"We slipped into the habit of that sensible Mediterranean indulgence, the siesta"

What better way to finish off the midday meal than with a relaxing snooze!? The siesta is just that, a short nap taken in the early afternoon and by tradition after lunch. Siesta is a Spanish word meaning the 'sixth hour' and relates to the tradition of counting from dawn onwards, hence the nap at around 12pm. This practise is often associated with those living in warmer climates (although in no way not embraced by people the world over) where the heat of the afternoon sun together with a full belly makes for the ideal situation of a quick relaxing nap.