Livin’ on the (caldera) edge

Day 33
Santorini, Greece

My eighth ferry of this trip around the world left Mykonos a little before 3 p.m. — about 2.5 hours later, we had arrived here in Santorini, a spectacular island with a long and tumultuous tectonic history. Around 1650 B.C., Santorini was ground zero for what some have described as the largest explosion in the history of our planet. A series of earthquakes and volcanic activity created a 36 km high ash cloud. So much magma (about 30 km worth) was spewed that the center of this island actually collapsed, forming a caldera that the Aegean Sea quickly filled.

After a short transfer from the port of Athinios, we arrived in Fira, the largest town on the island. Our two-bedroom apartment, Enigma, has been built directly into the island’s rocky mountainside. It’s about 100 steps down to our front door, but the views of the multi-colored cliffs, surrounding buildings and the caldera at sunset were dramatic, to say the least.

All we needed to complete the picture? A glass of local Santorini white wine.

Problem solved.


  1. The picture with the white whine is SO beautiful!

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