The Dogs of Santorini
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The Dogs of Santorini
Akrotiri (red beach) chapel.
Santorini is the most popular island in Greece.
The local slogan is "More churches than houses.."
..more donkeys than people...
Ascent from Fira beach
(sometimes lots more donkeys than people)
Ether Club, Exo Gonia
... and more wine than water.
Classsic Santorini Caldera sunset
But the sunsets over the western cliffs are what draw the crowds.
s for everyone!
Where there's crowds there's kitsch.
Off season the 14 villages belong to the locals.
Fira - path to Phirostefa
le violence that underscore
s the tranquilit
y of the island today...
When humans eventually returned, those too poor to build fortified.
Nowadays the accomodati
ons are more refined but still charmingly simple.
For all the pride in the very ancient Cycladic friezes and pottery recovered.
The white buildings contrast against the blue water that rushed in to...
That was about 2,500 years ago.
Behind the Panagia Papabdi cathedral
Despite the likely eventualit
y of another erruption, Santorini keeps building.
ntly. These bags of cement were left out in the rain all...
The northern town of Oia is the most pituresque with Fira now the commercial
Oia path to Finikia
re features this peaked chimney (usually without someone...
And like much everything else, is repeatedly painted white.
Oia's Armeni beach
With some notable exceptions
Santorini never quite recovered from the loss of its fishing fleet after the...
Painting and building are never-endi
s, perhaps in an...
Kamari (Black beach)
Even as a visitor, one feels one ought to join in.
Land of the gods
Lawrence Durrell wrote that Greeks have dreamed the dream of life better than...
But when I die I want to be reincarnat
ed and come back....
... as one of the stray dogs ...
... well cared for by the human community ...
.... healthy, curious, full of eager playfulnes
Nicholas and Michael
... with an active social life ...
... free to roam ...
... the streets and sights ...
... of Santorini.
Beauties and the beasts
That would be heaven.
But for now we must leave.
article published 4/4/2005
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