We got away with it once……..

But alas not twice. The lightening started around two o’clock, tailed off but started again in earnest at about four thirty. And the heavens opened and then some. Those bright flashes illuminate briefly the whole of the sea and the Cypress tree shadows dance wildly on the bedroom curtains. Then crash as the thunder hits the air waves and the splintering sound erupts and echoes across the water. So this is Thursday and it just hasn’t got off to a good start. The rain eased after breakfast and we ventured off towards Mongonisi island which can be approached across a narrow strip of land and is famous for its sandy beach. The beach was there alright but emptier than I have ever seen it; in fact there was no one on it all.

The sun loungers remained piled up and the wind blew. We sat and had a beer and a coffee in the very smart taverna, which back in the day was a pretty ramshackle excuse for an eatery.

The taverna the same as the beach and not heavily patronised but a lovely catamaran in the harbour, just to prove I do know what one looks like……..see later.

There are an awful lot of olive trees on Paxos, indeed at one time there were over 150 olive presses working here. When the wind blows a gale as it has done today, the whole of the island groans and moans; sounding as though Poseidon himself has returned to shatter the island even further than he did in the first place, allegedly making it with his trident, when he separated it from the southern tip of Corfu. If ever you visit here you will notice that the trident is now the symbol of the island. Mythology or truth?

It began to rain again so we headed back to the villa for lunch, passing this strange beast anchored off shore on the way. If any of our nautical chums have a clue what it is, we sure would love to know. At first we thought it was a catamaran but we have decided that the pointy bit at the front (the bow) was just one piece and not divided into two.

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If that’s the front door at the front of the vessel, you would need a pair of wellies to come visiting.

So lunch and at about three the sun came out and a scramble to sit outside by the pool. Oh dear, so short lived at five the heavens opened again and more rain danced on the patio.

All the floors in the villa look like they are wood, including the shower. I wonder where the idea of the pattern came from? Oh, that tree looks as though it may know something.

The said shower and a now slightly faded slogan from the side of the supermarket in Lakka, that in 1978 looked pristine. OK, all for now as we are off to Gaios, to eat. At least today’s blog is today and tomorrow I will let you know of any more flying flowerpots during dinner.

Thank you for reading M & M 🇬🇷🙏🏼💦☔️⚡️

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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.

5 thoughts on “We got away with it once……..”

  1. Sarah & I had the BEST fried courgette on our hols here in June. The original tav to the right when facing, which was the only one open we we first went, in 78 as you reminded us, has also reopened but looked like more of a bar, but if you took the car you wouldn’t have passed it. S & I walked BOTH ways from Gaios on hottest day of our stay & got sunburnt legs.

    Re catamaran: no idea, but prob one of the boats we saw a few years ago with liveried staff outnumbering the guests and two treadmills on the upper deck with a personal trainer. Also when we were there BS (before stroke) we saw the strangest boat, really futuristic designery and have recently spotted it as being designed by Richard Rogers or the other one. Yes, Norman Foster. From memory it was a gunmetal shade. Cost trillions.

    I bought a very small can of Paxos olive oil for a lot of euros when we were there. Have you seen the price of his local wine? Will stick to Tesco.

    Hope the rain has stopped.

    Love P & R xx

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