“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
-- Jenny Han
|A summer's eve at The Stone House on the Hill|
|My garden is wilting, the olive grove dry. . .|
|Summer - the Messinian Bay looking toward Kalamata|
And so far we are finding it to be as postcard pretty as it appears in those tourist promotion photos!
In the past month or so, we have had houseguests with whom we’ve toured our area. Other times we’ve headed out on own. Sometimes we go no further than our village or our deck to remind us just how spectacular summer can be in Greece!.
(For those new to the blog and our story: we live just south of Kalamata – near Stoupa on the map to the left - in the Greek Peloponnese. We moved here full-time last October.)
So on this sweltering summer afternoon while I am enjoying our recently installed air conditioning, I decided to give you a quick look at summer in our Slice of Greece.
South to Limeni:
|Tourist accommodations are dotting the hillsides at Limeni|
Because Limeni and its neighboring New Oitylo village at the harbor (old Oitylo sits high on a hill above the two) are so close to us, it is an easy destination for a long lunch at one of the many tavernas or restaurants that line its long stretch of beach.
This area plays prominently in the area’s pirate history, but that’s a story for another day. . .for now we are now off to another seaside destination, just outside Kalamata. . .
North to KitriesWhether you follow the beach road from Kalamata, or head to it from an inland route, Kitries will literally be where the two roads intersect and end. We’d lived here for some time before we got around to following the recommendations of friends and finally visited the place. But once we saw it, we knew we’d be regulars to this picturesque spot on the Messinian Bay.
|Fishing boats at Kitries|
|Tavernas at Kitries|
Those tavernas were coming to life during our morning stop and preparing for a summer Sunday onslaught of sun-seekers.
Speaking of onslaughts. We are often asked by somewhat incredulous first-time visitors: "How did you find this place?!” Difficult as it is for our American friends to comprehend, the Mani, is a popular tourist destination and quite well known on this side of the Atlantic. Let me show you a section of that beach road to Kitries:
|Sun and beach seekers filled the road along the bay|
East into the Mountains – Milea
|Milea aka Milia village|
|Can you spot the Pappas?|
|The village taverna|
|Unexpected finds on the mountain roads include this mural on a shed|
“Rest is not idleness and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
-- Anna Godbersen
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
-- Charles Bowden
We hope that whatever the season you are experiencing, that you have the time to get out and experience its sights and sounds! We’ll be back next week and hope to see you here! Thanks for you time today and safe travels to you and yours.
Linking up this week with:
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Travel Photo Thursday –
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