8am and it's 30oC
There's a rush of cars and people, but it's midsummer, what else to expect
f;#@*ing chaos, get me outa here!
15 August is Greece's biggest holiday, the country closes down, as it does all over Catholic europe
We're revving up for a month with the holiday masses
This weekend as thousands of athenians leave for the august holiday we are having a heatwave.
Hot air is being pushed up from Africa. Teheran and Baghdad are cooler
A rush at the Friday market. We were there at 8am to get a better selection
Early morning fill-up for the luxury yachts. The only people stirring on these are the crew.
The cafeterias along the waterfront are mostly empty
Everyone stops for coffee, the plumber and the electrician double park to pick up their takeaways
Even the police are in coffee mode before heading up the back streets to their desks. They are both wearing helmets. Good boys.
We stop for coffee too. Eleni winds down the awning because it won't be long before the sun is blazing in onto the tables
An ice cold freddo espresso for me. More ice than coffee
The doctor stops off to order his coffee as well before heading up to his surgery above the coffee shops
9 am and I'm in the supermarket, or I would be if I could get in the door. They're still filling the shelves while the customers try to shop. Two lots of yachties have trolleys piled high and I rush to get to the checkout before them
Tassos at the deli counter has half a dozen in line for orders. I don't bother
Got some bread, beer and milk and I'm out!!
We brought the car down a few days ago and filled up with every necessity we could think of. I hope we don't have to shop for anything but bread till the end of the month.
Driving home needs lots of care. There are cars, scooters, big trucks and pedestrians on the roads. Weaving in and out of traffic, avoiding potholes and pedestrians that choose to walk on the road instead of the footpath is my nightmare. It's only a few minutes till the turn-off for our mountain road but it's a few minutes of turmoil.
Roll on September