There is a tactile difference in the way ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ interiors are expecienced. Going about barefoot means that you can enjoy the smoothness and coolness of tiles and the roughness of stone. The greatest pleasure is being out of doors. Inside and outside are drawn together. Rooms open to terraces. The heat intesifies the musky scent of the tropics or the potent, lingering smell of plants such as rosemary, lavender, plumbago and jasmine which grows well in dry conditions. Food tastes delicious eaten outside in the shade of of a vine and you can enjoy conversations under the stars. Above all there is the light, an almost tangible element in these climates. Once experienced, always missed.