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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Santorini Favorites 1

Santorini Arched Doorway

As promised on Monday, today’s Fun Photo Friday is dedicated to the wonderfully, whimsically colored doors, window shutters, and other architectural details that help make Santorini a photographer’s delight.

Santorini Storefront in Yellow

Santorini Balcony

Church Bell Overlooking the Aegean

Santorini Shutters

Santorini Fruit Stairs

Santorini Door

Santorini Door

Santorini Doors in Yellow

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54 Days at Sea — Santorini Part 2

Santorini panorama

One of the neat things you’ll notice as you stroll around the inhabited crater crest of the Santorini caldera are the really neat ways people decorate their homes, even the rooftops:

Santorini rooftop decoration

Even the Santorini street vendors are colorful, such as the turquoise jewelry lined up on this sun-baked wall:

Turquoise for sale

Of course, being built upon the remains of an exploded volcano means that dramatic, sheer cliffs abound everywhere:

Santorini cliffs

Looking down the cliffs, toward the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, you’ll be treated to views such as this:


As I mentioned on Monday, Santorini is perhaps most famous for its many blue-domed churches. But there are other interesting churches around the island as well. Take a look at this stone church:

Santorini stone church

Now for a little photo gallery/slide show of more Santorini images. Click on any image below to enlarge the photo and bring up the slide show:

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54 Days at Sea — Santorini Part 1

MS Prinsendam (background) and Norwegian Gem (foreground)

MS Prinsendam arrived off the coast of Santorini on April 27, having left Athens (port of Piraeus) the day before. This was our first trip to Santorini (also known as Thera; see: A Thera By Any Other Name Is Still a Santorini), so both Ursula and I were very excited to be here. As you can see in the photo above, the ships anchor inside the collapsed and now flooded caldera of a volcano — the same volcano that caused major destruction some 3,600 years ago in an event called the Minoan Eruption, and which may be the basis for the legend of Atlantis.


This is a tender port, and the trek from the shoreline where the tenders dock to the crest of the remnant crater is a daunting one. Fortunately, there are two ways up the hill that don’t involve walking. One is a ride on a donkey, which seems a bit cruel to me. Thus, we took the other option — an aerial tramway, otherwise popularly known as a ‘cable car’.

Aerial tramway, Santorini

Aerial tramway, Santorini

This is one wonderful, spectacularly colorful, and incredibly photogenic destination. Indeed, it was probably my favorite photo subject of the entire 54-day cruise. The streets are wonderfully rustic, and the buildings starkly whitewashed for the most part. Those that aren’t really pop with color.

Santorini street

Santorini street

Gates, doors, windows, and other architectural details are immensely fun, so much so that this week’s Fun Photo Friday will be devoted to the experience.


Santorini colors

Perhaps the most famous of structures on this tiny island, however, are the blue-domed churches that dot the landscape.

Santorini blue-domed church

Not all the churches here are so adorned. Others sport some really impressive bells instead.

Santorini church

But even the homes have something to offer the photographer.


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