We were beaten to our favourite spot by the dreaded German technique of towels on sun loungers. Which it does say in the hotel rules that it is not allowed. Try telling them that we cried, as we approached our favourite place only to stop in our tracks and gaze at the ‘reserved’ places.
Its just such a nice corner. Handy for the steps, away from the smokers and I can do my getting on and off the lounger like a beached whale in relative privacy. And a lovely little wall to sit on. Ah well, let’s pick up that smoking thread.
Now correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the ban on smoking in restaurants an EU directive? I’m not against people smoking outside but when the godam tables are inside and someone lights up that’s when I get annoyed. The Greeks seem not to have embraced this idea at all yet. Ashtrays on the tables is a kind of giveaway that nothing has changed. But what really annoys me is Brits who come here and light up, knowing they couldn’t do that in their own country, so can someone please tell me why they should come and do it here?
Rant over. Sunny, three swims and watching the boats go by. Busy, busy, busy. A very strange stealth boat appeared for lunch in the bay. Non military, so goodness knows what that was all about.
Folk were sun bathing on the stern as it left, so I don’t think even the Greek navy would allow that! The views from the swimming jetty are just fabulous.
So that was that was the day. A pizza for lunch, a couple of beers and …………relax.
I listened to Brian Manby on RFP, coming through loud and clear. This time jigging around to Glen Miller and ‘In the Mood’. Tomorrow maybe guilt at just sitting again will well up and we may drive off and ‘do’ something. We shall see. Decisions like that can’t be rushed or hurried.
The other thing about our other guests is they never stop talking. You go for a quiet time by the sea, your favourite spot has been stolen and when they do arrive they get in the water and swim and talk at a very high volume. Peace? I’d love some. Grumpy old man over and out.
Thanks for reading. 😃😉 Seriously it was a beautiful day. Take care M & M 🍷🍸🇬🇧🍷
We travelled down to Cape Dukato which is the farthest southern tip of the island today. Last night we saw a new couple arrive back in their car, while we were eating, they purposefully strode to the lift and entered. We gave them four minutes. They had gone into the lift that goes down to the beach, they re emerged and walked off to the right lift to take them up to reception and the rooms. Maybe you had to be there but just such a funny incident.
We passed many way side shrines, some of the pick:
I have always had the same fascination for way side shrines as I developed for New Zealand mail boxes.
We didn’t get back to the hotel till about five and headed straight for the poolside bar. The lovely staff were there. Tassos our dinner waiter and the lovely reception lady and the chef, names to be established.
Tomorrow may be another lazy day but we shall need staff, you always need staff!
Thank you for reading. Please do comment, we are so, so lucky to be here. Take care M & M .
We ate last night in one of the two Tavernas in the village and we both had sea bass. It was glorious, fresh, meaty (you can say that about fish, can’t you?) and packed with flavour. The mum who does the cooking came and told me off, in a very jokey fashion, for not eating the flesh inside the head, which she said was the best bit. The son who does the waiting, cleared our favourite table by the very open window and said, “There, you can sit at the front!.”
Last night I tried to capture the eclipse of the moon but without a tripod, it was a bit of a lack lustre effort.
Yesterday was change over day, many of the folk we had got to know over the last few days went home, and at breakfast this morning it looked like no one new had arrived to take their places. The hotel shuts next week and the Taverna family are heading back to Athens, so no point hanging around as we might starve to death!
So once more, some photos from during the week coming up:
So that was the day. We drank, we swam, we ate, we swam, we drank. We are eating at the hotel tonight, so Mary can sample the Moussaka and tomorrow is another day in paradise. We made our minds up we will come back, there is no mistake about that. Thank you for reading, take care M & M.
I bid the lovely lady at breakfast a hearty, “Kalimera!” She smiled broadly as she said it back. The sun was shining.
And that was that, we went down to the beach (not a beach as we know it Jim) at the hotel and we stayed there. So here below are a few picture highlights from during the week. I took very few today but Mary did take a couple.
The forecast for tomorrow is even better, so it may be more of the same.
So instead of saying “Kalimera” to the lovely smiling lady at breakfast I have reduced it simply to “Mera” meaning morning and left the “Kali” meaning good, out of it. She laughed but promised the day would improve. They told us that yesterday so we took it with a pinch of salt, two poached eggs and two tomatoes topped with Feta. The rain was so hard at around 7 this morning I didn’t need the alarm because it woke me up.
It stopped raining, so we drove down to the church, that you can see as you pass by on the ferry to Meganisi. And guess what? Yep we saw the ferry.
As we climbed back up to the car it began to rain. But again luckily we got back before the main downpour. We headed to a bakery, bought a couple of ham baguettes and drove to Sivota to sit and watch the world go by. Such was the force and quantity of the rain, one boat in our local harbour had sunk and when we got to Sivota an awful lot of bailing out was going on. I could imagine the conversation…………….”You did put the boat cover on last night didn’t you?” “Well, er, um, er.” Stern look…………… The ducks looked incredibly happy and gathered round Mary to tell her what a wonderful night they all had had.
The rain stopped once more. We sat and had a drink then headed back to the hotel. At last the sun on the water again.
So all looking promising for swimming and sunning tomorrow, the forecast is good.
Here we go another afternoon watching the rain come down. We did get to Vasiliki for lunch but boy timing again: we got back to the hotel seconds before the heavens opened.
Above is one of Mary’s from yesterday. And not to be outdone one of mine of flowers and the sea.
The lunch in the pouring rain was at least under shelter!
We drove back in fairly light rain, walked from the car to the hotel in the dry but then once inside you could hardly see the mountains the other side of the bay.
The meal in the hotel last night was delicious and I swear I ate the best plate of home made Moussaka, I have ever tasted in all my visits to Greece over the years. I told the chef so and he was delighted. Oh yes, and fairly early this morning before it all went horribly wrong, we discovered how the whole hotel looks SO clean and smart all the time.
Tomorrow is allegedly going to be sunny and dry. Fingers crossed. May the Greek god of time ‘Kronos’, continue to look after us. Take care M & M
A quick update. It’s pouring with rain. The lovely lady who serves at breakfast has told us the weather in England is much better. So one shot from the balcony and one shot of the other laugh from yesterday: the menu. Clock the third line down. I wonder if I might just get a job as a proof reader. Na’h it would stop everyone laughing and we can’t have that now, can we?