Views, vines & Vino

The last few days have been spent walking walking and more walking. But a new found realisation of mine has found that through walking you see
moorrreee! Annnd at the same time use up all that energy from the chocolate cream spread I so readily put on my toast every morning, annnd get fit! So all in all, as Dan puts it, “walking is the tits!”
Saturday was spent walking to black beach, but due to a wrong turn, finding another cute beach with amazing cliff formations and over-the-top honeymooning couples taking romantic snaps. Sunday was spent hiking up the Nikolaos mountain with our new guest Lewis from Adelaide, and Chloe from Liverpool. The weather was beautifully sunny at 18 degrees (it’s winter!!!) and the hike up to the monestary which lay at the top took about 25 minutes. From the top there was a path which Kostas had told us about which led along the cliff edge of Nikolaos to the tip which is behind the monestary, from there the steep cliff path winded down a steep ‘path’ which had obviously not been used for a wee while, to wind up again to another smaller but equally as cliffy mountain. On the top of the smaller mountain lay ancient ruins, which cost to view so we opted out. All in all the hike took 3 hours and was pretty spectacular. Later that night we ventured up to Fira to watch the sunset and have a drink, the cheapest drink being a €5.80 bottle of crap beer! On the way back we stopped off for some more ouzo and retsina and spent the night playing cards.

I’ve attached a few photos of the grape vineyards which are specific to Santorini island. The grape vines are grown in a circle, with the grapes growing inside the ring of vine. They do this to keep the vine close to the ground so it gets the morning dew which is it’s only nutrients, and also to protect them from the strong winds. At this time of the year the vineyards resemble rocky pastures with brown circular twigs, not the most attractive, but in the summer I’m sure they are pretty stunning. They could grow the grapes vines the way other grapes are grown on vines in rows, but the grapes grown using the traditional Santorini method are worth more.

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