Here we are, my last Santorini post (until and unless we visit again). I’m a bit heavy hearted writing this in light of last night’s attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. I won’t be gross and make this about me but there is just something so chilling about attacks specifically targeted at institutions and establishments that are meant to bring us together and not rip us further apart. My heart is aching for yet another group of people who were simply trying to come home or go on an adventure being cut down. Travel is one of those things in which almost everyone can find a common ground and to see the sanctity of that chipped away and eroded – coupled with the loss of life and surge of hatred and violence – is just heartbreaking.
I know that on a deeper level the significance of this attack in Turkey is different, especially as it occurred during Ramadan. It wasn’t an attack on “travel” at all, but it is a catalyst to reflect. We’ve been truly lucky to be able to travel as extensively as we have and to have done so in relative safety and I guess I just hope that as we go through the next days and weeks and months and years that we find our way to a place where this sort of monstrosity is an awful, distant memory.
Okay. I want to end this on a high note and perhaps provide a little cheer in the midst of the doom and gloom of today. Let’s take a look through one of our last days in Greece, which as you know from yesterday, we spent in Oía.
I think this will definitely sound a little silly, but I was pretty nervous about taking photos in Santorini. Instagram is awash with beautiful shots of the city and its famous sunset and part of me wondered if I was anywhere near up to the task of taking a “worthy” photo. Obvious implications of an unhealthy comparison complex aside, I really wanted to capture what we saw and experienced on a trip that held such significance for us. Thankfully, I think I did OK, and we’re going to be framing a few shots for our new house including, I think, this one of the windmill below!
And maybe this one for my office because I have heart eye emojis for my husband for days.
Once we tucked in to our terrace table to watch the sun set I immediately noticed a couple taking a seemingly well-rehearsed series of selfies. They were so cute and determined and had they not been so far away I would have loved to get their information to send these photos to them! Can you spot them in the shots below?
There was a lovely celebratory atmosphere around us while watching the sunset. We were next to a big group that (I think?) were having a reunion of sorts, so bubbles were flowing and there were smiles all around. We had a toast to our trip and our marriage and our future and soaked in all of the positive energy surrounding us.
In all, it was the perfect trip with the perfect partner.
And now, you’re FREE! That’s it! No more Santorini. 😉