Determined to avoid walking in full sun during the hottest part of the day, Marg and I left our cave house studio earlier this morning and headed north along the winding hilltop path to Imerovigli. We took our time, stopping often to enjoy the views, take a photo or take a break wherever there was a cool breeze blowing. Needless to say, this is a spectacular walk, with so many beautiful vantage points. It’s no wonder there are holiday accommodation places all the way along the path. This walk took us away from Thira, so there were only regular holiday makers here and it was much easier making our way along the cobblestones when we didn’t have to battle the hordes that come in every day from the cruise ships.

Sunglasses are an essential here, as the glare of the sun reflecting off the stark white surfaces is very strong. Not that I’m complaining, of course. The great beauty of Santorini is its white surfaces with occasional patches of blue. The blue roofs, gates and doorways are so much in harmony with the colour of the sea here. If you owned a paint store on Santorini, it would be a waste of time and money stocking any other colours. We found a guy whitewashing a wall. He must be just about the most employable man on the island.

By about 12.30pm it had really heated up. We called in at a store and bought some cold beer and cold water and headed back to our place, where we plan to stay for awhile until it cools down again later this afternoon or early evening. The weather here has been so predictable. Unfortunately, all of our family and friends back home have been going through a miserable, cold spell. We’ll be home in Melbourne next week. Hope we can bring some of this magical sunshine home with us.

At about 5.30pm we wandered down to Volkan on the Rocks, just around the corner from our place, and had a drink with some dips. We returned at 8.30pm for more dips, cheese and olives, and of course, more drinks, and watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding under the stars. There was a beautiful sunset and a cool breeze. A perfect end to the day.

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