_Sophie Tod _
_Iona Presentation College, Year 10 _
Created by a volcanic explosion, hidden in the vast expanse of the Aegean Sea, lies Santorini, the jewel of Greece's crown. A vibrant cultural hub, rich in history and culture, Santorini is one of the world's wonders.
As you wander through the cluttered maze of roads and meander past whitewashed limestone houses, each one so similar but unique, you see stalls, shops and cafes. The tantalising smell of kebabs and moussaka follow you, along with the vendors' fervent calls, each one fighting to be heard.
As you walk past you see bits and bobs, gifts of all varieties. You find yourself being led almost in a daze from shop to shop, not realising that your pockets are empty until your bags are full.
As sunset arrives the city comes alive. The fading remnants of the sun make the white buildings glow the palest of pinks, the brightest of oranges and the lightest of yellows. Streets glitter as the marble shines and the city resembles the most radiant of gems. Slowly you watch as the light fades, and bright spots of light appear all over the island and cliff face, modern fluorescents flicker into life while fires, torches and candles cast an eerie glow. The smell of food fills the air and you watch as a small community comes together around a bonfire. The men set up a spit and the lamb sizzles, while children scatter playing hide and seek, narrowly avoiding the women as they set up tables and chairs, gossiping about the day's events. As the night passes and the laughter and hum of people fades you go to bed in anticipation, dreaming of what tomorrow will bring.