Dutchman Longing for Greece Creates Miniature Santorini in His Garden



What do you do if you can’t get to Greece this summer? You can sulk by your inflatable pool with some old travel guides and a glass of ouzo –or you could also put your creativity to work and bring Greece closer to you.

That’s exactly what Fer Geerts from the city of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands did. He built a scale model inspired by the Greek island of Santorini. He now sits in his garden with a glass of red wine and imagines he is walking in the Greek islands’ alleyways. If he shuts his eyes, he can easily imagine the idyllic sunset that has made Santorini renowned throughout the world.

Sixty-seven-year old Geerts, who has been visiting Greece regularly since the 1980s, says he would love to fly to his “second homeland” tomorrow if he could, but the coronavirus crisis has stopped him from doing so.

“We will not take the risk to travel this year. Fortunately I have a model that I can put outside. With a red wine and a parasol you can get a little bit of Greece here,” he explains to interviewers from the Dutch website omroepbrabant.nl.

The model of Santorini consists of 22 parts which are pieced together like a puzzle. Geerts worked for more than twenty years on the painstaking artwork, which he made from scrap material such as styrofoam, wood and cardboard.

The model is almost five meters (fifteen feet) long and two meters wide. Beach chairs, terraces, window shutters, and all other details on the model have been recreated with stunning precision. “The funny thing is that I keep discovering things that I almost forgot I had made,” he tells omroepbrabant.nl.

Geerts says he adores the Greek way of life, including the food, the sun, and the people. His favorite place is the Cyclades archipelago and, in particular, Santorini.

The Dutchman adds that he is counting down the days to when he will visit Greece and Cyclades again. Until then he will be enjoying his miniature Santorini from his garden.