Daily life on a greek island through the eyes of a local-alien, still 'foreign' even after more than 40 years residence. This 'foreigner' is a local-KIWI-alien so there is a New Zealand flavour to my writing. Photo above is the tranquil view from Pukehina Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
When family come to town there are certain places that we must show them, sites and sights that they must see.
First of all is the mighty 4000 year old theatre of Epidavros only one hour away. This years season is just about to start with ancient greek dramas and comedies performed just as they used to be with the audience sitting on the tiers of marble seats still baking from the summer sun.
In winter you can clamber up those steep steps and have the place almost to yourself. My brother lets it all out on a bitter winter's day one November past
Or in the summer perform for the bus loads of tourists. I can't remember what Steven was doing. Looks like he was singing a bit of Pavarotti. From this centre stone you can be heard from the very top seats without a microphone, which they obviously did not have back then.
I used to go with them all, show them around. Now I wait down at the canteen and drink an iced coffee (frappe). That's me, the 'blonde' one with niece Betsy, from Australia, on my left
My favourite Mycenaean bridge. 4000 years old. It always amazes me how it was made and that it has survived in such excellent condition. This bridge was just one part of a huge network of roads so long ago
Those were the two touristy sites off the island. On the island it is more about eating and drinking.
Big brother and niece Debbie eat at Sotiri's seaside taverna. Everyone comes here to eat sometime during their stay, never mind the economic crisis and a little bit of expense.
You can feed the fish from your table. Friendly service, good prices, real Greek cooking made by the matriarch of the taverna family.
And the roof top terrace of our old house at sundown. My daughter, who lives there now, makes everyone welcome and we usually end up with a few beers and take-away souvlaki. This photo is some of my little brother's New Zealand family and their greek relatives
Greek and Australian cousins
Naturally coffee on the waterfront is always part of the daily programme
Some things don't change in this unhurried way of life. Photo 2009
Same cafe we sit in today
We have these ones now in our front 'sitting place'
Pays to be friendly or family with over half the island
I hope that I can say for all our visitors.... and these photos only show a few of those who have stayed with us over the years
I write. I create. I observe and record my life, after 40 years, in Greece. I love to create either with my handy craft, cooking or writing. Freeform always. Keep it simple, keep the interest, make it useful. I write about my garden sometimes, my grandchildren and the different culture and traditions. My New Zealand up bringing was so different from this way of life that I do truly feel like an alien at times. Greece is home but so is my kiwi 'homeland'. I am a citizen of both and an alien in both.