The traditional village of OIA 11 km to the north of Fira, is a place of incomparable beauty. The unique appeal of Oia or Ia lies in its little houses, hewn out of the soft rock, with some of them white-washed and others painted blue or ochre. There are basically only two streets, one with traffic and the much more pleasant inland pedestrian lane, Odos Nikolaos Nomikou, paved with marble and lined with numerous jewelery shops, tavernas and bars. The remains of the ruined Lontza Castle at the western end of town is the best place to catch the famous Oia sunsets.
There is a superb view of the seas there - a photographer's dream. Friday evening the VT group was there to witness a splendid sunset.
Directly below lies the Beach of Amoudi. This is where we had our Friday VT Dinner ( The Sunset ). The only way to Ammoudi is by foot, going down 214 steps. The descent just about did me in. Thanks Jim (Outforlunch) for sticking with me on the way down. Those slippery, sloping stairs sure are treacherous. The hard part is the way up so thank god Galatea arranged for coaches for us.
Saturday June 2, 2007
VT Pirate ship trip to Thirassia
Off Santorini, near Oia, THIRASSIA is the largest of a chain of islets formed by volcanic activity and the only one inhabited. It is across the Caldera from Santorini.
It's sole village, Horio, is a pretty place with whitewashed houses, reached by a flight of 250 steps from the landing-place.
On Saturday, a large group of VTers went on the Island of Thirassia as part of the Pirate Ship trip. We all went up by donkeys (see my "Donkey" travelogue ) up to the Panorama Restaurant where we had lunch of traditional Greek food. There was amazing views from up there.
The most interesting thing about this Church was its bells. This Church is right at the edge of Caldera in Oia Valley and facing the great great Volcano. May be that's why the Volcano is peaceful since long ;-)
In a few words, its a marvellous little church in a little town of Oia. Walk on the street names ' Nikolaou Nomikou' it is right there.
There are indeed many blue domed churches in Santorini Island but this church is very different because of its location and decoration from others. We saw this church on our way from Fira to Perissa Beach. There are road signs which are very helpful and will guide u towards Perissa and on the way u will see this Church as well.
We just stopped here to take a few pictures and make movie. It was a Sunset View point but we saw some magificant views of Caldera from this place. It is worth stopping here for sometime and feeling the beauty of this Island.