Monday, 30 June 2014

Destination Santorini - Part One!

Since I don't have much in the way of crafting to share with you all I thought you might like to see where we went on holiday.
We love Greece, the food and the people, such a lovely friendly race and we have been lucky enough to holiday on several Greek Islands over the years.  
Mark has wanted to visit Santorini for a while now but it's always come out quite expensive but a few months ago we came upon quite a good deal.  We only booked for a week and it went by all too quickly, this is now my most favourite Greek destination :-)

For those who want to read a little of the history of Santorini you can find it here.  It is one of the most beautiful places we have been in a long time and we are already thinking of booking again.
So, without any more rambling from me here is Santorini, part 1.

The following were taken in Oia (it's built on the hillside)

Lots of people visit Oia to see the sunset

There are various vantage points, these people are sitting on an ancient fortress

Unfortunately for us the evening we visited the sunset wasn't very spectacular, but we still enjoyed the atmosphere.

I wonder where this door leads to?
Not one of the fancy hillside hotels I fear, lol

Donkeys seemed to be the popular mode of transport because everything is on the steep side, although these looks like mules, a little on the large side for a donkey,

These I took around the hotel we were staying in, It was only a small place but was very well kept and clean.

I don't know the significance of the windmill, we did see some really large ones on the way to Oia which were obviously being lived in.

I have a 'thing' about windows, and this one appealed to me :-)

The pool wasn't huge, just enough to have a little swim around and cool down and as there were hardly any people around it suited us just fine.

 Saw plenty of these little critters running around :-)

And just to end on a crafty note, I spied these crochet belts in one of the shops in Oia. Proving that crochet is cool, lol

 I hope you enjoyed my little tour, I will be back in a few days with part 2.....if you can bare it, lol

Until next time


valerie said...

Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit Greece someday. It looks as though you had a great time!

Tina said...

It looks beautiful,reminds me of Mijas in Spain.
Glad you had a lovely time

Von said...

Oh, my goodness, it's so beautiful!! What a wonderful vacation.

butterfly said...

What a lovely place to visit I will write the name down as a place to visit.

Krista said...

Beautiful photos! Love how everything is white in contrast to the blue water, very fresh and striking! Thanks for sharing.

cucki said...

Wow it's so beautiful xx

Clare-Aimetu said...

It looks so beautiful Maggie and sounds like you had lovely relaxing holiday x x

Ali said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

What lovely photos. No wonder Santorini is popular. Looking forward to the next installment.

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us! Wish I was there!

Penny said...

What beautiful pictures, Maggie! Greece is on my list of places I would love to visit one day.

Julie said...

My brother had a first trip to Santorini back in May, they loved it too.
Gorgeous pics Maggie, did you buy a belt or are you whipping one up with your own hook at present! lol.

Mylene said...

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing...wish we can go away for a vacation too...

Melanie said...

Just stunning! What a beautiful place to visit. I'm totally jealous. (Kidding, of course. I'm sure you needed a break after the craziness this year with the house and all.)

Maureen said...

Oh. Such prettiness! Thanks for sharing x
(now I really want a holiday lol)

Melanie said...

Fabulous view from your kitchen! And I quite like the wallpaper in the pantry. Everything looks so green and pretty in your yard. You're going to have a glorious spring there for sure. :)

Even the crochet is colorful. Just lovely photos of everything.

A handy trick for picking out big color projects is to take a black/white photo of them together (or turn it black/white in Photoshop). If it looks muddled and mostly the same color gray then you don't have enough contrast in 'value'. Projects with a high contrast in value are more pleasing to the eye in a way that is difficult to describe but it definitely is important. Depending on how you are using these colors, you might want to switch some of them out (particularly a blue or two) for something with a better value. I looked at this in Photoshop and you have 5 colors that are basically the same value wise, with the other 4 being a good contrast. Now if you are using the same value ones against the high value ones, it will be fine. If you are using two low value blues together, they won't work together as well. Or not. This is all probably more complicated than you wanted but it's something I put to use when choosing colors for my Fair Isle knitting. At any rate, a white will give you another high contrast value in there so I say go for it.

MysteryKnitter said...

Pretty pictures.