My Elusive Dream Travels
Some of the dream travels I have had became so elusive and there’s no possible way I can get around planning it or going ahead with those travel trips.
My first elusive dream travel
My first elusive dream travel was visiting China and see the famous great walls but my planned date to travel had coincided with the 2008 Summer Olympics and that spoiled the whole scenario. It didn’t only make planning difficult but the expenses were sky rocketing on hotel accommodations and others, so the plan was scrapped, maybe the next time around for the great walls of China.
My second elusive dream travel
My second elusive dream travel was a visit to Egypt on an expedition that was planned to see the famous pyramids of Egypt (climbing the pyramids now is banned). The plan was also to see the tomb of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamen at his burial site and visit the beautiful cities of Luxor, Cairo, Aswan, etc. Then the plan was to materialize after a group of my friends wanted to go along on that trip. The group planning went awry and was in disarray so we decided to scrap it. Instead of going to see the tomb of the Pharaoh of Egypt, King Tutankhamen, our Art Gallery of Ontario exhibited the entire ‘King Tutankhamen’ collection of artifacts from the Egyptian Museum to AGO in Toronto. Getting two tickets to the show was pricey but there was a lottery in the office where I worked and 4 tickets were given away for the exhibit’s display period and our names were included in the raffle, then winners of the draw were given two tickets each. I was lucky enough to win and got two free tickets so I brought my sibling along with me to the show exhibit at AGO in downtown Toronto. We were the envy of our family and friends who didn’t get to see the famous exhibit that was here for a limited time only.
My third and most elusive dream travel
Yes, there is a third elusive dream travel and by far the most elusive of them all. I have always dreamed of going to Greece and visit Athens and its nearby islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
Santorini Island is my most elusive dream travel and every time I plan to travel to this Greek Isle, my plan gets thwarted by unusual events or just plain mishap. On the year I planned to go and travel with my best friend, take a cruise to the Mediterranean Seas and then travel to Greece on the week after the cruise ends; there were some unfortunate acts of terrorism that have started to happen, the world over. Cruise ship’s passengers were terrorized and targeted by pirates and sometimes attacked by them but sea patrols and navy ships have tried to stop these attacks to no avail. So further travel was postponed.
The next time I planned to visit Athens and go to the Isle of Santorini two years ago, the worst scenario have occurred and no planning was possible this time. Mainly because of the Greek downward economic growth that started the Euro zone debt crisis, Greece and its government had to be bailed out by the EURO Nations in order to survive. Tourism in Greece was on a downturn and no tourist including myself wants to be part of that crisis, so most tourists stayed away. It would be a waste of time to even think of traveling to Greece and not enjoy your planned vacation. This most elusive dream was planned as a two-week vacation to the City of Athens then to Mykonos and Santorini Isles. It was really disheartening to cancel the trip planned or maybe just postpone it for a future travel trip. Santorini, classically Thera, and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, and it is about 200 km southeast from the mainland of Greece.
The travel plan to go to Santorini Island won’t only be a travel trip but a mission of painting, blogging and taking photographs of the beautiful island and its lifestyle; like a picture story book. When Greece gets back on its feet and the economy gets better and tourism will be back in action; then I will plan and travel there. This time around not only to visit and travel but to go on a mission.
A short stay at a rented villa, like the Papalexis Santorini House that can accommodate six persons, making it ideal for families or a group of friends who are spending their vacation on island. This is a spacious individual vacation villa rental located in Akrotiri Santorini. It is situated beneath the Venetian Castle, at a very quiet spot with a view of the Santorini Caldera. The Papalexis Santorini maisonette – house’s indoor décor and architectural style is traditional Santorinian, with domes and curves, offering guests a genuine “taste” of the island’s lifestyle. This house in Akrotiri Santorini is air-conditioned and includes: two bedrooms, a bed-room loft, a fully-equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a courtyard and a garden with a view of Fira and Pyrgos Villages and a wooden patio with a pergola (a projecting roof having the form of an arbor).
I have learned from my Greek friends that Santorini has spectacular sunsets. Thira is touristy, Oia is a little quieter but the island is the most popular in Greece and for some good reasons. The daytime action is at the beaches, Perissa and Kamari. Good Raki and domatokeftedes (fried tomato-balls) are culinary favorites. Ruins of Ancient Thira are worth the trip. They talk about great nightlife, excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and good restaurants. There are ferry connections to Crete, Thessaloniki, Kos, Rhodes, Karpathos, Milos, Folegandros, Kassos and Halki if you want to visit other islands during your stay. The ferry ride from Pireaus is about 8 hours with stops along the way at Paros, Naxos and Ios and sometimes Sifnos. The highspeeds only take about 5 hours. Daily connections to Mykonos and Crete and other Cyclades in the summer by Highspeeds.
Then a travel plan with some close friends and family members to soak the atmosphere here and their lifestyle; walk with the people who live and stay on the isle; to see and feel how they enjoy the island paradise. That will then be a dream come true; a travel to the beautiful and elusive Isle of Santorini.