Monday, 19 June 2017
On the Island
Summertime and the main harbour road has been cleared of cars and most of the motorbikes. No parking anywhere near the cafes. Now motorbike owners are playing a cat and mouse game with the police. Park your bike opposite your cafeteria but be ready to put down your coffee and move your bike fast when the patrol car cruises past. Mind you the police do give a couple of toots so you have some warning before they actually write a ticket. And if you do get one of those pink slips then the fine is half price if you pay in twenty days. 20 euros for a motorbike as we found out last week!
Our favourite cafe from across the road. That is our 'company' under the shade of the tree.
This is the narrow canal that separates the two islands, Kalavria and Spheria. The smaller fishing boats pass under the bridge and into Askeli bay, with the fisherman hunched down in his boat.
Spheria is where the main town is located with the tiers of white houses down it's volcanic slopes. Kalavria is larger and mostly pine covered with clusters of houses and hotels built around parts of it's coast.
This sign says
"It is forbidden to throw dead animals down the into gulley. They pollute the environment and the water we drink".
The sign was nailed to a tree up the top of the mountain road a couple of years ago. I think once some lazy farmer got rid of a dead donkey this way. Our water supply comes from a clean resevoir in another area thank goodness and really I am sure it is easier to dig a hole and get rid of a carcass than to drag it up to the top of the hill and heave it over.
Another way to take a selfie. Take a photo of your reflection in the side mirror of the car. My photographer in action