Over the past two weeks or so, I have enjoyed the most relaxing and wonderful holiday period that I have had in years. The kid has been away (on and off) for almost a month, spending his time swimming, eating and running around doing things that only kids can really understand. This has meant that the love of my life and I have had a real honeymoon after 12 years of marriage.
We spent a relaxing time at home first where I didn’t bother to clean or cook or do any of the hundred little thing one does in a normal week. We wasted time playing computer games which we haven’t done for a long, long time. Playing music, going out for drinks with friends and doing things people do when their kids are away.
We then took off to a nearby island, with absolutely no plan except to swim and take pictures. With typically good luck (remember this was one of the busiest weekends of the year for people leaving town), we found one of the most beautiful places to stay on the island. Three days of swimming, eating, meeting some wonderfully interesting people and generally being lazy and happy.
We returned to Athens for one night and left for Kalamata to stay with friends. We had intended to go for a couple of days but stayed for five. We took a trip with them into Mani, a place neither of us had ever visited. A deeply fierce and beautiful place that I think will stay with us for ever. We both fell in love with a village called Kardamyli, which seems to have stood still for centuries but manages to be quite hip. We spent several hours there just soaking up the feel of the place and chatting with some extremely friendly and hospitable residents before sitting down to several ice-cold beers in a charming cafe.
Butcher Shop in Kardamyli
We saw so much that day that I don’t think I have taken it all in yet. We were in no rush to get somewhere or see something. Just driving and stopping where we felt like it. In the company of good, good people.
Anyway, I don’t want to turn this into a holiday diary but I just wanted to say how much I was inspired by this holiday, having been able to switch off from the usual chaos of city living and daily life that so often weighs us down. So, I come back refreshed, as much in love as ever (if not more so), happy to see the kid taller and healthier looking than when we left him and with the biggest smile on his face.
He declared that this has been the best summer ever. I agree. It has.
Normal blogging will resume after the weekend.