Thursday, 14 October 2010

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece looks absolutely beautiful. I've never been there, but it is definitely on my wish list.

Santorini is a volcanic island located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland. It is what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion.
In 1956 a major earthquake and a volcanic eruption resulted in the demolishing of many buildings on the island, leading to the desertion of many of its villages. These days, due to tourism, the island has rebuilt and is prosperous.

From the reading I've done, I know that the island has small wineries that provide the fruit for the Kánava wineries. It also used to have pumice quarries. Because of the volcanic ash soil, this island has some lucious produce such as cherry tomatoes, white eggplants and a variety of large cucumbers called katsoúni that apparently have a sweet taste like a melon.
Houses on Santorini are often low and cubical. They are made from the local stone and are often whitewashed with volcanic ashes used as colours. The houses are built into the surrounding pumice, which also provides unique insulation because of its porous quality.

Yep, I'm putting this place on my wish list.

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