Traveling to Greece was the best thing I did this year. Felt an extraordinary connection with the place and the people. This is Oia ( pronounced as eeaa) village in Santorini at sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the comfort and simplicity that Nicobar clothing provide and my choice for this early morning shoot was this easy breezy dress that I had got just before the trip. Whilst I look all poised and calm, trust me, climbing these rocks for these serene shots was life threatening  (almost). Not only were the rocks moist with dew but there was also a bone chilling windchill. My NorthIndian bones helped me stay planted and firm and I was wistfully left without any footwear most of the morning.

https://www.nicobar.com/

 

 

 

 

Blue domed churches are quite unique  to Greece. Beautiful sunrises and  sunsets made every moment photo worthy. Asymmetrical domes and cubes with rough textures in pristine white accented with the blues had left me mesmerized.

 

 

The bougainvillea is a beautiful Creeper, an integral element of the Greek cycladic Island landscape. A must do is a beautiful walk from from Fira village to Oia. Since I was staying at Imerovigli I decided to start from there. Please do not forget your hat, sunglasses and VERY comfortable walking shoes. It can be a bit tiring as the sun gets quite harsh during the day but the beautiful view of the caldera will make it worth its while.

 

 

We stayed in a beautiful villa called Errosea villas in the Imerovigli village with the most stunning views

http://www.erosseavilla.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is the Oia Village right behind me!

Now what is a trip without a little shopping ?  The treasure I found was this store called Ecru (Oia).Most of the shops are high end and have a curated collection of luxury brands but this was all local. Beautiful draped skirts and tops in the softest linen and linen silks. Have a look…

 

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/greece/articles/the-10-best-boutiques-in-santorini/

 

 

 

 

Santorini produces some famous wines, other products like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, fresh cheese and kapari are on every mezze platter. Other dishes that I tried was the  fava (split peas) and Tomatokeftedes (fried snack made from tomatoes). There are plenty of restaurants in Oia village and Imerovigli but I would suggest find a local  family run taverna for some authentic greek cuisine. We ate at Avacado and Anogi which was walking distance from our villa and both were fabulous.

There are many local shops selling organic Olives and other skincare made from Olives. If you are returning from Athens I suggest you wait to pick up all the heavy items towards the end of your trip.Traveling from one island to the next is usually in small aircrafts or by boat so its best you keep it as light as possible.

And for the cats they are everywhere, very oblivious to all the touristy activity around them. I did not mind them at all !

I do want to write about Mykonos but let me save that for later.

Thanks to my handsome photographer Tasos without whom this rock climbing expedition would have been impossible.

http://www.photography-santorini.com/