summer - part VI - fin

Added on by Justin Vekinis.

Last post about the summer. This focuses on Santorini and a little bit on Spetses.

Santorini is a beautiful island. It's the result of a massive volcanic explosion nearly 4,000 years ago. The volcanic eruption created a caldera (when the land falls into the sea after the volcanic pressure is gone), which means one side of the island drops 300m (900ft) straight into the sea. To beautiful effect:

 

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 Santorini is beautiful with the lights of the night.

Santorini is beautiful with the lights of the night.

Right around sunset time, people will flock to the streets to find an edge where they can watch the sunset from the island. There are beautiful sunsets because of the visibility you have looking out into the Sea.

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 This was taken from a restaurant that is right on the water. As in, you're effectively on a pier and the water splashes up against you on occasion.

This was taken from a restaurant that is right on the water. As in, you're effectively on a pier and the water splashes up against you on occasion.

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During the day, we mainly toured around the island on an ATV (a must if you visit). Going to some of the beaches (there are red, white, and black sand beaches on the island) and exploring other parts of the island. 

While checking out the city of Ancient Thira, we managed to spot a hawk that was just about to go in for the kill. 

 The GX1 did a decent job of capturing it swooping down.

The GX1 did a decent job of capturing it swooping down.

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 Drinks are incredibly expensive on the island, though.

Drinks are incredibly expensive on the island, though.

 Yum!

Yum!

We also went to the island of Spetses, but were having too much fun to remember to take many photos. Oops.

That wraps up the summer photos series. We had a great time and traveled a ton (24,000km/10,000mi). It was great being able to see all my family throughout and just exploring new (and old) places.