“Travels to a Different Time ” : 7September2022: Samos the Last Day: Time to Kill

This is the last day in Samos. Another blue-sky day but on the balcony in our room overlooking the ocean the breeze was on the cool side and you certainly notice it on the beach. The top rated Doryssa breakfast at a table overlooking the ocean might constitute the gastronomic moment of the day. I always start the day with fruit and Doryssa has plenty of it including oranges, grapefruit and watermelon. There are 7 types of sliced meats and 4 types of just baked bread which you hold with a napkin when slicing. There are also varieties of cheese including feta and mizithra. The high fat Greek yogurt with honey is always a delightfully rare experience in North America where low fat is the norm. The scrambled eggs are not up to standard and the fried eggs are tough on the bottom but Greek eggs even when not perfectly prepared far surpass tasteless Canadian eggs. A delicious dark yolk almost orange in colour. The dining room is busy but we always manage to be seated outside overlooking the ocean. There are loads of European tourists at Doryssa Bay mostly Dutch and German. Lots of tattoos. Many children.  There were feral dogs and cats with a few guests feeding them. Our Olympic Airlines flight had been “rescheduled” from 11 to 4:30. Delay means after two hours EU passenger compensation rules kick in so airlines in Europe “reschedule” as opposed to calling it a delay. As the rental car was due at noon we had some time to use so returned to T and P‘s house in Mytilini to pick up my hat I had left behind. After that picked up some saffron at a store P had recommended. A gram of organic Greek saffron for 3.65 Euros. In Athens P told us the same brand sells for 9 Euros.

At noon the car was returned to Auto Union at Samos Airport. When asked how the car was I noted two engine warning lights were on, the floor mats curled and the gas tank was not full when I picked up the car. The clerk seemed offended and stormed off. What a bozo company. Never again! It is a sham that they publish only glowing reviews about themselves. The roads in Samos are narrow but fun driving. The roads are winding so there is little opportunity for passing but that does not stop hot heads from tailgating and roaring out to pass you. Very few drivers here, like North America, observe the speed limit. You get a much better sense of the island and topography when driving as opposed to taking the bus which by the way has good service in Samos. We had 4 and a half hours to wait until our “rescheduled” flight departed for Thessaloniki. Being a tiny airport not much to do but sit outside and chat to people. Saw two West Highland Terriers just like our Dylan.  Checked in early and sat in the modern departure lounge.

Two West Highland Terriers at Samos Airport (Photo Robert K. Stephen)

The flight to Thessaloniki was smooth and at airport picked up by a prearranged car. Our hotel Daios Luxury Living is on the main ocean promenade and we have a huge wrap around balcony overlooking the promenade and the ocean. Being a bit bushed I went out and rustled up some Mexican food which we had on our balcony along with a complimentary bottle of Crémant.

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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