Autumn is approaching. As the sun sets ever earlier, the nostalgia for the beach and swimming is starting to make itself felt. Thankfully, for now we are still able to scroll through our feeds in search of gorgeous photos, magical views and pry into the fascinating lives of other people. This is where the many shared posts with hashtags referencing the Mediterranean aesthetic come in. The light, the sea, bleached white houses backing onto cliffs, brightly-coloured or spare interiors and a glass or two of white wine set against a backdrop of luxuriant vegetation are the main characteristics of many of the images posted each day. Obviously this is true of the summertime particularly, when millions of tourists spend their holidays among the harbourside alleyways, deserted beaches and limestone houses, but in actual fact, these visual characteristics transcend the seasons and exert a calming influence even on the coldest, greyest winter evenings, as if wanting to remind us that the sun will shine again and we will once again discard our heavy overcoats and thick jumpers and smile at what life has to offer.