Santorini Sunsets

I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but Amsterdam & Beyond has gotten a visual overhaul. Things have been slower at work these past few weeks, and I’m not feeling as productive or challenged. To remedy this, I’ve been trying to soak up a bit more creativity outside of the office via personal projects. This past weekend, I made a list of a few new creative endeavors I wanted to tackle, and first thing was giving the blog a little face-lift. I invested in a premium theme, and then spent my Saturday studying CSS so I could use code to make all of the visual changes I wanted for the space. Apart from the footer with my widgets (which needs a bit more work – ahh – don’t look!) I am pretty stoked with how the design turned out. I love how post content is big, evenly balanced, and a lot more easy to read. I also really like the new homepage – the overview style lets you easily pick where you want to start, versus having to scroll through a lot of (sometimes irrelevant) content. It’s really rewarding to invest time in a side project that has such an immediate and visual result! Keep an eye on this space as I hope to keep evolving it over the coming months :)

Anyways! The purpose of this post is to tell you about the jaw-dropping sunsets of Santorini. While many come to the island for the architecture, the food, the nature, or simply the romantic aura, Santorini’s sunsets are perhaps the biggest draw.Like clockwork, each evening as the sun starts to dip towards the horizon, visitors and locals alike slowly migrate towards the western edge of the caldera, where the sunsets are spectacular and can be experienced in all their Greek glory.On our first full day, after a long morning hike and a relaxing afternoon spent at the pool, Kai and I were ready for some fun! We’d partly chosen to stay in Oia because it’s the sunset capital of the island – the village is situated on the north-western edge of Santorini, offering front row seats to the sun’s dazzling departure each evening.So without a plan in mind, we got dolled up for dinner and slowly followed the crowds, making our way north.When we got to the edge of town, we realized for the first time that Santorini sunsets are quite the draw! People claim spots quite early on in the evening, and it’s often difficult to find a nook of your own if you’re late to the game. Groups of friends sit atop crumbling building walls, passing around bottles of wine; lovers claim crevices and corners, relaxing in each other’s arms as the day’s final rays slowly disappear. I love the yellow hue that the sun casts across the island as it’s headed downward – Santorini’s typically white architecture radiates a brilliant marigold, basking the village in a warm, glowing hug.As we were a bit late to claiming a sunset viewing spot, we roamed around the north edge of the island for a bit, trying to find a relaxing or slightly more secluded viewing perch.We followed a quit staircase upwards, hoping to find our own peaceful viewing nook.
However, what we found was even better – a restaurant serving cocktails with a prime selection of balcony seating!There was one spare table, which was marked ‘reserved’, but after we mulled around the terrace for a few minutes, the sweet waiter motioned for us to take the table :) So we ordered some drinks and leaned back to experience Santorini has God had clearly calculated. The crowds remained until the sun finally disappeared below the horizon. Once it had vanished, the temperature quickly dropped, the island took on a cool hue, and boats and restaurant patrons who moments before had been basking in the light, quickly scuttled away.We were amazed that in less than five minutes, we were left at a completely deserted restaurant – one that had moments before been packed to the brim! We finished our beverages, and then said our own farewell, heading out for an evening of cats, music, and lots of Greek food!More Greek adventures to come!

xo Ali

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