Like the proverbial bear, the villages are stretching and yawning; awakening from their winter’s hibernation. The pace of life in The Mani is picking up momentum as it welcomes spring and 'the season'.
|Wild poppies are in full bloom|
|Our olive grove mid-March|
|Wisteria, the Mediterranean poster child|
Signs of spring aren’t limited to the blooms in this part of Greece, there’s been an accompanying frenzy of activity the last couple of weeks as owners prepare their restaurants, tavernas, retail stores and beaches for what is hoped to be an onslaught of tourists.
|Grooming Pantazi Beach|
|Restaurant beach cabana in Kalamata readies for the season|
|With the new freeway bypass you can avoid Kalamata's beach road completely - but why?|
|Window display at the Shell Service Station - Kalamata|
We’ve seen an increase in the commercial side of the holiday this year with Easter baskets, bunnies and candies available to purchase from every type of store imaginable.
Even with bunnies and baskets, the traditional long decorated candles are still prominently displayed – in fact, there were some for sale at the neighboring village’s post office.
Those candles are lit during Saturday’s late night service as the Pappas, the priest announces to the gathered crowd in the squares near churches,“Cristos Anesti!” or Christ is Risen!
For more photos of that celebration, click here for a look at last year’s Easter in the village.
|Seasonal Easter kiosks in the pedestrian square of Kalamata sell candles and jewelry|
|Good Friday, our village church, 2016|
|The Stone House on the Hill|
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