You don’t realize where you are until you take a step back a realize that you’ve seen these white houses with blue doors, windows, and roof tops somewhere before. Taking a step back and taking it all in, you then realize that you’re standing in Santorinni, Greece. Then it hits you, as a typical teenage girl who watches all the chick-flicks known to teenage girls, you’re standing in the city that is in all the movies you’ve seen; Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants sticking out in your head the most, who could honestly forget the classic summer romance on this beautiful Greek Island?
My trip to Santorinni, unfortunately, was only an excursion provided by the Louis Majesty Cruise. We docked mid-day in the port and where there until around sunset. Luckily, Louis Majesty Cruises was kind enough to set us up with a Tour Director who led us into the city. From there we were able to go out on our own and explore the beauty of a small village on a mountain called Oia Village. If you’ve ever heard of Oia, it is everything you’ve imagined. The white wash houses and the bright blue windows and doors captivate you and your camera lens. The photo opportunities available to you are outstanding. Words can’t even describe the way you feel when the wind rushes through your hair at the top of the mountain and you look over the ledge to see people climbing up the mountain on donkeys and the bright pink flowers continuously flowing into your view but you don’t really seem to mind. After spending about an hour here, doing things such as sitting in a little café on the edge of the mountain overlooking the cascading houses or shopping in the small tourist traps, we went to the other side of the mountain to have some more shopping time.
The tour guide then left us to have free time and head back to the tender boat, which would take us back to the ship. The sun was setting on the horizon and everyone got to enjoy the city in it’s beauty and the shopping. We got to visit little mom and pop shops that sold handmade things or bigger shops that sold your typical tourist items like bags, coasters, and hats with Santorinni, Greece written all over them.
The first sight of storm clouds we had seen on the whole trip began to roll in as we headed towards the cable cars. Cable Car was our only was back down the mountain to get to the tender boat. The wind picked up but the line to get to the cars moved surprisingly quickly. It was an adventure once we got in, being able to see the whole side of the mountain washed over by the deep yellows and oranges of the sunset. It was quite a sight and a sad moment when the trip was over in a short 2 or 3 minutes. We headed back on the tender boat to our Louis Majesty Cruise ship, watching the beautiful island of Santorinni fade into the backdrop of the large Mediterranean Sea and the breath taking sunset.