“Travels to A Different Time” :29July2000: Samos: Off to Kokari: Too Much German Flesh Oozing All Over the Place: A Walk to Ano Vathi

Some of the morning spent booking a tour to the Turkish Archaeological site Ephesus. Prices varied from 14-23,000 dracs including lunch. Selected the 14,000 dracs option. Breakfast a spinach pie and a Fanta leminoda. Stopped at a local wine shop. No bottles there but large vats you fill up your own bottles with. About $2 for 1.5 litres. Filled up a bottle of Cretan white and local red. Drinkable and quaint. He had tanks of banana and cherry liqueur. This is an old tradition of buying from vats and I think it will be one that disappears. The customers were all older men.

Took the local bus to Kokari and unlike the last trip the bus was old with no air conditioning. Spectacular scenery as up high in the hills with a view of the azure blue sea below. Kokari is very touristy like Pythagorian with tourists outnumbering the locals. The main street is longer than in Pythagorian. There are many shops catering to the tourists. There are so many beaches. Selected the least touristy beach. You couldn’t go that far out as sea urchins abounded and you do not want to touch or step on them or you will get jabs with the spikes. Yet more elderly and rotund German ladies topless with crispy brown skin. Not so good for digestion. Found some Frito Lay Oregano Potato Chips. That’s a new flavour. The restaurants, some 15 of them are lined up in a row set with a view of the ocean benefitting from a breeze. Stuffed vegetables for lunch. Average quality. Since there was a 45-minute wait for the bus grabbed a taxi back to Vathi which was $5. Dinner was spinach pie and tomato salad and then off to Ano Vathi up the hill. This is the original Vathi with a spectacular view downwards of the ocean and Vathi. Narrow winding streets and stone houses seemingly piled over each other. This is the Greece of old and for the time being few tourists as not a beach town and mass tourism wants a beach town!

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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