (http://www.veneziasi.it/site/Locanda_Cipriani_Isole_Venezia_524_47533_1.asp) just where you get off the boat ...


a short walk along the canal ...


and you'll find old basilica di Santa Maria Assunta ...


Walk around and soak in the church before venturing inside ...


Where you'll be awed by a fantastic mosaic of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus (circa 1100 AD) ...



The mosaic floors are fantastic, too ...

http://www.traveladventures.org/continents/europe/images/torcello07.jpg (http://www.traveladventures.org/continents/sendcard.php)


September 24th, 2006, 11:51 PM
L'isola di Torcello ...



September 25th, 2006, 07:58 AM
Basically, a beautiful ghost town.

September 25th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Looks like you stayed quite close to where we were!


More Santorini pics here: http://www.urban75.org/photos/santorini/index.html

October 6th, 2006, 12:01 AM
I don't know, there's just something about those whitewashed walls and the color of the water. I've got to get over there at some point. Got any suggestions for a trip?

pianoman, if you would like to go to Greece at some point, I can really help in making lots of suggestions and tips. I keep going back to Greece, can't stop myself! I can't think of anywhere else that combines such beaches, mountains, flower-draped villages, archeology, nightlife and personal safety. No worries! In Greece, You can leave your things on the beach, go have lunch for 2 hours, and return to find everything exactly as you left it.
Tourism to Greece has been on the rise again, and this year I noticed lots more Americans than ever before. Hmmm, you might want to get there sooner than later.
Anyway, I would be glad to give advice when and if you decide to go. It's a fantastic country.

October 6th, 2006, 08:07 PM
Thanks for the heads-up, Midtown. Any suggestions from someone who's so familiar and passionate about a place are a definite boost. I just hope I'll actually be able to cash in! :D

I'm still at school, so any trip that far away would almost certainly happen over the summer. But some of my friends have been mulling the idea of a "Eurotrip" for a while now, and I think there's a good chance of it happening next year. How reasonable do you think it would be to combine Greece with a bunch of places in the western part (I'm thinking Madrid, Nice, Amsterdam, and London would be on the top of that list)? Should I be planning on a really long and costly trip? How much time should I allow for Greece?