We toured the site late in the afternoon, and our guide showed us the places to stand to watch the sunrise the next morning. It was amazing enough just to be there, but to watch as the sun burned through the mist to reveal the ruins was surreal. It was one of the highlights of my life. Peru is a wonderful country with beautiful people...I look forward to returning to experience more sites, sounds, tastes and smiles.
I felt like I was in The Lion King as I saw so many different species of animals congregating around the watering hole.
For some, Angkor Wat epitomizes the Cambodian travel experience. The ancient ruins at Angkor stand as one of mankind's greatest engineering achievements, best experienced as day breaks - so long as you beat the tourist hordes to a good spot across the lake.
The day had been spent speeding (and tumbling in my case) down enormous sand dunes on questionable snowboards, a pastime that filled one's head with sand and spirit with unending exhilaration. We had swum in hot springs and very cold springs, taken our meals of locally grown cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese on a blanket in the shade of a palm tree, and held on for our dear lives as our Toyota Land Cruiser raced mercilessly across the dunes. As the sun set over the dunes, however, we all began to feel the calm of night. Two of my friends sit below the dunes enjoying a moment to themselves, shared only with Mother Nature.
Staying in Oia for 8 nights, I got into a routine of running on some mornings (when I hadn't had too much wine the night before). This was one of the views I had on each run and one of my favorites. I finally (on the last morning there) went for a walk with my camera and captured that scene that was embedded in my mind. It is a favorite image of one of my fondest memories, running in Oia.
Oia is a picturesque town on the northern part of Santorini that overlooks the famous Caldera where some speculate the lost city of Atlantis stood before sinking into the sea.
It is the perfect place to feel on top of the world and watch the sun set into the endless seas surrounded by M.C. Escher-like architecture with view of the endless sea.