When you hear the word “Santorini”, images instantly comes to mind. Cascading whitewashed buildings with perfectly sculpted walls and arches decorating the inside edge of the crater of an active, though presently dormant volcano. Views out over the Mediterranean blue of the mostly underwater caldera. When you arrive by water you are cruising across the inside of the volcano.
A short 8km boat ride across Kawau Bay from Sandspit, Warkworth will transport you to the beautiful Kawau Island New Zealand. There are ferries and water taxis that leave from Sandspit daily, or take your own boat out for a spin. The island has three harbours: Bon Accord Harbour, North Cove, and South Cove. Most residents rely on direct waterfront access and have private wharves for entrance to their homes. Other residents choose to live on their boats anchored in one of the harbours.
The Meteora are rock formations shaped as a result of the erosion of wind and rain over time creating separate pillars of various height and width. Centuries ago, monks seeking quiet solitude for their devotions created small places of prayer by making cells inside caves that had eroded from the side of the rocks, and the area came to be known as a holy place. Amazingly, around the 14th Century, many Meteora monasteries started to be built at the very top of the rock pillars, access being gained only by removable ladders and winch systems used to haul up baskets and nets – for goods and people!!. Continue reading Meteora Monasteries in Greece
Naxos is the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades group, robed with pristine beaches on its coastline, and surrounded by blue Mediterranean beauty. Inland there are ancient ruins, and traditional villages amphitheatrically cascading down the slopes of the mountains they nestle against. According to Greek Mythology, the young Zeus was raised in a cave on Mt Zas ( ‘Zas’ meaning ‘Zeus’) in the centre of Naxos island, on the tallest peak in the Cyclades. Naxos also happens to be conveniently located close to other Greek Islands and is a fantastic base to do some Greek Island hopping!
Chania is an exceptionally charming town with cobblestone streets abounding with history. In the old town area you will find quaint hotels and buildings butted up against byzantine walls, nearby to an amiable Venetian harbour lined with waterfront restaurants, cafes and historic monuments. Continue reading Chania Old Town – Western Crete