Santorini is quite simply spectacular. Made by the remianents of a super volcano of which all that is left is the caldera (Greek for crater). The white washed villages perch on the cliff edge looking out over the crater and offer amazing sunsets.
Each layer you can see in the side of the cliff was an eruption. The dark layers are magma and the white are ash falls that turned to pumice. Apparently the 1000m high cone of the volcano sank in a cataclysmic even that may be caused a tsunami that ended the Mynoean empire by wiping the capital in Crete off the map.
More lively that Santorini and much more touristy (e.g. Down under bar and Scandinavian Disco etc). I really liked Mykonos with all its jewelry shops and water front bars hidden in the white washed warren of “little Venice”.
Funny thing I noteced back in Santorini is that there are no tides here. The sea level is constant and so buildings are built very close to sea level with out issue. Very curious.
On Paros now – a sleepy fishing island with its own white washed maze of streets and the best Gyros we have had so far from ‘Zorbas’.
Catching an 11pm boat to Samos tonight and have paid for the privilege of sitting inside for the 5-8 hour trip..I think that was 5 euros well spent personally;)