The Blue and White Island.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou know how some blog posts just pour from your mind fully formed, you hit the keyboard and there it is in front of you. You also know those blog posts that just won’t happen. You know what you want to write about, you know how it needs to go down on the page but for some inexplicable reason it just won’t happen.

Well, this post is one of the latter. I’ve been trying to write a post on Santorini since I first started this blog almost a year ago (hard to imagine I’ve been doing this for nearly 12 months now). I knew what I wanted to say, about the island and its history, but for some reason I just couldn’t put it together.

I still can’t but I’m waiting no longer, I’ll give you the shortened version of what I’ve been trying to compose all these months.

For years Santorini was at the top of my ‘to do – eventually’ list.

During my forties and fifties, while studying Ancient History for my degree, I’d learnt all about the history of the island. I’d studied the Minoan civilisation and seen the pictures of the magnificent wall paintings that had survived from that time, I’d learnt about the eruption of the volcano, one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, that destroyed a larger island and created the current caldera, and of course I’d seen the famous photos of this blue and white island in many gift shops.

But at that point in my life a trip to this beautiful Greek island was an unrealistic dream.

Then …..

Things changed, life moved on and in 2007 I got to sail over that caldera, gazing, speechless, from the rails of the ferry, at the sheer cliffs topped by the capital of the island, Fira, that we were heading for.

Up to this point, nowhere else that I’ve visited has had such a profound effect on me. I’ve been to some wonderful places, seen some brilliant scenery and experienced different cultures but nothing has come close to the emotional effect this place had on me.

There were tears in my eyes, but I couldn’t put into words how I felt. I still don’t think I can.

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Not goodbye - just au revoir

Not goodbye – just au revoir

14 Comments

  1. Oh boy can I relate – I’ve struggling to cough up a hairball of a post. Sometimes you just have to get it out there! My sister and I hope to get to Santorini in the next couple years so may reach out to you for advice.

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    • Unfortunately I was only there for the day – we stayed on Crete for 3 weeks and just took a day trip over by ferry – next time I want to go for longer :-)

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  2. I visited Santorini in 2001. I “get” having difficulty putting into words what you experienced. Your pictures reflect it beautifully. Thank you for this post – it brought back such wonderful memories.

    And in the meantime, I too am struggling with getting posts out there – What is it? I have SO MANY ideas right now as I sit in the airport of Colombo, Sri Lanka, but nothing will come out!

    I guess like all other things… It has it’s time & place…

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    • The joys of thinking of oneself as a writer – sometimes we just can’t!

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  3. Great pictures that nudged my memory. I have been to Santorini several times and always find it very photogenic but I find it spoilt now by the sheer number of visitors especially now that so many cruise ships drop by. If you go to the Greek Islands again, Milos is just as pretty and just as volcanic but far few visitors and Amorgos and Folegandros are simply wonderful!

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    • I would definately like to revisit the Greek islands and will certainly keep your advice in mind, thanks.

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  4. Yu pics gave me goosebumps. Santorini is on my bucket list- maybe for my 50th birthday…maybe…

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  5. Love your pictures and your account of visiting it is very moving. This is a place that has been on my list for a long time. I do hope I make it there one day as I would dearly love to photograph it.

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  6. Beautiful photos you have caught the amazing colours, I think when you have researched the background of a place you can enter into the culture and spirit of a place.

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    • Knowing the history of a place certainly does make a difference.

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