Photo of the week: street in Kimolos

An old priest walks in a narrow street of Kimolos, a small Cycladic island, off the beaten path.

Whitewashing in the Cycladic islands seems to have run wild, almost to the exclusion of every other color. Considering the hot and arid summers of the islands and the mild winters that follow, this actually makes perfect sense – a sort of traditional bio-climatic architecture.

Update: I thought of leaving it at that, but the historian in me won’t allow it. It’s much too simple and one-dimensional to be the only explanation – in fact history also played a large part in shaping the picture-postcard looks of the Greek islands.

I apologize if I mislead you with my brief original explanation, and promise to remedy that in an upcoming post.

priest in Kimolos

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