Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited
With 33 countries under my belt, I’ve experienced some of the most amazing cities that the world has to offer. From great beaches, climate, friendly people, personal interests, world-famous attractions, architecture, history and culture, there are many different factors that make a city great, let alone top ten!
#7 Santorini, Greece – The City Above the Sea!
Not only is Santorini one of the most beautiful islands in the world, it is also geologically and archaeologically one of the most dramatic.The mythical, ancient island, which I know… is not technically a city, felt like no other place on earth. Here, everything was brighter and more beautiful: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the sparkling Aegean Sea, and the breathtaking sunsets. When I first arrived, I couldn’t help feeling like I stepped back in time to another era when time seemed to move at a lot slower pace. The relaxing atmosphere and the multi-colored beaches of Santorini made it the perfect location to kick back, relax, and enjoy life after several weeks of backpacking.
When I sat on the deck of the hotel hanging ominously over the edge of a cliff in Oia Village, I forgot that everything else existed in the world. Nothing else mattered and nothing else was important, except basking in the eternal magnificence that surrounded me. It was the first time in my life that I let everything else go and truly relaxed.
Oia Village was the best place to watch the Santorini sunset with the most magnificant views of the nearby island of Thirasia and almost the entire island of Santorini.
From Oia, we went down the 300 steps to Ammoudi Port and Armeni Beach. Small white houses tiered the hillside, interspersed by splashes of deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, and earthy red. Around every corner of the smooth, winding interconnected paths there was something new to discover.
Santorini offered peace and quiet and allowed me to recharge my batteries for the rest of
my backpacking journey around Europe. The uninterrupted sun that sank below the horizon and the never-ending Aegean Sea made discovering Santorini a treasure. It is an island like no other in the world.
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