There are days when you just have to say "yes". Over and over again. On any occasion. Because you are a tourist, after all a stranger. Not stranded on this island, but in a similar situation. You are going to spend your time here. And then you leave. And why not make the best out of it, I mean for everybody?
And so it happens that an old man calls out to get your attention. And he gets it. You stop your car and answer his question of "how are you?" With "great!". And all that in Greek, I mean that much you have learned on your last travels. You cross the dusty road to step in front of this little roadside shop, just a little place with a terrace, the must-have donkey that waits patiently under a straw umbrella and the cut open tomatoes that are drying on blue stands in the sizzling Santorini sun. The old man keeps talking and talking to you and offers some home made meatballs that taste spicy and delicious. His daughter appears from the dark inside room, balancing a small tray of assorted local products in her hands. "That is for you! Enjoy!"
You are not surprised. You say: Yes. And then settle on the terrace to taste the home made tomato and olive paste, pickled caper leaves, double baked bread, some dried figs in honey, marmalade, olives and dried tomatoes. And and and...
This is the little shop where the owners have a big heart.
How can you answer that generosity? You shop there, with a smile on your face.
Happy and sated, there is only one thing to do now: Drive to a wine tasting. You take the long road to the Gaia Wine Estates, situated at the coastline pointing to the East. In an open room with the beach in view we taste our way through the 2013 vintage and achievements with the local Assyrtiko grape. And we even have some artistic moments to play with the light and an excellent Vinsanto (vintage 2004).
Lined up for a check with your palate, the Gaia wines...
What a perfect way to end the day that began with the visit of the Santorini Arts Factory. In the abandoned tomato paste factory, you fell in love with picture of, you have guessed it, tomatoes. That is just what happens when you say yes.