“Travels to a Different Time” : 26July2000: Samos, Greece: Off to the Agia Paraskevi Religious Festival and Feast

Off to the religious feast and festival at a tiny church on the oceanfront near an area that is called Kedros. The church is a tiny country church overlooking the Aegean. It was a short trip on the municipal bus and was left off at a gas station with a small road leading to the tiny whitewashed church. It is so small I wonder if more than 10 people can fit in! A lengthy service standing in the blazing heat. Bread was passed around to all in attendance. All were given a container of “yorti” which is buckwheat cooked with a bit of beef. What an event for a non-Greek. Not a tourist in sight. What a setting on a hill overlooking a turquoise-coloured ocean.

Headed off to the beach after buying a spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie). The beach was a town beach called Gagou with a disco playing cool music to the joy of the youth of the town having a great time. Not the most picturesque beach by Greek standards but the water was warm and clean. There were a few wrinkly older European women topless. Welcome to a beach with Germans! The snack bar had very reasonable prices and the vibe was very young. The long hot day caused a collapse at 22:00 and slept until 10:30 finally waking up feeling like a rested human being. Jet lag is the curse of transatlantic travel but it is your body telling you it needs time to adapt!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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