A Santorini Sunset from Oia

The Great Escape Plan started in Santorini, Greece…the first stop in a year long adventure and the island lived up to its billing as one of the most magical places on Earth.  Of course, we knew what to expect because it’s a familiar destination–where we got married five years ago.  Still, Santorini is a place you can return to over and over.

Here’s why…we woke up everyday to breathtaking caldera views and ended our days with amazing sunsets.  Sensyo, the place we stayed at for two weeks, sits 200 meters above sea level on top of a volcanic crater with uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea.  But the island has so much more to offer.

We visited Akrotiri where the ancient ruins show how people lived thousands of years before Christ.  Took a private tour of the museum housing Akrotiri’s treasures. Frescoes, pottery, and furniture all discovered at Akrotiri well-preserved by the volcano eruption. We visited the Red Beach and the black beach known as Perissa…Sophia’s favorite place to play.  We ate yummy food and interviewed one of the island’s best chefs.

Toured the wineries with some of our dearest friends from the U.S.  Along the way we interviewed the owner of the winery where my favorite Vinsanto–a desert wine– is made.  We shopped in the main center during the day and strolled through the stone streets at night to see the action.  We also toured an organic farm and learned a little more of Santorini’s agriculture.  It was an amazing and delicious experience.

Some days we just relaxed in our cozy studio built in a cave that’s more than 400-years old.  Overall it was a fantastic trip and as I like to say it’s one trip in the journey of a lifetime.  Now The Great Escape Plan moves on to the next destination.  We’ll be sailing to the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese.  So we leave a magical place and continue our colossal quest.

~Anna Tataris De Jesus~

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