The last Days of a Greek Summer

Loutraki beach
Loutraki beach

The last day of September, and what a beautiful day, it is too.

The previous week, Autumn had hit Greece with a bang, totally unexpected, black clouds gathered, the wind howled and we had rain, temperatures dropped from around thirty degrees centigrade to the low twenties.

We scuttled indoors when evening fell, the wind made it too uncomfortable to sit in the garden, as I closed all the windows, the first time since late Spring, I was overcome by a great sadness, is this it then, the end of  summer?

The end of lazy, boozy evenings with friends and family in the garden?

Are we going to have to be indoors from now on?

It's too early!


Lazy summer evenings  Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Lazy summer evenings
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Summer's end  usually happens around the beginning of November in LoutrakiI should have known better, we were only having an odd week of bad weather.

Today dawned sunny and calm, still a bit chilly in the early morning, but things soon warmed up, I grabbed my beach gear and headed seawards.


The track to the beach Photo Greeker than the Greeks
The track to the beach
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I only need to cross the road from our house and I'm on a narrow, rough  track which will take me to the beach.

It's rare that I ever meet anyone, the odd car sometimes comes along, causing me to jump into the undergrowth at the edge.

 I worry about snakes when this happens, quite a few have slithered across my path down here, especially in the spring.

I stroll along taking in the scenery, a few olive trees here and there, and tall cypress trees standing to attention in the distance, all against a backdrop of the Gerania mountains.


Gerania mountains  Loutraki  Photo - Greeker than the Greeks
Gerania mountains Loutraki
Photo - Greeker than the Greeks

Olive trees and the Gerania mountains.

Cypress trees standing to attention in the distance Photo Greeker than the Greeks
Cypress trees standing to attention  in the distance
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Houses are few and far between, one I sometimes stop to  admire is well kept, spic and span, painted sparkling white with bright blue shutters.



Greek house Loutraki
Greek house Loutraki
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I do love this house but I'm not sure if it it isn't out of character with its surroundings, I think,  maybe it's more suited to one of the Greek Islands, the Cyclades let's say.

Once I reach the end of the track the sea awaits me, no matter how often I see the sea, which is every day, that first glimpse takes my breath away.

My heart soars!


The first glimpse of the sea
The first glimpse of the sea


Loutraki beach
Loutraki beach

I had the beach to myself, just as I like it, people ask me if I become bored, do I take a book with me?

No to both questions.

I sit and look at the sea, what's in there? what's out there? Do we really know?

It is so peaceful and calming.

I just sit and think and reflect on life.

Feeling the sun on your face, the breeze on your skin, the silkiness of the water once you are in the sea, for me it's heaven!

A peace of heaven
A peace of heaven


At the very end of the tiny outcrop of land, just visible in the centre of the picture, is the Heraion (Melagavi) lighthouse, at night, from my bedroom balcony, I can see the light blinking, keeping sailors safe.

Heraion, Melagavi lighthouse
Heraion, Melagavi lighthouse


The Gerania mountains, are to my right, as I sit on the beach, the Acroplois of Ancient Corinth, is to my left.


Loutraki
The large Mountain in the middle is Ancient Korinth.


At the top of the Mountain are the remains of an ancient fortress, at the foot, many ancient ruins, and a splendid museum.


I hear the church bells of Saint Marina in Loutraki ringing, which means  it's one o clock, they only ring at one o clock, what the significance of this is, I don't know, anyway, time for one last dip in the sea, dry off and head for home and lunch.


Home in sight
Home in sight

Back to where I started from, our house is in sight.

My shorts seemed to be getting rather snug, so yesterday, I weighed myself, first time for months!

Austerity measures are in order, hence the light lunch, of salad and scrambled eggs.


A light lunch
A light lunch

  Sea fever
John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

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