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Backpacking Greece:Santorini,Perissa Black Beach

It wasn't my first time with the Black beach.If you remember my All India Road Trip where we stopped at Daman Beach for a while,although that beach was dirty,the colour Black of Beach in Daman, India didn't impress me as much.So I was in a way skeptical if this would , but choosing Black Beach at Perissa was a deliberate choice after I had been playing for a while with the Red pebbles at the Red beach.

In the beginning - it was all black and white @Perissa Beach Santorini

While the sea at Red Beach and Oia was calm,making me think if there was any impact of the cold winds I could feel in my hair along the caldera,black beach was stubborn - an affirmation that wind plays fury.Like a teen revolting.Like thunderstorms.Like dare you come in front.

Let us be waves of love and let it wash the universe @ Perissa Black Beach Santorini

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So strong were the winds,that the Super Jets and the Jets and the boats were cancelled for the day.But the play remained play.

Local Bus Tip:Catch the bus from Fira Bus Stand to Perissa.Route maps in last blogpost.

Me,With the tossing waves 

 The sport ‘surfing' requires big waves to make a splash.This time the waves were bigger than enough and people who could,surf they did.

Life is better when you surf


The cliff alongside the black beach added a contrast to the color black making it all the more appealing.

Cliff-ed Beauty

The ATV’s parked alongside was to have beach fun.It was where I spend some time sitting on the beach,playing with the dogs of the locals,and watching the dogs play by the tide.I felt at ease as if enjoying my downtime by the beach.

ATV's at Perissa Black Beach

Every dog has his day!

Dogs never bite me,just humans - Marilyn Monroe

Relax because not every page has to be a masterpiece

But for today,we have got to pause.Because my stories will never end.Let me by then take you to a series of photo essay of the Perissa Black Beach:

On the way - The view from inside the local bus...

Black Sand patterns on the Perissa Beach

If you wish to camp..this is right at the beach

Watching the waves!

That could have made the 'Jets' cancel

The eateries alongside the beach are little costly

Perissa Church @ Perissa Black Beach

So tomorrow I am going to take you to another white village where I ran to catch the last local bus as I lusted for Artichokes Fishes which I had placed to fry.

/*This trip was part funded as a result of win worth Rs 1 lakh from Skyscanner and Blogadda.In that 1 lakh,I chose my stay and flights to Greece,France and Italy and a part of Turkey*/

Let’s see how my journey goes…..

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Asus Zenfone 5:Useful Features

  Asus Zenfone has all pre-installed feature
that you might have thought of  as a utility you would need. #MyAsusZenfone

1)Asus Zenfone 5:Webstorage 

 Webstorage as name suggests automatically uploads photos to the Webstorage. When ‘Instant Upload’ is enabled,photos taken with your device’s built in camera will be automatically uploaded to web storage.After we did hit on start, it connects to the web server which on a click of button on ‘My Sync Folder’ adds documents,photos,videos and audio recordings to web storage.The files uploaded to web storage will be available to your computer and other devices.You can add a new folder,you can upload or you can refresh.

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2)Asus Zenfone 5: AudioWizard And Splendid 

 So Audiowizard takes you to speech mode where you can either choose smart mode,music mode,movie mode,recording mode,gaming mode or speech mode.It tunes the tone accordingly.Splendid meanwhile helps you choose color you want to see in your device both as temperature and enhancement.Food pictures look awesome specially when enhanced.

3)Asus Zenfone 5:Amazon Kindle 

 Now generally we are so used to using kindle on kindle that this pre-installed app looks like a surprise element.In fact you wouldn't have to install anything else apart from the ones installed.These all are like your utility tools.So whether you are reading novels,children’s book,comics,magazines you can read all of them right here.

 4)Asus Zenfone 5:Backup and Data Transfer 

 While Asus Backup creates a backup.A data transfer is a very convenient feature where you can transfer data from old device via Bluetooth. The.The transfer wizard takes you to options of selecting old phone manufacturer that already lists Asus,Samsung,Apple,Lenevo,LG etc…After selecting that you can choose the model.Like for me,I chose apple and then apple 5c .After we have successfully turned on the Bluetooth,you can do a data transfer.

5)Asus Zenfone 5:Flashlight 

 Recalling the very old feature that we used to have on some of the phones earlier,very basic as to what we are used to,Flashlight in Zenfone takes it to another level.So we have options such as white light with increasing frequencies if we want to constantly flicker the white light.We have options such as constant light or light as an SOS.The white light is very bright so can act as a torch while travelling or finding something.

6)Asus Zenfone 5:Play Newstand and Quick Memo 

 Newstand takes you to various highlights of the day that includes news of various categories from various sites such as MINT,Jagran,NDTV. Quick Memo.Quick memo act like sticky notes where you can take write anything on the draw panel and it comes in the notebook form.

