Kalo mina, summer has, finally, begun. After a slow start the skies are bright blue, the temperature hot, and the sea calm and welcoming, and with it all a general good feeling of holidays! The shops, hotels, kafenions and tavernas are filling with tourists and the school children are enjoying the long summer break, often seen on the beach, in the sea or at the pool, three months of holidays can pass by very quickly!
All in all, there is an anticipated feeling of relaxation and happiness, and where better to enjoy the fabulous weather than on the beach, lounging on a sun bed or sitting at a beach front taverna, the scene, here in Agia Galini, really is perfect. Our local beach recently held the beach Ju-Jitsu championships with participants of all ages. It was a very successful event, although watching it was rather exhausting!
When the temperature is climbing what better way to refresh (and treat) yourself than with an ice cream, a treat enjoyed for centuries. With such a variety on offer and most of the bars and cafes now offering many exotic flavours, which can be enjoyed while relaxing back, taking in the view, sitting in a comfy seat... a lovely way to pass the time. Limani Cafe-bar in the village harbour has many delicious flavours to choose from, so many in fact, that it is impossible to choose only one! This is a nice article from the news, it seems that ice cream has always been a popular choice, and it would be nice to see it served in the traditional way from a bicycle cart.
Relaxing, eating, drinking and enjoyment can make for a wonderful holiday and the Ancient Greeks were famous for it. In Greece and Crete there are plenty of opportunities to sample and savor the delicious local foods and drinks. My favourite local city, Rethymno, has been awarded European Wine City 2018 . It's a beautiful city with wonderful architecture, narrow winding backstreets, a good variety of shops, plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants, a splendid coast and lush park, so is definitley worth a visit, and, obviously, is the perfect place to try some of these famous wines… just be certain there is a comfy place to recline should you try a little too hard!
Photo credit: Stochos Apartments, Agia Galini, www.agia-galini.com