When I was growing up in Diamond Springs, California, significant stairways were few and far between. Most of our homes were single floor western style ranch homes. Our climbing was more or less relegated to trees and lumber stacks, the latter much to the dismay of the grumpy watchman at Caldor Lumber Company who could never catch us. We learned a number of interesting words from him, however.
I’ve always been fascinated with stairs, particularly stairs that disappear around corners. They almost beg exploration, like a trail in the woods. Doors share a similar characteristic, especially interesting doors. I’m convinced that people who live behind interesting doors lead interesting lives. Unfortunately, doors tend to be very private affairs; they hide secrets.
Gates are different. They don’t say ‘stay out’ in the same way a door does… even when they sport a no-trespassing sign. Gates in Diamond Springs tended to be low on design and high on barbed wire. We climbed over with impunity except for being chased by dogs or yelled at. Old Tony Pavy was an exception; he had a shotgun that he was quick to pull when he caught kids gigging frogs in his pond or plunking squirrels out of his trees, especially the time I hit one of his pigs by mistake with a ricocheting bullet. The man had zero sense of humor. “Get my gun Mama!” he roared to his wife as we disappeared over the hill.
They have to have stairways in the town of Oia, Santorini. Houses are built right down the cliff and there are no elevators. People must be in great shape from all of the hiking. And here’s the fun part, all of the stairs are different and I think quite attractive. Peggy and I kept our digital cameras busy. We also found our share of interesting doors and two very attractive gates to photograph.
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16 thoughts on “The Stairs, Doors and Gates of Santorini… Personality Plus!”
What a glorious place. The shots are wonderful.
Thanks so much. As Rick Steves noted in his Mediterranean Port guide, “If you can’t snap a post-card quality photo here, it’s time to retire your camera.” (grin)
Fair enough but when the season is blue, Santorini sure brings back warm feelings!
No doubt a beautiful place. It had always been toward the top of my bucket list.
You have a wonderful eye, Curt and or Peggy. These photos are simply stunnning.
I absolutely must go here! I love the colorful doorways. The picture of the single gate in Oia is amazing!
And the beauty is everywhere. It didn’t matter which way we turned.
I don’t think my last reply posted so I will try again. I absolutely must go here! The pictures are amazing but my favorite is the single gate overlooking the ocean in Oia. What is the population?
Hey, you get two comments for the price of one. (grin) I looked for the population for Oia when I was writing the blog and couldn’t find it. I would think the whole island myst not be more than around 15,000.
Oh gracious.. beautiful does not even come close to how I love these doors.. The home in Oia (colorful one) is one i could live in no troubles at all.. I would have so much fun going around taking tons of photos here.. So lovely..Thank you my friend for sharing your wonderful vacation with us all here 🙂
And you are so welcome, Lynne.
What fun! You and I had wondered if your followers would enjoy the doors and stairs as much as we did!
There is something magical about doors and stairways Peggy… especially when they have the unique personalities we found on Santorini as well as other Mediterranean ports. And thanks…
Curt, You captured Santorini beautifully! I was so taken by your shots of doors that seem to lead to the sky. That was one of my favorite things when we were there. And the donkeys – love those hard-working critters! All the best, Terri
Hard to take a bad photo in Santorini, Terri. Thanks.And could you believe the loads the mules were carrying?