 7)Asus Zenfone 5:ZenUI Help and My ASUS 

 Enjoy your ZenUI personal service which approaches ASUS for direct interaction with regards to APPS and Latest ZenUI News.Based on various apps,these are like FAQ’s and User Forum which might help you whenever you are stuck with the app.My Asus takes you to online chat repairs service locations and etc.

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Backpacking Greece:Santorini Red Beach

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the 
place where love resides @ Red Beach Santorini #Greece
Quote By
Audrey Hepburn

The inconsolable longing in my heart by now was wanting to scream.Why did I pre-book my ferry was what I was all the time wondering.3 days,just 3 days,I had for this beautiful place that deserves at least a 10.I could never get bored of Santorini.Next time for sure,I am leaving no stone upturned to not book advanced ferries... at least now when I know that 3 days wouldn't suffice ever.

  At that moment I recalled Sankara's and Nisha's advice to 'Not plan much or plan impromptu if I like any place'.Wish I had given a forethought.I just had booked my ferries because the rest were off budget..sob! Later I was happy that I did because the sea was ferocious and the ferries were getting cancelled as you'd see in my next post.Luckily mine went the other day.

Watch my one - minute video below on Red Beach Santorini captured on my iPhone:

                                                        Previous posts on Greece
                                                Santorini:Oia feature,Top Things To Do
                                                Backpacking Athens:Top Places To Shop in Athens
                                                Backpacking Athens:Graffiti This Is My Athens
                                                Backpacking Athens:Hostels,Transport And Food

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                                                        Greece By Indrani
                                                      Greece By Gaurav Bhan Bhatnagar

                                    Best Source of Blog For Santorini   : Santorini Dave

I love Santorini for its pace.It's so relaxed that it qualifies as a perfect place to be lazy.Shops open late.People wake up late.It's a wholesome vacation place.It's a place when even when you take stroll down the same road once twice or infinite times you'd feel the same excitement every-time.

A lone girl enjoying her solitude

The view of the sea in Santorini is always a static vision from far but as you come closer and closer you would understand the vivaciousness it has - the colors probably none other beach can provide - ranging from White to Red to Golden to Black.It is a town made for tourists where local buses run every 10 minutes and where ATV’s/renting cars are the most preferred private transport.It is all about fun and frolic and silent gaze,where everyone just everyone is busy admiring the stunning beauty of Caldera in their own possible way.It is when I met a sweet couple from Singapore in the local central Fira Market and we dined together on the Chicken and the Fish at a recommended budget restaurant.The food was awesome.We'll discuss some of which in next post.Such is the ambiance that getting fooled is out of scope,but just to tell you - its expensive than 'Athens'.So if you have done Athens before,you'd find the prices of food are comparatively a little highly priced than our budget capital.

I carried all my luggage in the dark morning hours from Fira Bus Stand to Hotel and not even for a minute felt unsafe.

Bus routes in Santorini are very simple
After all its a small island!

I recently felt proud when an Indian couple who are my friends planned Greece as their honeymoon.Seems like pictures on my Facebook wall inspired them so much that they thought this might be their perfect destination. 

 Meanwhile,I always had crush on the bright blue doors that made me backpack Greece at the first place,the fact I cannot hide.

Today is the Greek Independence Day(March 25th), a national holiday celebrated annually in Greece commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. 

I gave my camera to a stranger for this shot!

For honeymoon if you have to choose between Paris,Italy and Islands of Greece;Greece definitely heads down.The islands don't have the crowd the rest of the places have.Second to which would be Venice in Italy.It's my personal favorite.

Greece is definitely extremely backpacker friendly.Even when I was travelling solo and hopping islands,never for a moment I felt uncomfortable or wrongly approached plus its affordable.

Nothing will burn a big hole in your pocket as other European countries and at the same time your fellow friends who missed going will have the last laugh.

Besides Oia in Santorini which is popular with tourists that we discussed in the last post,
there are many islands and places in Greece that will woo every type of traveler.

 My good old Margarita from Anatoli handed me the map in the morning with the homemade type food spread with cookies,Halwa,cakes,fruits,flakes etc.She told me there is an escape route to the Fira bus stand right up from the hotel.I need not take the main road.As I took the road which passed through Narrow Alleyways,still painted in white,watching the sea a little away from me but still in vision,winds blowing through my hair,I took small little turns over the narrow roads of hilly Caldera.

