Greek Trip, Day 9, Sunday 26 September 2010, Santorini
Greece is a strongly Greek Orthodox country. However, Santorini like the other islands we had visited to this point, was ruled by Venice for an extended period.
As part of the religious sub-text in Greek history, Catholic and Orthodox contended. During Venetian rule, Roman Catholic influence spread, but then declined sharply during the Ottoman period. Traces of Catholic influence remain.
I have spoken of the Thera Foundation before in my story on Akrotiri. Just to add a further fresco.
After lunch and a nap we caught to bus to Oia to see the sunset. Those sunsets!
Only on Santorini would I have done this. After all, I I have spent much of my life staying out of the late western afternoon sun! It's just to bloody hot. Now I bake in the name of the visitor experience. Oia is quite pretty. This is the church.
Frustrated, we found a Cypriot restaurant and had a very nice dinner. Yes, they did advertise sunset views, but this was actually a little misleading. There were nice views, but not quite to the direct west.
And so ended our last day on Santorini.