Posts Tagged With: Greek Island

Secret Doors of the World

Door Oia Santorini Greece

Little House, Oia, Santorini, Greece.

I’ve found myself in some strange places. Camera in hand, partner and tourists rolling their eyes: it’s a door. Why is that man taking pictures of a door? I love the stuff that other people walk straight past.

Rusting door castlefield manchester

Rusting door, Castlefield, Manchester

It’s the mystery, the history, the peeling paint and the rust. Forgotten locks and handles, or maybe some overwrought filigree. To me, the texture of weathered neglect is beautiful.

weathered wall and iron gate santorini greece

Weathered wall and iron gates, Santorini, Greece

When the sleeve gets tugged I say ‘Go and flick through Facebook in the café – I’ve found something fascinating…’ There are hidden wonders to be found if you wander from the beaten track.

Hacienda Barcelona

Haçienda, Barcelona

Coming back from Parc Güell above Barcelona, I spotted this charming little haçienda and in my mind, I bought it and moved in straight away.

Art Nouveau Door Brussels

Fantastic Art Nouveau shop door, Brussels.

As beautiful as Brussels is, I could have spent all day in Grote Markt and missed this elaborate example of Art Nouveau architecture which was hiding down a side street. I stopped the traffic to get this shot, while the horns hooted.

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Santorini, Adio.

It’s difficult leaving an island like Santorini, particularly if you’re returning to the smouldering shops of Manchester. I will never complain about 35°C again. Everything they say about it is true: it’s impossibly beautiful, and seems to get more breath-taking every time you turn a corner. We had a garden apartment with a sea view, like a little Barbary Lane with a sun terrace and jacuzzi on the roof. There were lazy days soaking up the rays and nights were spent in the stylish cave-bars and restaurants which cling to the cliffs, watching the cruise ships and shuttles glowing far beneath us like deep-sea creatures in the dark. You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve woken up on the set of Mama Mia, and the sunsets looked like something out of a movie. I left my heart in San Francisco, but my flip-flops belong to Santorini.

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Legendary Santorini Sunset

Here’s the legendary sunset in Santorini. So impressive it gets a round of applause at the point of exit. Sun-crazed tourists whoop and scream their appreciation of Mother Nature, a primal reaction to pure unadulterated beauty. I think pagans have the right idea about the sun. It’s a thing of worship, even if I do have burnt forearms.

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More Santorini Vibes

I came here looking for the famous blue-domed church which features so seductively in all the pictures of Santorini. It wasn’t long before I realised there has been some kind of church-building competition which means there are almost as many blue domes as there are houses. They look like someone left a selection of wedding cakes across the island. Blue, peach, white… all of them handsome and striking. Apart from the peach. I’m not sure about the peach.


I’m using the WordPress app for iPhone by the way, and it seems to work like a dream, in case anyone’s interested. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi in Santorini seems to be like trying to pick up radio signals in World War II: any expressive hand gestures and you can forget about a signal.


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Santorini Vibes

I hate flying. It’s like being squashed into a cigar tube and fired from a cannon. We were aimed at Athens and bounced briefly off Belgium. Santorini is in the Greek archipelago and it’s famous for being the most beautiful island with the best sunsets on Earth. They have Wi-Fi!


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