Saturday, 17 September 2016

Holiday camp

9 am and a beautiful autumn day has dawned.  We are sitting on the balcony of our third floor room at a holiday camp for Naval personnel.  K is ex Navy and  we can apply each year to stay for up to 2 weeks.  During July and August this base pulsates with 1,500 holiday makers, mostly families with young children.  Sounds like a horror movie to me.  Now there are only 70 of us, temperatures are in the low, low 30's, nights are cool and starry, the sea is warm and all is well with our world.

There be foxes in them thar hills.  The foxes come down to the beach after dark and even wander in amongst the buildings hoping for a crumb of leftover pizza

The camp is closing down for the winter.  In midsummer there are loads of facilities, an ouzeri with a view over the long sandy beach and across the bay to the island of Evia, a Grill, Sweet shop, 2 cafeterias and a pizza parlour all with prices as low as they can go

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack go unda limbo stick

Limbo lower now
How low can you go?

Chubby Checker and summer days on Maketu beach in the 60's.

The ouzeri was open last night and the pizza place is open this evening.  Tomorrow we will be left with only the restaurant and one cafeteria.  Believe me, I'm not complaining.  Two people can eat  for almost nothing, portions are huge and they provide small disposable bowls for the leftovers!

The hotel style room is just a shell. They provide the bed, mattress, a couple of chairs and a small table on the balcony.  There is a bathroom and small kitchenette with a fridge.  You provide the rest from pillows to bucket and mop, sheets, towels, cups and plates and even the little gas burner essential for making greek coffee.  We load the car up to the roof with our own supplies and are happy to do so.  Oh, and free Wifi.  

You'll be hearing more.


  1. I must say, this reminds of those Soviet holiday complexes on the Black Sea.

    1. My first reaction was to indignantly disagree with you but on second thought you're damn right. Gave me quite another way of looking at it!! Doesn't stop my enjoyment of the place mind you. Only chance we get of having a holiday in this economic crisis. Our pensions were the first to be slashed in half. Jolly ho or whatever the ruskies would say.

    2. I'm sure the Russian 'workers' who went to those centres had a fabulous time... and I believe it was all FREE.

  2. Sounds pretty good, to me. No tourists, a beautiful setting, low, low prices, and a warm sea. Paradise! Have a wonderful time. Meanwhile, "Lets twist again..."

    1. Yeh, let's twist again....some great songs and great memories!