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One gem that must be experienced once in your lifetime is Santorini. Whether you travel there under your own steam or jet off on a package holiday with the likes of Thomas Cook, this is a wonderful island that’s a treasure trove of history, Greek Myth and natural beauty. Voted ‘the world’s best island’ by the BBC in 2011, it is the largest island of a small archipelago some 200km southeast of the Greek mainland and was formed after an enormous volcanic explosion that created the current geological wonder.
From the steep, rugged cliff faces to the ever present views across the caldera, evidence of the Santorini’s violent geological history dominates the island. But far from being oppressive, the sheer faces and rock formations make a unique and breathtaking contribution to the island’s natural beauty.
From the picture-postcard cubical-style whitewashed houses, some painstakingly decorated with colourful volcanic ash, to the famous Red Beach, so called thanks to its red volcanic pebbles, there are many wonders to uncover in Santorini.
One look across the deep blue of the caldera to neighbouring islands give you a deep sense of the island’s turbulent geological past, and reading Plato’s Atlantis may well give you the same understanding, for it is on Santorini where the mythical city is thought to have stood.
Santorini was the inspiration for Plato’s famous and ‘eponymous’ piece, itself the inspiration for many derivatives, and recently excavated frescoes and a computer reconstruction of the island pre-eruption have both strongly resembled Plato’s descriptions.
Natural gems abound in Santorini, a place well known for its fertility. The volcanic soil gives rise to a flourishing wine industry thanks in no small part to the quality of the island’s indigenous grape, Assyrtiko, but islanders are most proud of their Santorini tomatoes – cherry tomatoes that are amongst the reddest, sweetest and tastiest in the world.
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Barcelona remains to be one of Europe’s top destinations. The weather is nice all year round—not to hot and not too cold—which means you can pack light on clothing and go easy on the luggage. Barcelona is a city that takes pride of its wide, open spaces which invite for the great outdoors or just simply relax and spend a laid-back afternoon sitting on the benches that are lined-up in its majestic squares.
Brilliantly Literary Hotels for Book Readers. Books have always been part of a trip. Books serve as one’s saving grace when waiting in line in the airport, or while flying long distances. For someone who loves literature, to find a hotel that features book is such a delight. For a travelling book reader, a hotel with a literary theme could add to the best parts of the trip. If you are a touring bookworm, here are the hotels that satisfy your love for literature: