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Waking up in Oia on a balmy September morning marked the beginning of our Greek island trip. Crescent-shaped Santorini is the southernmost island in the Cyclades and is home to an active volcano, almost 16,000 inhabitants and whitewashed villages that cascade toward the sea. Each morning, we had breakfast on our balcony overlooking the caldera and the deep blue of the Aegean. I love waking up early back home, and even more so in a foreign place.

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Our traditional cave house in Oia came with a breathtaking view of the Isle of Saint Nicholas. What looked like a deep sea of blue and turquoise from afar was in fact very cool, crystalline water up close.

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We had a quick breakfast while waiting for the bus to Perissa; a black sandy beach located southwest of the island.