Paola and Arturo are two people that we will always carry with us through life. We spent one of our greatest days last summer showing them the morning beauties of Oia and the less-known footpaths in Imerovigli at sunset.
Growing up in Panama and currently living in New York, they planned a getaway to discover the Cycladic Islands. When we first contacted them, Arturo told us that they wanted us to show them around Oia during the early morning hours when the best spots of the caldera were not overcrowded. However, they thought that it would also be nice to have some photographs during the godlike sunset of Santorini. So, we suggested to the couple that it would be a great idea to split the photo session in two parts in order to create a collection of two different color palettes.
From the moment we picked them up from their hotel at Perivolas Lifestyle Houses, we familiarized ourselves with each other really soon. While we were walking around the white washed buildings in Oia, taking pictures and having fun, Paola told us that she was mother of three beautiful children. We couldn’t believe it! Both of them were so young and the way they communicated their love to each other made us believe that they were on a honeymoon trip.
For the sunset session, we drove them to our favorite spot on the island, the church of Prophet Elias, located aside from the village of Imerovigli. Paola and Arturo were both amazed with the natural beauty of this place. We left the best part of our photo session for the end, after we had gained their trust and the four of us hiked together towards an awe-inspiring sight. No travel guide mentions this place, and the reason we love it so much is that by looking at the South Side of the island, towards Crete, you have a 180 degrees view of the East and West Side of Santorini. Definitely a jaw-dropping spectacle. Overall, we love to find adventurous couples like Paola and Arturo, eager to hike with us to reach views like this.
p.s. Paola was looking to buy some extra virgin olive oil to take back in the States. Sandra’s family from Kalamata produces olive oil, so we gave them two bottles of the finest olive oil in the world. It was a small gesture to thank them for the memorable experience we had together.