On the Island of Santorini, are three lava beaches. One is made from black lava rock, another is red lava rock and yet a third, of white lava rock. These colors came about when different geological layers of the earth, became exposed and solidified with the lava from the volcanic explosion that occurred around 1646 BC. As a consequence, Nature has provided each beach, with its own uniqueness. Black, red and white lava, splashed with blue Aegean water, Earth’s impressionism.
When I visited the island of Santorini, I stayed at a hotel located directly opposite the caldera of the volcano, overlooking the Aegean, and facing toward North Africa. My room was built into a rather steep part of the cliff from which, I could see the small picturesque harbor port far below and the cruise ships mooring off shore. Every morning to get breakfast, meant climbing up stone steps to the hotel’s terrace-30 feet above. The coffee served was laced with exquisite-intoxicating cinnamon spice, which wafted in the air from its pot, before you even poured a cup. This haiku captures that morning ritual. Climbing the steep steps, for the cinnamon coffee. A cliff-side breakfast.