The way I see it.

So, here’s the thing, I’ll write the words first but if the pictures don’t download, I’ll just post the text.

The island was not visible as we left the harbour at Sivota on the ferry. Ferry is actually rather too grand a word for the vessel, which transported us. At a rough guess there were about twenty of us and with our luggage that kinda was it and the boat was full.

As we drew closer, out of the mist, Paxos began to emerge. We have now been to the island some ten times in all, I guess. It was one of our very early first Greek adventures and if you believe a lovely fisherman and bar owner in Lakka, one Diogenes Apheregliss, known to us a Theo, all those years ago it is the place that our first daughter Laura was conceived. We returned there many times but when we arrived for our yearly visit, one year, Theo quickly did the maths and declared Laura a Paxos girl!

We calculated once, a while back, that if all the years we had been on earth, if you added all our holidays in Greece together i.e. a week here, a fortnight there; we have spent over a year of our existence on this wretched planet in Greece. This to me is the most beautiful thought you could possibly have. We have always left a little bit of us behind on this particular island, don’t ask me why but it just captures your soul. So as it slowly came more into vision and sharper from the very tip of the boat, I began to feel just a little tear of happiness filling my eyes. Silly old goat I hear you cry, but emotionally this wonderful place always gets to me and I begin to wonder if this is now sentimentality looking back at lost youth or the concrete fact that no one gets out of here alive and I will eventually be robbed of the joy of this place.

Mary looked delighted to be back and the crossing was as calm as a mill pond on a summers morning. So we got in the smallest hire car ever invented, found the villa, and rushed down into Gaios for dinner. A Greek salad, courgette balls (😱), spag.boll and chips. We know how to live! Beer for Mary, Rose wine for me €33, which I didn’t think was too expensive; of course you may know better but it tasted delicious.

B.A., so sorry and I know it was free but the meal on the plane was truly, truly un exciting. ✈️

Thanks for reading (touch of the two Ronnies here) the blog on the day after it happened. Today is Monday all the above happened on Sunday. And today not much is happening at all.

Thank you for reading,

Malcolm & Mary 🍴🍻🍹








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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

8 thoughts on “The way I see it.”

  1. Umm, doing the maths Laura couldn’t have been a Paxos baby. That would mean you would have to have been in Paxos in February?! Really? XxX

  2. Sounds idyllic, including the ‘not much happening’ bit. Enjoy, although it sounds as if you don’t need any encouragement to do so! Xx

  3. Once again the Treen bandwagon hits the road.
    Sentimental old fool? Well, maybe, but at our age when we look back, I guess we all have special places and special memories associated with them..


    1. Thanks Frank. It is a special place and the Greeks always were and indeed are today so friendly. They used to make such a fuss of both our girls, for they were both subjected to foreign travel at very early ages, that we could never repay the kindness. The predicted thunderstorm has just hit, the power has gone off and a big emergency light has come on; just in case you wondered why I was writing this at three in the morning.

  4. Glad to hear you made it😊! You brought a little tear to my eye 😉 Lots of love you, and Paxos

    From your Paxos girl ☺️ xxxx

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Haven’t made it to Lakka yet but, of course, we shall. The holiday rep in his little address to the folks this morning recommended Yunions in Lakka to eat. Said it was still the old fashioned come in and look what we have tonight in the kitchen, type place. Will let you know if he is still cooking or if it is son of Yunion now! Should have been a journalist but there you go, couldn’t spell for toffee but it is true about this place, so emotional.
      Take care Paxos lady xxxx❤️❤️

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