“Travels to a Different Time ” : 4September2022: Pythagoras, Samos, Greece

Up at 06:45 for our flight from Athens to Samos. Taxi came to pick us up at 08:00 and off to the airport. Had a sandwich and a water at the airport. Saw a German family around asking where they could get a “real breakfast”. Saw them after eating eggs and ham! Sehr Gut! In the old way took a bus to the airplane on the tarmac. A small 30-seater prop and it was a 45-minute flight to Samos with a hearty breakfast of a cookie and some water. The lady from Trans Union car rental was in the lobby of the tiny airport with a” Robert Stephen” sign. Their office was a short walk from the arrivals lounge. A small red Suzuki with only 5/8 in the tank and two warning lights on. She swiped the credit card some 4 times with no luck. Almost had to grab the card from her as who wants a compromised card frozen. Upgraded to a suite overlooking the ocean. Trying the road and car took a short trip to beach town of Herion. After 5 years a swim in the ocean! We do like the Doryssa Bay Resort but it is right over the flight path to the airport so thank goodness there are not that many flights into Samos as the planes are about 600 feet overhead. The drive to the town of Pythagoras is a few minutes away and you can park in a big dusty lot outside of town. The place is crammed with tourists almost all European. Went to Knife and Fork overlooking the harbour recommended to Fotini by a friend. I had oven roasted pork shank and Fotini a blue cheese burger. Not bad for mostly vegetarians. When you don’t eat much meat and eat it this may cause tummy and digestive issues as it did to me. The Greek salad was good but Samian tomatoes are no tastier than our tomatoes in Toronto. Years ago they were much sweeter. Complimentary ice cream and watermelon for dessert but given the gurgling stomach I passed. Dinner with a beer and Greek salad was 36 Euros. Oh glorious sleep! Crashed blissfully at 23:30!

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."

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