MY TRIP TO SANTORINI ISLANDS IN GREECE (Post No.4120)

Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 2 August 2017
Time uploaded in London- 6-13 am
Post No. 4120
Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.

 

 

pictures by london swaminathan.

We went to Athens and Santorini Islands in Greece for six days in July 2017. The islands are volcanic islands and Hot water springs are in the middle of the sea. The ferry took us to the place where the sea water was heating up due to the volcanic rocks underneath. Tourists jumped from the boat into ocean and swam for 15 minutes and then all of them returned to the boat. I was just watching from the deck of the boat. Even children were swimming with the help of floating life jackets.

One young couple boarded the wrong boat and tried very hard to jump from one boat to other.  Husband succeeded but his wife with bikinis was struggling with fear and embarrassment. At last she managed to jump into our ferry.

If you look at all the pictures you can see the water colour changes from blue to green to yellow. The spot where the color of the water is yellow is the hottest place. swimmers go up to the point to get good hot water bath with sulphur content which will cure skin diseases. Volcanoes underneath is heating the water.

There are two important beaches in Santorini, one is with black sand beach and another is red beach. This is due to the volcanic activity in the islands. I have taken these pictures from the black sand beach. Santorini buildings are in white and blue colours. The churches have six or ten bells at the top. The domes of the churches are in Muslim’s mosque style. People come here for relaxing and to enjoy the breath taking views of the Agean sea , part of the Mediterranean sea. Palm leaf umbrellas are in thousands all along the coast which the tourists hire. They relax themselves there and get tanned in the sun bath.

 

Greece has 2000 islands and out of them 225 are inhabited. If you count all the protruding rocks you may say Greece has 6000 islands.

 

Biggest Volcanic Eruption

 

These volcanic islands have a long history. The biggest eruption happened around 1660 BC. and the Minoan civilization was destroyed because of the tsunami following the explosion or eruption. People believed that the Mysterious Atlantis continent disappeared because of this huge eruption. It must have affected Indus Valley Civilization and the legendary Tamil Kumari Kandam (Lemuria continent). The climatic changes after the biggest eruption in human history affected everyone on earth in one way or other.

Greece survive by tourism. Boarding and Lodging are more expensive in Santorini than in Athens. But the breath-taking views make the trip worthwhile. The blue sea and dry climate give plenty of time to do outdoor activities.

 

One of the emblems of Santorini is donkeys. This helped the people before the modern transport was introduced

There is a monastery in the islands. The islands are famous for the wine. It has a particular type of wine. There is a winery museum.

 

Sunset along the west coast is watched b thousands of people. Sunset point at Oia village attracts thousands of tourists. There is a bazar with lot of shops selling specialised, localised artefacts

 

Fira is the capital of the islands. All the islands were created by the volcanic eruption.

While we were doing shopping in the narrow streets of Oia in Santorini, The White Door Theatre group marched with a band distributing their leaflets of daily show.

 

–Subham–

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  1. Any mention of Greece gladdens our heart! India and Greece have so much in common though this is not widely appreciated. Greek thought is taken as the beginning of Western tradition. However, Greece is not really or wholly Western! It occupies a strategic position in the confluence of Asia, Europe and Africa! Western scholars and interpreters have given a Western orientation to Greek thought, but those of us who are familiar with our thought and Greek ideas realise how close we two are!
    Homer’s epics The Iliad and Odyssey closely resemble our own Ramayana and Mahabharata, with the stories interwoven. The Greek Tragedies were enacted as part of religious festival, as a means of edifying public conduct, just as our own Puranic stories and epic episodes were enacted in numerous village plays on festive occasions throughout the country. [ Dr. U.V Swaminatha Iyer records one such episode in one of his essays in reminiscence: “டிங்கினானே” – ( short for பீமன் மரத்தைப் பிடிங்கினானே ) ] The Tragedies were particularly chosen because they sought to teach people that human life was subject to divine dispensation (universal laws) and it was futile for man to try to escape them or outwit the gods! Thus was human hubris sought to be contained. One may regard this as the crux of Stoic philosophy: that there are things beyond our control, and it is best for man to submit to them- a sentiment we come across in the line from Tamil Purananooru: ” நீர் வழிப்படூஉம் புணைபோல் ஆருயிர் முறைவழிப் படூஉம் .
    Educated Indians would of course be familiar with the names of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as philosophers. But Greece had a band of pre-Socratic philosophers and a widely ranging line of philosophical inquiries. Here too we come across a close Indian parallel. Popular Indian religion is based on rituals and the worship of a pantheon of our deities, but we never lost sight of the One Truth. Later, Upanishads celebrated this One Truth. Western scholars jumped to the conclusion that this was a revolt against or departure from the religion of the Veda. But Upanishads are very much part of the Veda and they only shifted the emphasis from active ritual to passive contemplation to suit the Vanaprasta for whom the Upanishads were primarily meant. Likewise, we see in Greece that while people were busy with celebrating their popular religion and worshipping their traditional gods, philosophers were speculating on the nature of the Universe and its ultimate truths. The difference is that for the seers of the Upanishads, it was no speculation, but confirmed vision! One of the charges against Socrates was that he was showing disrespect to traditional gods, but Socrates proved how he had always been honouring the gods. In this too he was like the Indian rishi. Greek philosophy echoes Indian thoughts, though they do not seem to have been fully developed!
    Unfortunately, Indian scholars knowing Greek and our own Sastras in the original have been rare, and we do not have comparative studies. Sri Aurobindo was a master of Greek. He wrote a sequel to the Iliad in English: ” ILION ” as early as 1909-10. He also wrote extensively of the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus and this is important in dealing with issues of evolution. There are other references in his writings to Greek ideas. Dr. S Radhakrishnan has also referred to Greek thought in his writings and hinted at their Indian connections if not origins ( Pythagoras was known to have studied Indian systems) but he has not developed this theme fully, though eminently qualified to do so.
    A student of Indian thought feels so close to the Greek masters and ideas. They only have to be rescued from the Western setting and prejudices !
    Today, Greece is a land in trouble. Though considered a developed country with a high standard of living, its integration with the EU has not been a happy experience. During 2010-15, it ran into serious debt crisis , mainly on account of the wrong , misleading and mischievous advice given by international financing firms like Goldman Sachs, J.P.Morgan etc which hid the real risks and undesirable underbelly of the financial arrangements. EU imposed very harsh terms for rehabilitation, leading to severe austerity measures. Perhaps, Greece is not accepted as a fully European ally! Only three days ago, The Guardian reported the Greeks as saying that ‘they did not see any light at the end of the tunnel’.In any case, the common currency Euro does not seem to suit Greece.
    We Indians have such kindred feelings for the Greeks . We would surely wish them well.

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