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It was so delightful to find this charming little window in Santorini, Greece peeking out from a rustic building. Nothing fancy, but it's simplicity speaks for itself. Trailing up the wall was this orange Bougainvillea prolific with blossoms. Pretty little yellow flowers in pots stood out against the dark interior through the opening of the window.

We arrived in Santorini on a cruise ship during a thirty day trip. At first glance Santorini stands out like a giant white rock in the sea. As you get closer you wonder how in the heck are you gonna get up there. Fira, the capital rises up from the sea almost straight up 260m high. The whitewashed and colorful houses appear to be carved into it’s façade as you stare from a distance at Santorini. Churches, shops and cafes resting on stepped streets run up, down and around all of Santorini. The bright blue domes of Santorini Churches stand out austerely against the bright white architecture that support them. The only way to get there is to either walk, ride a donkey or take the cable car people mover. We were warned about riding a donkey as they can bump up against the walls of the trails as they climb. Unless you're in really good shape and love exercise, you won't want to walk up the long steep trail. The most efficient way to get to the top of Santorini is to take the cable car which in itself is a little daunting because of the abrupt steepness. From Fira, We could see all of the western panoramic scenes of Santorini.

Because we could eat on the ship, we only wanted a light lunch and a glass of wine. There are many cafes in Santorini, some with breathtaking views and some tucked away in little alleys. Unfortunately, I didn't do my homework and search out the best places to eat in Santorini on Tripadvisor before we left on our trip. There were so many stops on this long cruise and we were only going to be in Santorini for a couple of days. We did get lucky and found a nice place with a pleasant view of the other side of the island and had a light snack of Tomatokeftedes (fried tomatoe balls) with crusty bread. It was reasonable and delightful. It was called Roof Garden Cafe and it was exactly that, a roof garden nestled high in the cliffs of Santorini.




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