The Greek Isles deserve their reputation for mythical beauty, and of all the Greek Isles, I think Santorini is the most famous and splendid. What I didn’t realize is it that Santorini is actually a group of islands. It is a volcanic caldera
formed by one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions some 3,600 years ago. The steep cliffs are nearly 1000 feet high and the lagoon over 1,300 feet deep! The day we visited, it was a cloudless 80° with a soft wind blowing—a perfect (but typical) summer day! Temperatures range from about 49-82°F year round, and there’s nearly always a breeze blowing. In fact, winds from 35-61 mph are not uncommon, so all their grape vineyards sprawl flat on the ground to keep from being destroyed by the winds! Our ship, the MSC Sinfonia, anchored in the lagoon, and everyone had to “tender” (take a ferry from the ship) to Skala Port. There is a donkey trail between Skala Port and Fira, the town built atop the cliff there, but to save time, energy, and Alan’s allergic nose, we zipped up on one of their efficient cable cars, which gave us breathtaking views of the area for miles around! Although it would have been pleasant to spend the day exploring Fira, the most famous areas are Imerovigli and Oia, considerable drives from Fira, so we hired a very good-natured taxi driver
who was willing to stuff all eight of us into his van. Per hour, this was by far the easiest and most cost-effective way to tour a large group (especially with small children), and our knowledgeable driver gave us phenomenal driving and walking tours of some of the island’s most picturesque places.
Well, I’ll have to share the rest of our adventures in Santorini tomorrow, because my time is up! At noon on Thursdays (EST), I join a prayer meeting at the Aqueduct Prayer Center. If you ever want to join us, here’s the link:
(then click where it says to click for the “live video conference call”). Anywhere in the world there’s internet, there’s potential for a prayer meeting together! Let me know if you want to join!
Meanwhile, I just finished praying with Catherine through Psalm 92, and I want to share two verses of that beautiful psalm with you as today’s benediction: “For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep” (Psalm 92:4-5). Remembering the beauty of Santorini makes me very glad, and I know His thoughts are deeper than the deepest harbor!