Shaded Alleys, Latched Gates and Staircases to the Unknown

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It’s never been on my Life List to visit Santorini, Greece, but it is for many people, and understandably so.

The views that have made Santorini famous – the white-washed buildings stacked like Jenga blocks, clinging to the cliff side interspersed with blue-domed church roofs – are famous for a reason.

Yes, this landscape is beautiful and unique. And, yes, I took my fair share of photos, jostling for a prime position along with everyone else hoping to capture the scene.

But let’s be honest here: As impressed as I was with Santorini’s balancing buildings and the view in general, I much preferred what I found around the corners, down the staircases, through the archways and past the crowds.

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These are the places where flowers grow between cracked walls and locals hang their laundry across tiny courtyards. Where tree roots battle against man-made bricks and rusty locks keep wandering eyes at bay.

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What is behind that gate?

Where does that staircase lead?

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What used to be in that abandoned building?

What is hiding behind that broken window?

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What secrets does this Grecian island hold that we will never, ever know?

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