For more than half a week that I was in Santorini, the weather forecast had more cloudy/rainy days than sunny. Have you ever seen photos of Santorini that aren’t all blue skies and white houses?

This was the view from my hotel grounds one morning.

cloudy Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

And about 2 hours before I leave Fira for Oia, where I was to catch the sunset.

cloudy Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

It was my last chance of a sunny forecast during sunset hours for my trip. Over a very late lunch at Nick the Grill, I silently prayed that the clouds will clear, because I really don’t wish to leave Santorini without seeing the famous sunset!

In Search of the Golden Light from a Santorini Sunset

Chasing the Santorini sunset • The Petite WanderessPerhaps it was because I knew that this could be my last chance in my life to visit Oia, I was fully focused on remembering the entire experience.At 4+pm, I boarded the coach that was to take me to Oia. Most of the people in the coach were from the same groups; I noted this guy who was on his own, like me. It’s like this, solo travellers will look out for other fellow solo travellers.

Upon reaching Oia, I assumed the sunset will be at the same area where I’d had an eventful lunch two days ago, but some tourists were walking away from where I was headed. In stubborn confidence, I chose to not follow the crowd this time, which turned out to be a mistake, because the sunset was not going to be there.

So I turned back and followed a group who looked like they knew where they were heading, and indeed! The light of the sun beckons.

I’ve arrived at the correct place.

Chasing the Santorini sunset • The Petite Wanderess

Despite this signage’s warning of landslides, I still stepped up, albeit gingerly.Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessChasing the Santorini sunset • The Petite Wanderess

There were other people hanging out here, where they will wait for the sunset. I looked through a scarily-dangerous gaping hole, took some photos from here, and promptly departed, determined to seek other vantage points where my safety will not be compromised.

Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

Looked to my right and saw the windmill… and people waiting at a higher point. So I went towards that direction.
Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

For remembrance’s sake, let me show you where I hiked up to.
Chasing the Santorini sunset • The Petite Wanderess

There were just two other people quietly waiting near where I stood. I sat down on a ledge, soaking in the tranquility, and waited patiently, watching the seawaves drifting slowly with the wind. It was half an hour to go for the sunset. Once in a while, people will walk by, but they will be quiet and respectful tourists, which made the experience a good memory.Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess
the top left corner of this photo is the stone ‘fortress’ with the orange Danger sign earlier on

And the sun began to go down.Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess
glorious light
Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

I didn’t want to break the peace and tranquility in the air, so I quietly set up my camera and used the remote control function via my phone for a self-shot, quietly. Voila! I got a photo despite travelling solo.Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessSunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessSunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessSunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess

Anddd.. it was over.

Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessThat was indeed quite something. With a heart filled with joy because I’d fulfilled my last wish for the trip, I made my way back to wait for the last coach back to the city centre. The solo-travelling guy went the same way as me. For a brief moment, I was tempted to ask if he felt the same exhilaration from watching the sunset, but the Introvert in me overpowered my curiosity, so I didn’t go up to ask him. Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite WanderessThe next evening, I tried to catch another sunset at Fira, but the weather was too cloudy.Sunset, Fira, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess Till the next time then, for other sunsets in Santorini!

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Sunset, Oia, Santorini • The Petite Wanderess
Visited: Jan 2016