This return trip from Athens to the Peloponnese is now a very familiar one. Sometimes, when the wind is blowing away from the road, we stop at Kineta, where the oil refinery belches out its acrid smoke. We can’t take photos too close to the refinery for security reasons. We discovered this when a security guard appeared out of the blue and moved us and the camera away.
These rather large sheep were grazing close to where the first photo was taken. The man is a shepherd in charge of the flock.
The next stop is always to Rouchanas near Corinth for something fishy and some tsipourou. I have only just discovered that I like this drink, and so am making up for lost time. In fact, over the past few months, since I discovered I like it, I have become something of a connoisseur.
There’s a beach close to the taverna, but this time, we didn’t even sit outside, much less go to the beach. instead we joined the other customers (most eating crayfish) around the fireplace. We had shrimps and remembered not to order octopus, which is out of season until March. The frozen variety is not as good!
There was some debate about whether we should take a detour and go exploring, but we decided against that (for a change!). Had it been summer we wouldn’t have thought twice, but there was a possibility of snow.
We decided to go straight to the Faris Hotel, our usual haunt on top of a mountain in Laconia, near the monastery of Gola. My favourite dog was there to greet us. Although still technically a puppy, just a year old, he is huge. He had grown out, rather than up, and rather noticeably from when we last saw him two months before.
Of course, we started our stay with tsiporou in front of the fire in the restaurant part of the hotel. The next morning we awoke to the scene above. However, it was soon to snow on the peak of the pyramid pictured above.
Luckily it didn’t snow around the hotel as it had done the year before. I was fantasising about the possibility of getting snowed in, and was half hoping that would happen! But it didn’t!
We stayed for a week, but the weather was not too good and it was cold. Now it’s New Year’s Eve and I am wishing that I was back there!