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Santorini Slick

I like Islands. When I think about Greek islands, I think about renting a little shack just far enough away from the beach that I could have some solitude but close enough so the I could walk down and grab a couple of clams and an octopus and make a seafood stew.

I don’t think you can do that on Santorini.

Yes, Santorini had a thriving Greek (well, ok, Minoan)  population until the whole thing went up in smoke. You see, the volcano that was the island, ancient Thira, just blasted away in an enormous explosion. Somehow the Minoans escaped, or floated away or something, because archaeologists haven’t found their remains.

Today, Santorini is a hot vacation spot for reasonably well-to-do folks. Beach bums aren’t as welcome as they used to be. People gape at the archaeological sites, then head for the beach where they can butter up and worship some sun. They don’t want beach bums dragging octopii from the crystal clear waters. They especially don’t want to see them being pounded on a rock. Don’t worry, it tenderizes them, or so I’ve been told by a Greek with an attitude. He seemed to be having fun. His wife smiled at him strangely.

Santorini Vacation Rental

Santorini Vacation Rental

Anyway, there’s this incredible vacation home on Santorini. It’s exactly the opposite of a beach bum cabin. It’s the kind of place they film movies in when they want you to know that the people in the movie aren’t beach bums. The place is stark white, inside and out. Movie directors can play off this vestige of virginality by making a murder or something equally odious happen in a place like this. Ketchupblood shows up real good.

Sorry, I got carried away. La Ilios & Selene is  actually quite stunning. Stark even. The sea sets off the lack of color. It’s pure Greece. And it’s safe.

Here’s how they describe it:

“This smooth-edged architecturally restored “Canava” – cave house – has a stylish Mediterranean feel and is classified as a traditional Santorini ‘yposkafa’ dwelling. The villa affords two separate living areas and is perfect for a romantic get-away…”

Ah, traditional! Heck, it doesn’t look traditional to me, but I’m a curmudgeon who likes pounding an octupus on a rock.  On second thought, this place does offer a perfect romantic get away, you in a cave and your sweet honey in another part of a cave.  Of course, you could stay together, too, if you’re in that first, blissful stage of your romance and don’t want to unembrace each other. But then, you could do that in a Motel 6, couldn’t you?

Romance is odd, isn’t it? But Santorini is not.


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