Faris Hotel Revisited January 2018

The Tayegetus peak covered in snow. Credit Nikos Kapsalis

This is the view from our room at the Faris Hotel, as it was in the middle of January 2018. Luckily there was no snow on the approach road as there had been in previous years.

Low-cloud over the Faris Hotel and the Tayegetus mountains. Credit Nikos Kapsalis

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very good. For two days we couldn’t see the peak because of low-lying cloud. The weather was very similar to that which we experienced when we visited in 2016.

Finally the cloud disappeared and the view of the mountain was spectacular, the one you can see in the photo above.

There was sad news awaiting us. My favourite dog, Argos, had been killed on 15th August, by wild boar. His mother had been partially blinded by them too, two years before. His remains (hair and skin) were all that remained of him. A very sad end to such a wonderfully gentle creature. I last saw him in April 2017 at Easter time. He was killed on the 15th of August, the Feast of the Virgin Mary.

Argos minus his satellite cat!
Credit Nikos Kapsalis

It wasn’t a totally gloomy stay, however, as Argos has a half-sister, although, she may be a sister, as no one is absolutely sure which of the local dos fathered her. I had thought that she was a he!

Argos younger brother and sister. Photo credit Nikos Kapsalis

My confusion arose because George, the owner of the Faris Hotel had said that he wanted  a male puppy like the mother, Thebe. I just thought that the puppy George kept was a male because of that conversation. This puppy’s name is Gola, so I should have realised that she is female (because of the feminine ending ‘a’). I’m not quite sure which puppy is Gola in the photo above! However, she is now much bigger!

Argos and his satellite cat! Photo credit Nikos Kapsalis

Gola and Argos’ cat friend are on very friendly terms, although Gola, (I call her Fluffy because I haven’t yet mastered the Greek gamma sound) mat not be as enamoured with Gola because she has a tendency to pick the cat up by the scruff of its neck so that she can take her to wherever she likes. Argos didn’t do that. the cat had much more freedom.

Log fire at the Faris Hotel. Credit Nikos Kapsalis

The log fire burned for the whole time we were at the hotel – four days, so we sat beside,or in front of it when the weather was bad. Then the weather cleared but it was freezing outside. In fact we only got out of the car to visit the ATM in Xirocambi, a village below the mountain.

We stayed in the Faris Hotel for meals, all cooked by George. I particularly like the meat plexoudi, plaited pork cooked in the oven.

I’m always sad when I leave the Faris Hotel and the Peloponnese, but hopefully, we shall return soon! Next time we may be able to explore more of the area.



About lynnee8

I have travelled extensively both for business (I am a teacher and teacher-trainer of English as a Foreign Language) and pleasure. I have just come back from Pakistan where I lived for 4 years. I love Greece and have lived there for more than 10 years although not all at one time.
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