Photo du Jour: The Greek Sun-Bathing Dog

Early mornings on Santorini, Greece belong to the village canines.

Out of their villas’ twisted iron gates they trot, in search of the perfect whitewashed surface on which to soak up the sunshine.

We met this fluffy fellow in the village of Imerovigli, nonchalantly sunbathing on the wall of the Agios Nikolas Monastery. I must confess that I was a tad envious that he gets to live here year round…


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Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

14 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: The Greek Sun-Bathing Dog

    1. Thank you, Marilyn. I think you’ve pinpointed one reason why Santorini is so beautiful. It does largely have simple buildings, with crisp lines, and a blend of intense colors that complement each other.

      It’s fun to think that the dog probably went and sunned himself again today. Lucky little guy.

  1. “How much is that doggy in the window? The one with the waggly tail.” Once again staggeringly beautiful photographs Tricia. I love the way you capture skies. It sets the mood and the rest is lovely icing on a travel cake. V.

    1. Glad you enjoyed today’s fuzzy friend posting, Virginia, and thank you for your comment.

      Santorini’s skies are like a magical, blue canvas. The lighting on the island has an equally-special quality about it that makes photographing such a delight!

    1. Thanks, Gracie. That’s why that dog is so lucky to live there – almost every day we were in Santorini, we had sunny skies. :) The island is known for some pretty harsh winds, though, which we experienced for a few days.

    1. Thank you, Kay! Around seemingly every corner, there are whimsical details in Santorini. When you go, be sure to explore in the early-morning hours. We crossed paths with this little guy in Imerovigli, a village doesn’t that attract the cruise ship tourists as much as neighboring Fira.

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