It felt like somewhere walking in villages in India where destination doesn't matter.You just walk,ask a few passerby or wonder if City Center arrow would take you to any road broader at all.This was quick. As I came to the city center,I reached the Bus Stand.The Buses in Santorini are fabulous.If you are travelling alone,as I was,highly recommended.Very very affordable,very very convenient.My friend couldn't believe when I said I paid anywhere between Euro 1.2 to Euro 2.2. The best part of it is as you take different routes throughout the day,sometimes you’d land up with the same ticket collector who would randomly smile at you.Since I just had 3 days,I decided to land up somewhere called ‘Red Beach’.Like seriously,can the beach be Red was the thought process behind me choosing this one.

I took a quick snapshot of the bus routes with the ticket routes(watch below).If you are confused,you can always ask at the counter.Generally,I found Santorini to be very friendly where even the most confused traveler will find his way.

The simple map of Santorini

The Fares And Timing

 Santorini is so small island that by hiring an ATV or a car you can actually do the whole of it.Many people hike from Fira to Oia.The bus passes through routes that many times in a day would pass through.There ain’t many roads.Its the main road along caldera with the beach and then there are small diversions to Fira Market to Perissa to Pyrgos.What I liked about Santorini was the simplicity of routes.As I was trying to figure out what next after Red beach on my map,a lady who was sitting beside me asked,Tourist?I said yes.We exchanged a brief smile.She said she’s an archaeologist,and she came here to study ancient history and excavation.

I ain't a big fan on history,in fact unless a thing is flamboyant,I wouldn't even stay there for a minute but I liked Greece..We were on the same route but by different interest.

 Red Beach Santorini 

 Impatience is never a virtue of a traveler but I wonder what always makes me think that the bus would land just into the sea or right beside so that my first step would splash in the water!

Anywhere in Santorini doesn't take more than 20-25 minutes by bus.So as the bus stopped at its final destination - I started looking for sea.I could see Akrotiri excavation site,Margarita told me its very famous,but all I wanted was the Red Beach at that moment.Asking the guard on the Akrotiri site on how I should go to the Red beach as there were two signboards on the opposite road one left and other right both of which said Red beach.I started walking towards down because I thought the sea can’t be hilly,as the other route was uphill.But reached a dead end where I could see the sea but not a beach.

The left route down takes you to Red,White,Black beach by boat
Sea caves looked interesting but the boats weren't running the day I went there.

Finally I paid heed to what the guard has said.I jumped to see if I could see a tinge of red anywhere far,but all I could see was one slightly up road and down road was the sea.I thought if it involved a trek or a hike.People from the bus were all tourists.Nobody knew.So we all walked,individually on the same path thinking if we are lucky,we might get to see what we came here for.We were told by the guard the walk is of 1.5 kms.

ATV’s passed by zooming way ahead of us.But I loved the walk. For the first time,It wasn’t strenuous, it was well built uphill road with cafes alongside that went down after a while,Dolphin spots and folks walking for that hint of red.After walking for about 40-45 minutes,I landed a place where I could see sea with red cliffs.And I could see people hiking with their sticks.So that’s where the road ended.

 And that’s where the downhill hike on the red cliff started.I found the hike to be pretty simple.It was surrounded by Red rocks which seems to cut and break and the terrain at some places were little slippery due of gradual Red rock fall but all in all the very kind of hillock we would love to climb down.It took me around half an hour/40 min to get down but the views were as if for today I was a Rockstar.

The very beautiful Red Beach! A must visit place in Santorini

I swear to god,I never wanted to leave that place.The water,in spite of the cold wind in the mornings and by night , was warm.The reflection of the Red rocks on the sea would be hard to describe with words.It was that beautiful.Since I was travelling alone,I took a selfie,met my new friends again,asked them to click me,then they asked me if I would need a drop back as they have rented the car and they are going to the same black sea I had planned afterwards.I refused.I wanted to spend more time.And going back was just not in my mind..I wanted to wander.

 Taking a few more steps down,I reached where the sea was,then I quickly splashed the water on my feet.I felt like if I can take a dip.Everybody was busy with how they wanted to frame the beauty.Just then,I saw two men turn by turn clicking their pictures.I handled them my DSLR,can you please?One of them happily said yes.That was the moment,I felt solitude in a place where a little activity is all you need plus a security of your own belongings,that's why solo travelling to places such as these just makes it a little raw.Best suited for a group or a couple unless you enjoy reading a book by the bay which I don't.

I could see people hugging kissing each other.I could see friends forthcoming and throwing water on each other.I missed company.Just in Santorini.Nowhere else before.

Hikers climbing up...

The end of the beach...

