After 10 awful hours on an Air Canada flying basement Athens was a chance to break out of our little prison but seems COVID has played around with Greece as there were no gates available so stuck on the airplane for 30 minutes. Ordinarily we would have made a connecting flight to Samos but with two of our internal flights in Greece already rescheduled we thought it safer to stay the night at Dolce Wyndham Attica some 17 kilometres from the Athens airport right on the beach but I was simply too beat to have a swim. And we must leave the hotel by 08:00 for our flight to Samos. Just prior to leaving Toronto we learnt there had been an earthquake and two aftershocks in Samos 17 kilometres off the coast from the town we were staying in Pythagoras. No casualties or significant property damage. We were picked up by our prearranged car for the trip to the hotel in Vravrona. It is a massive complex more American than Greek. I mean there was even an Australian medical conference being held there! Pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts and a basketball court. Bars and restaurants all over. Had a twenty-minute walk after a brief nap to Koralli Psarotaverna where a delicious meal consisting of a half litre of house white, Greek Salad, octopus, eggplant dip, zucchini fritters and a complimentary dessert (traditional Greek custom) for 41 Euros. Upon arriving back at the hotel listened to some Moroccan hip hop at the pool. Crashed out exhausted at 22:00.
Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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." View more posts