Thursday, 4 May 2017
It's summer time and the weather is fine
Summer arrived today, at 1.00 this midday.
I drove down the mountain wearing only a thin jacket. Sunglasses were absolutely necessary. What made it conclusive was a rendezvous with friends at a seaside taverna. And the taverna was open. And so was the one next door. And the bar on the other side. The beach was full of sunbeds, if not sunbathers. There may have even been a tourist shivering in the sea.
Time for a long lunch with greek salads, local wine and cold beer. And later siesta. Well, it was true about the siesta. I didn't dine with my friends because K back home had already whipped up one of his specialities with fresh fish.
Panorama Taverna, actually it is called a 'restaurant', right on the beach at Askeli Bay, the main tourist haunt of the island but also home to a lot of the natives. My english friends have an awesome house there, up a very steep hill to be sure but with the most magnificent panoramic views of the bay below, mountains and the deep blue sea
All ready and waiting for an invasion of tourists, Greek and foreign
This shows it's location, the sea and sunbeds just a wobble away after a long lunch
The tall and cheerful waiter Vangelis. I have known him since he was in Primary school. He has grown somewhat in the last 17 years and his english is excellent
Some of the gang have arrived and are ready to order their greek salads and moussaka. Welcome back Steve and Judy.
WE however are eating fresh fish stewed with tomatoes and potatoes and lots of boiled cauliflower. Don't wrinkle your nose. Steamed cauliflower or broccoli go perfectly with any sort of fish.
Meanwhile, back in Our bay, tall grandson beats an octopus on the rocks so it is tender enough for a quick turn on the grill
Our local, Vagionia Bay, is open and this last long weekend was full of holidaying Greeks. This was the May Day long weekend. 5th June is yet another long weekend. This one called Agio Pnevmatos in Greek. The feast of the Holy Spirit I think in english. 40 days after Easter.
May to October. Sunshine and heat. Crowds. Warm seas and watermelon. Mosquitoes and flies. I CAN do this. Again.