 But that didn’t make me stop or take another route.Smiling past the people who took rest,I made a heart out of the red stones on the sand shore.I went further to the other end,where wind was blowing off a certain white rock making the bits and pieces fly that contrasted with the red rock.It felt magical.I still went through.As I reached the last end of the red rock,I could see a tiny countryside road going towards somewhere.It was so tiny that I wondered where.There was no soul going there.People were busy dipping in the red sea.I took my camera.The wind was so strong my tripod would have flown away had I kept it.I kept it back.Enjoying my silence.Rock by rock. Just then,I saw my watch,God,I have been there for 3 hours.How time flies.

Washrooms by the end

 As I walked back towards the bus stop,I just held my map for planning my next destination.To my surprise further ahead of Red beach on the map was the white beach.I came at a juncture where bus had stopped.I asked a few locals where was the white beach?They told me that you'd have to take a boat but today the boat ain’t running.I wondered if that countryside road led me to the white beach as in the map it was exactly down.Why didn’t I just let my intuition take me,but it was late now.

 Akrotiri Excavation Site:

At Akrotiri Excavation Site

According to legend,it is in this area where the mythical kingdom of Atlantis lies.Excavation in the site Acrotiri during the 1960's revealed that Thera was the most important site of Minoan civilization outside Crete.The well preserved ancient town are comparable in beauty with those of ancient Pompeii,in Italy.

Santorini is a small place where the bus timings may shift by 5-10 minutes.I knew I had 30 minutes more for my bus to come as per schedule.So I thought let's give the Excavation site a chance.The entry fee was Euro 5. After so much adventure,I wasn’t in the mood to rave and rant about the underground cities the ancient Akrotiri had.I walked around the path on the excavation site and covered all within 10 minutes.

When I came out,the guard gave me a strange look,and asked,was that it?I nodded in silence.

Exotic Locales are now becoming favourites with Indians

 The bus came half an hour late as per scheduled time.I wasn't bored.I was simply chatting with fellow travellers who had come from US and some folks had come down from India all in the same crowd of willingly watching the bus to come.

/*This trip was part funded as a result of win worth Rs 1 lakh from Skyscanner and Blogadda.In that 1 lakh,I chose my stay and flights to Greece,France and Italy and a part of Turkey*/

I was more than amused to see Indians at Red Beach Bus Stand...Or may be it was a live example of how exotic places have started becoming part of Indian holidays. Tommorow we explore black beach and explore more white villages before we leave for the posh Mykonos Islands.

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Asus Zenfone 5:Camera Lights Action

                                Posing with the camera feature of #MyAsusZenFone

My previous post speaks a hell lot about the new Asus ZenFone 5 , awarded best budget phone.I can say its a travellers phone.Why?Because its sleek elegant,takes awesome pictures,merge the videos and make a nice one,and does so so much more than just a phone.As the #selfie season gets hotter and hotter lets begin with the feature that these days we consider primary before buying any smartphone - 'The Camera’.

 Asus ZenFone 5 :Camera 

 The camera is very crisp with 8 megapixel.You can also long press the shutter button to create gif images.Options such as Auto,HDR,Night,Beautification,GIF Animation,Panorama,Time Rewind,Low Light,Selfie,Miniature,Depth of Field,Smart remove,all smiles make it a great camera.In video we have options such as Auto,Low Light,Miniature,TimeLapse.

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What I really liked about this one was we can practically change everything in setting including ISO,white balance,anti shake,self timer,focus,exposure and etc.You can also create a collage of images with collage feature,choosing your boundaries as whichever color you wish on the templates that are given(2,3,4,5 etc photos).You can also adjust photos within each collage.

 Asus ZenFone 5 :Microfilm 

 Microfilm is this very cute and useful application which helps creating a short video out of the pictures we have. The template has transitions and music and makes a great option.In fact,I played with it with quite sometime before I got the one below:

 It says make your precious memories lively.It makes on the spot slideshow video creation and sharing much more fun.Simply select your photos with pro-designed video themes and you are ready to showcase your creation immediately.

 Asus ZenFone 5 : Movie Studio 

 Movie Studio creates movies.So we create a new project.Either records a video,take a photo,import video clip or import image,it is very simple similar to windows movie maker.There is a screen underneath where there is a timeline.You can add clips,add effects such as pan zoom sepia transitions,add text and compile.Its that simple.

 Asus ZenFone 5 :Omlet chat 

 So what Omlet chat does is it gets into new social feature on your device with Omlet.

 Asus ZenFone 5 :Party Link 

 Party Link allows you to connect to nearby devices and share pictures automatically by either creating a group or joining one.When you create a group,party link is ‘ON’ on your camera feature. 

Asus ZenFone 5 :PC Link 

 PC Link requires you to enable USB debugging.What it does is showcases feature your PC has like for example,stay awake(screen will never sleep while charging) or show CPU Usage.

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