Thursday, 13 September 2012

Oia

 

Oia is one of the villages in Santorini on the edge of one of the peninsulas, seen here from Phera, the island's capital



Whitewashed houses, narrow streets and alleyways




odd little buildings




lots of churches - apparently, in Santorini there is one church for every ten people




wonderful ceilings




arches that lead to the sea




gates that seem to lead nowhere




busy streets packed with shops for the tourists (and it is all bearable until the hundreds from the cruise ships arrive like a swarm of locusts and then you have to escape to the quieter parts of the village because fortunately, all those hoards never leave the five or six main streets)




some buildings that are not brilliant white




I had to include the donkey




fantastic architecture on the cliff




views of the rocks of Therasia




the ruins of the old castle on the point of the peninsula




windmills




a closer look




good views of Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni in the distance




variations on the white theme




another view of the old castle




belfries




churches that aren't painted white




more churches




vaulted roofs




red voukamvilia to break up the white




a bit of lilac to liven things up




more breathtaking views




pretty houses




gates that seem to lead nowhere




chimneys




more vaulted roofs




yet another church




from a different angle because of its simplicity




blindingly white steps




white pebbles on the roofs




everything with the backdrop of blue sea and sky




finally, time for some lunch.



5 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures.

    I see now that there are other colours than brilliant blue and brilliant white in the Greek Islands. But only a little!!

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    1. Thanks Mick.

      Hardly any white in sight in Andros - not sure when I will be blogging about Andros, as I am very very behind, but you will be amazed by all the colours!

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  2. Σαν φωτογραφίες απο καρτ-ποστάλ είναι!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
    Δυστυχώς δε μ αφήνει να κάνω τώρα σχόλια σαν Τατιάνα.... πφφφφφφ!

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    1. Thank you, Alimos online. I appreciate your comment.

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