The abandoned Venetian Castle

In Oia, the most beautiful village on Santorini I observed a Japanese tourist that was following her flock, snapping away pictures with her smartphone camera, but dared to stop for anything to find a better angle, a better perspective to achieve a better composition. Instead she just made sure she still found her group that hurried in the same pace. Was this the way to travel? To shoot some great pictures?

What we have learned in the "art of slow motion" we tried to apply here: Just a few steps, a few turns, a few stumbled paces on the E4 Pan-European Footpath and you walk past a ruin, the old Venetian Castle that most hikers just glance at, then set their eyes back on the path, trying to avoid the goat shit, rubble and other unpleasant surprises on the way to Finix and beyond. Even that late afternoon, the heat is just oppressing. We walk through the opening of a wall of stones and approach the tower and the main building of the Venetian Castle. The outer walls still stand, but inside is just rubble and stones. Two goats cross our path. And all the others roaming around are always keeping a watchful eye on us. The cicadas are chirping. No wind. Just the low afternoon sun. Heat. Dust. So, this is what we found...

This I how you see the castle the first time.

With the low standing sun in our backs...

Goats do roam...

One of the dried logs.

The watchful eyes of the goats...

The inside of the side building.

Wondering what this circle is used for? So did we.

The inside.

The staircase.