On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

And so this is the wonderful post that was suppose to usher in a great week. So sorry for the two misfires.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


Today, pictures from valued commenter Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes.

So we moved onto another property on Santorini, overlooking the Caldera from a point a little northeast of Akrotiri.

Taken on 2019-06-24 00:00:00

Akrotiri, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

Around 4000 years ago, the merchants of Akrotiri lived in a city with running water, a sewage system and a functioning city administration. Fleets of Minoan sailors plied through the eastern Mediterranean bringing trade goods.

Then came the volcanic eruption 3500 years ago – the largest one experienced by man to date.

Thera erupted over a series of years. It scoured the island of life and sent giant tsunamis into the economic and political guts of Minoan society, devastating the vital coastal area of Crete and trading outposts in the Cyclades. The wound was a mortal blow for Minoan hegemony – within 150 years, the Mycenaeans ruled throughout Crete. Egypt recorded apocalyptic rainfalls during this period, and the Chinese recorded stunted cereal growth, an obscured sun, and frost in July.

It took over 300 years for people to return to Thera. The very landscape had changed, and previous settlements were buried under 100 feet of ash and rock. This small piece of Akrotiri (maybe 10%) didn’t even begin being excavated until its discovery on a weird hunch in 1967. In order to preserve it from the elements, private foundations and the Greek government decided to enclose the excavated portion.

I found the site deeply moving, and well worth taking the time to see.

Astarte Suites, Santorini

This was the view from the hot tub on our private terrace.

Yeah, it was super romantic – you can let all of your imaginations run wild….

Astarte Suites, Santorini

Here’s a short clip from the terrace, a daytime shot spanning the Caldera (the remnant of two great eruptions, the first being in 22,000 BC, the second in the 17th century BC). The village to the left across the Caldera is Oia, the large one being Fira.


Thank you so much Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes, do send us more when you can.


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8 replies
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    David Evans says:

    The video clip is wonderful. I’ve seen still photos of Santorini (and been to Knossos which is also very good) but none of them gives such a sense of the place.

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    p.a. says:

    When I was a kid I read Olivia Coolidge’s The Trojan War and have been fascinated with the Mycenaean, and by osmosis Cretan, worlds. I would love to see the remains of Periclean Athens and classical Greece, but the older cultures are the real draw for me. Thank you.

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    waratah says:

    Wonderful photos. The view from the cruise ship was breath taking too. We thought to have a small taste of several islands would help us to decide where we would want to spend more time. The islands have so much history and beauty it is hard to decide.
    My daughter bought a can of the famous small tomatoes, I keep forgetting we have it.

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    debbie says:


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    JPL says:

    The pictures are amazing, as is the video. Let me be the first to admit that I’m green with envy. lol

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Thanks, Botsy! And Alain, of course.

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    Barbara says:

    You are making me want to go back to Greece. I loved Greece and I found the archeological remains to be moving as well. I found the hilltop remains at Mycenae were the most remarkable.

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    Mo MacArbie says:

    So, you’re saying there’s no Thera there?

    There there, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

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