Does It Snow In Santorini? Sure It Does.
I remembered that I had some photos from way back when, and in the spirit of Christmas I thought I’d show them to you. To be honest, I’m not really a “Christmassy” person. Discovering that all this hype about “Ho Ho Ho Jolly Father Christmas is sledding on his Merry Way” originated from a very old Coca Cola campaign didn’t help. But I do love a bit of snow – being from a hot country I rarely ever see it.
18th February 2008.
We woke up in the morning and discovered the island was covered in a blanket of snow. Pyrgos village, the highest point on the island, looked like a mini Switzerland. Down on the coastal shoreline the beaches were also covered in snow – it had crept over the seafront road right into the open-air bars and restaurants which were shut for the winter.
We jumped into the car and started touring the island. There was snow EVERYWHERE. People were driving around with rush-job mini snowmen on the bonnets of their cars, we kept ooohing and aahing “look there’s snow there, oh look, there’s even more over there, oh LOOK, that guy’s throwing a snowball”. Great being a kid again.
The old people on the island told us that it hadn’t snowed for 60 years or so. But since that day, it’s snowed 3 more times, although never as thick and heavy, and melting very fast. Last winter I noticed a few snowflakes falling outside my living room window. We froze.