Wednesday, 2 October 2019

A Breath of Foreign Air

Visits from my family always light up my life.  They bring a breathe of fresh air, another way of looking at this place and these people I live with.  We can laugh together at the oddities, puzzle over the differences in cultures and I enjoy the everyday customs with them.  Coffee at the green chairs with cheese pies and sesame rolls.  No, actually we didn't share any sesame rolls this time.  So much food to try, so little time.

Some very traditional people always keep up the high standard of hospitality by which the greeks are known.  K is proud of his culture, his country and will always outdo himself showing our honoured guests the best of our small island, our fresh, healthy cuisine, our enjoyment of life and make sure they are treated everywhere with respect and 'philoxenia', the unspoken law of generosity and courtesy.   He will go out of his way to make sure they are never hungry or thirsty and always comfortable in our home or wherever they may stay.

We are comfortable with our visitors as well.  Most of them have been before and know the score.  A back yard full of rubbish and a tiny bathroom in need of a bit of TLC doesn't put them off.  It's all part of that parcel.  Their duty free booze served on the balcony under the greek skies with views of the olive groves make up for any shortcomings.

My brother Paul and my sis in law Karen have been to visit us in Greece many, many times.  On their first visit we were both (sis in laws) pregnant with our first child. Those children are now 28 going on *0.  Sorry Im not allowed to say their exact age but those children now have their own children. 
 They have flown up from a land down-under (Australia) for weddings, baptisms, in mid summer and, bravely, in mid winter.  They have stayed in all our funny little houses and actually seem to enjoy every experience.  

Experience being the word.  Something always happens to make their stay remarkable.  This time it was
- the unexpected and lengthy power cut 
- their being moved out from their long booked hotel for one night in a next door pension
- almost having their credit card eaten up by a bank machine.  Mine was eaten up and then K's was too much to his extreme annoyance and all the yelling in the world couldn't get it back till the next morning
- and finally gale force winds which stopped all shipping on the day  they had to travel to Athens  to fly out

All part of the Poros adventure for these veterans


Food and drink are most important and the slogan around here is 'faï, faï'.  Eat, eat!!  On our first evening we dined beside the sea at the taverna we take everyone to.  They've been there before.

There was octopus and grilled fish, kalamari. meatballs, greek salad and a load of other dishes I cannot even remember.  Far too much as usual.  



Next morning
Coffee and cheese and spinach pies at the Green Chairs

We don't have to site-see with these two.  They've seen ancient Epidavros Theatre and trooped over the 2,500 year old stone bridge, walked over the Corinth Canal and eaten lamb chops at our favourite country taverna



Mid September and still warm enough to swim and sunbathe



We had a few showers one morning but a few hours later they were at the beach again






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21 comments:

  1. It sounds idyllic. You are ideal hosts - no wonder they always want to come back!
    I shall be knocking at your door with suitcase in hand very soon. Be warned :)

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    1. It really is quite basic but loads of food!

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  2. Super photos. It's always good to have visitors.

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    1. All the younger generation are travelling now. Every summer brings antipodeans

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  3. How lucky they are to have such a family on the island.

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  4. What an amazing celebration in such a magnificent country! Truly stunning,, thank you so much for sharing,

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    1. Family times are always fun...and a bit of hard work

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    1. They do all seem to love the place, even in rain and wind

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  6. Would you consider adopting me as a distant cousin? I'd be a very quiet visitor.

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  7. Totally selling your beautiful Island to me.Me and hubby have been to quite a few of the smaller Greek islands, far preferring them to the flashy, tourist saturated larger resorts.

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    1. Poros has its share of foreign tourists but most of the visitors are greeks. The island is easy to reach from athens

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  8. Delightful.... The perfect way to travel... To experience the area we visit. Not to want to have everything-like-at-home, and peek out, at the visited place.

    Seems common sense, but is it?

    With your folks, it is. Great for them and for you!

    🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁

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  9. Makes me homesick. Although Greece isn’t really home. Just the home of my parents. But I guess Greek is in our blood and we all just love the food, view and the life

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    1. You can take a girl out of greece but you can't take the greek out of the girl, no matter how many generations back!

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  10. Here's another vote for an adoption plan for eager travellers willing to do the washing up for a day or two at your house :)

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    1. Washing up, and all the rest that goes with it!! I'll take a dozen of those

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  11. Sounds like ideal weather conditions still there, glad to see you are still enjoying people contact even though Autumn is there for you. And your family sounds like mine, my mum is one of 9 and whenever everyone gets together it's like they all trying to talk at once.

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