Monday, April 26, 2010
The final Greek Island we stopped at on our cruise across the Mediterranean was the gem: Santorini. This tiny island has no biblical significance, but it was one of our favorite locales on the entire trip. As we approached the harbor, we saw what appeared to be snow caps on top of the cliffs.
To get up to the serene settlement, we first had to climb nearly 700 feet to the top. We followed the winding pathway pictured below, ascending 660 steps in the process. It may look glamorous or romantic, but what you cannot experience from the picture is the smell of the donkey droppings all along the path. Yes, it is cheaper to walk than to ride, but it's not without a cost!
Here was the reason for the smell. On our way back down, one donkey was coming up and tried to run me over. I stuck him in the eye with a forearm. He moved over.
We finally made it to the top. Yes, it was worth it!
This is probably the most beautiful picture of the whole trip. This church had a blue-domed roof just about the same color as the sky. In Athens, I happened upon some small canvas prints of this same chapel; one is in my office. It continues to inspire me.
Fresh, warm crepes...sitting under a blue sky...on Santorini...yeah, we enjoyed ourselves!