This photo is of the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, taken from the small northernmost historic town of Oia that is quite famous for it's white walled buildings and blue domed churches. The cliffs of Santorini are nearly 1000 feet high and are actually the remnants of a volcanic crater that is believed to have exploded violently at approximately 1500 BC. This massive eruption is thought to have wiped out the Minoan civilation on the nearby island of Crete. The eruption seems to have inspired certain Greek myths and it has been speculated that the Minoan eruption and the destruction of the city at Akrotiri provided the basis for or otherwise inspired Plato's story of Atlantis. Akrotiri is still being excavated presently and already, they have uncovered multi story buildings and ancient walled murals/paintings that rival those found in Pompeii.
I've been very fortunate to travel to some rather exotic locations but I must say that Santorini is one of my absolute favorites. There are several settlements that make up present day Santorini. I stayed in a small 8 unit apartment complex in the nearby township of Fira that is quite a bit larger than Oia and is home to the main port for cruise ships that frequent this very poplular tourist destination year round. Every evening, I would sit on my private veranda and take in what is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Talk about the photographer's paradise, I literally never put my camera down for the entire week I was there. Around every corner was a scene that seemed straight from a postcard or story book.
I hope to post more from my travel portfolio over the coming weeks, including more shots from this beautiful Greek island. Hope you all have a fantastic week!