The Greek island Santorini is simply the most beautiful place on the planet.
Santorini is a partially submerged volcano that creates a unique crescent shape. Thera, the main town, spills over the tall caldera cliffs with walkways winding through the freshly whitewashed shops, restaurants, hotels, and homes. Blue rooftops and hot pink bougainvillea cascading over buildings and walls add vibrant splashes of color. The deep blue Aegean blends with the clear sky and surrounds the island.
Santorini has something to please most every vacation goal—history, beach, geology, nightlife, vineyards, shopping, and sunsets. Some of my favorites are a visit to Akrotiri to see the very well-preserved Neolithic archaeological site some believe could be the lost city of Atlantis. The black stone or sand beaches are breathtaking. I enjoy relaxing on the beach, but diving is amazing with caves, wrecks, and colorful sea creatures. It’s also very interesting to take the short boat ride across the lagoon to tour the dormant volcano and hot springs.
After a full day, I recommend wandering the streets of Thera and exploring the shops with clothing and locally made jewelry, crafts, and art. Chat with the shopkeepers and you’ll run across a few who vacationed on Santorini and never left. Then it’s time to relax with a glass of wine and feast on the fresh Greek cuisine—perhaps a meze (appetizer) platter with dolmathes, spanakopita, tzatziki and warm pita bread, kalamata olives, saganaki, and a horiatiki (village) salad. You’ll run across dozens of the famous cats of Greece as you explore.
The town of Oia is the place to go for sunrises and sunsets in the most vibrant pinks and fiery oranges you’ll never forget. I recommend staying in Oia unless you want to be in the center of nightlife. There are beautiful inns, along with restaurants, cafes and regular buses and taxis that can take you to Thera.
My maternal heritage is Greek from the island of Chios, which also has a rich and less touristy culture. I’ve traveled to Greece since I was two years old. In appreciation of my love of the Greek island beauty, we decorated our dream home in their calming colors—cobalt blue, yellow, okra, grey and white. Gillian, the main character in Becker Circle, references her Greek mother and I suppose there’s a tad of that strong Greek determination in her.
My goal now is to visit Chios and Santorini with the love of my life so we can make our own memories.
About Addison Brae
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About Becker Circle
New degree. New job. It’s Gillian’s fresh start across the country. So much to experience. A giant past to forget. Her sense of humor and best friend help her maintain her self-respect when most every jerk in the neighborhood hits on her. Who could know trying to meet people could threaten her dignity and her life? Download Becker Circle for 50% off on Smashwords in July 2018. Use code SSW50 at checkout.
Becker Circle by Addison Brae
New starts mean new rules. Can she triumph through the challenges?
My boyfriend believed I was too gutless to leave. He was dead wrong. I graduated Harvard early and left his hot temper and everyone else behind for Dallas. Determined to make it on my own, I land a second job bartending at the neighborhood pub, smack in the middle of drama central, where almost every jerk in the neighborhood hits on me.
A week into the job, the neighborhood’s very popular drug dealer falls to his death a few feet from the table I’m serving. The cops say suicide, but the hot guitar player in the house band and I suspect foul play, and we intend to prove it. Digging deeper, we’re drawn closer to each other. Then we make a shocking discovery. We know the murderer.
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