Frightfully cold. Frightfully wet. And frightfully -- delightfully -- winter in Greece!
|Mani olive groves and the Taygetos Mountains|
Had I written last week, I would have been telling you that we were having an unseasonal heat wave with temperatures reaching near 70F or 21C degrees. I would have told you that some were swimming in the sea. Wild flowers, usually not seen in the groves until March had begun blooming. We were able to hike in shirtsleeves.
|Hiking the Mani in our shirtsleeves|
'Haven't had these temperatures in 50 years', reported one media. Another said 160 years since such a heat wave. . .so it wasn't climate change, just a climate cycle involving such a span of time we missed the first two!
|Swimmer on the beach below our house last week|
|Our Taygetos Mountains finally have a dusting of snow|
I know, for those of you dreaming of basking on sun baked Greek beaches, it could be a shock to think of Greece as cold and wet, but it can be. And it is! This time Leandros is to blame. It is the name given the system that put an end to those sunny warm days. The system that will keep it wet and cold for at least a few more days.
|Snow continues to fall on the peak behind us|
|Views of our valley in winter|
At least we aren't alone as Facebook friends in Istanbul, Italy and Spain have all been posting photos of snowfall!
|Thessaloniki - drone photo; credit: Greek Reporter|
It is our first full winter in the Greek Peloponnese. We normally leave about this time of year and don't return until sometime in February. Many of you who've been with us at TravelnWrite for a few years, know that for the last decade, we've made Hawaii our timeshare-home-away-from-home this time of year. Covid-19 prevented that this year, so we are half-way through our first full January at our Stone House on the Hill.
|Like a cake dusted with powdered sugar|
According to a variety of internet sources, the average weather in the Peloponnese during this first month of the year is a high of 47F or 9C and low of 37F or 3C. The average rainfall is about 129 mm or 5-inches and it rains on average 13 days in January.
|Kardamyli and the Messinian Gulf from a hiking trail|
|Olive harvest continues in January|
|Shopping in Kalamata - a treat these days|
|Winter lockdown night out in the village parking lot|