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The small wonders of Lesvos

by Miranda on

That Lesvos is an island that has so many faces to show may be known by now. I mean from the olive and pine trees to the emptiness of the west.

It is so nice that you can wander around, make a turn and see something completely unexpected. And that is what happened today again.

We were wandering west of Agios Isidoros, a lovely small town near Plomari. The small road led us through beautiful views of mountains and olive tree orchards.

So we were enjoying our surroundings while I was having an interesting talk with Richard. We followed the road in a curve around a rock formation and then we saw this…

Stairs

Everyone of us had a “WOW” experience. This is what I call using the surroundings of your house. The stairs up to the house really embedded in the rocks of the mountain. So wonderful!

As I already said, I truly love how this was built, but I don’t want to think about carrying groceries or any alike up those stairs.

Later, back at the hotel I saw the same people laying in the full sun that were there already when we some hours earlier left for our walk. And they were there the days before too.
They will be missing all these wonderful things (and I even don’t want to think about what this amount of direct sunlight is doing to their skin).

Miranda
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Plane lesbos

So the first real day of our vacation to Lesvos. Lesvos again? Yes, Lesvos again and that for many reasons. Just read the articles that Marion and I will write during our vacation here and maybe you will understand why.

Our vacation really started yesterday. Because our plane would leave very early in the morning we decided to spend the night in a hotel close to the airport. The idea was very good, but we haven’t slept during our stay at the hotel. Marion was very restless during the night. I think that the wine she had during the dinner hit her harder as normal. Marion denies that, but I just don’t know.
The result was that we talked, laughed and had fun instead of sleeping.

The flight to Lesvos went without any problems. It went even very fast. I understand that when the wind is coming from behind the plane, it will speed up the trip, but that may result in the flight by 30 minutes shorter I never expected.

When we got off the plane the heat really hit us hard. The 38 degrees Celsius with a strong shinning sun is something different as the poor 20 degrees with cloudy skies we have in The Neherlands.
It will take some days to get used to that again.

Once outside of the airport of Mithlini all the other travelers were taken by buses to the hotels and studios where they would stay. But we would be picked up by Mel.
So we waited somewhere in the shadows as sudden some kind of battle scream sounded and a crazy Greek woman jumped on us and gave us the best Greek hugs ever. Mel had found us.

After we welcomed each other very enthoustiacly, we had a small lunch in Mythilini (wonderful sardines and a delicious salad with real Greek feta).

Garden Mel
This afternoon and evening we will stay at Mel’s place and enjoy her wonderful garden. Dinner (the Greek have normally way later dinner than we Dutch are used to) somewhere in Petra or Stipsi.

It is good to be back here again.

Rob

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In less as 200 days Marion and I travel to Lesvos again. I know, it is still quite some time, but it sounds so much better now it is below 200 days …. and it will sound even better when it is below 100 days! *SMILE*

Lesvos is an island that has so much to offer, that it is good to do some planning. Last year we did this with our close friends who travelled last year with us.
This year Marion and I will go with the two of us again. On Lesvos we meet up with Mel, who will join us for the biggest part of our vacation and that is great. Apart that Mel is a very nice and bright person, she also knows a lot about Lesvos. She can tell in a great way about the history of Lesvos and she knows all the nice spots to visit.

200 Dyas Lesvos

So today we started to plan what we would like to do and where we would like to go. Marion has Mel on Skype on her laptop, so while having a lot of fun we can discus our upcoming vacation. As guiding line we used the map of Lesvos that we used now for years. Most of the locations we where have been already are marked on that map.

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This year we will be staying close to the town of Petra again, which is very convenient. Mel lives in Stipsi, a town not far away from Petra. Aside from that Petra has a very nice beach and it offers nice places to enjoy the wonderful Greek food.

One of the things we want to visit for certain again is the Isle of the Holy Georgios, also known as Rabbits Island. It is just outside the coast of Petra. Last year we spend there with the group a night together. And that was quite an experience and we want to go back there because of the memories.

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There is another thing I really would like to visit again: The ancient watermills of Petra. Last year we have been there and it is really beautiful. But the day we went there Mel had to work and it turned out that we missed a very nice part of it, the abandoned settlements. So this year a new visit there with Mel.
Also I would love to make a walk through the valley of the ancient watermills, up to the other side of the valley. It must be awesome to stand at the bottom of the valley and see at both side the mountains rise high into the sky.
Good and strong walking shoes will be required, as lots of water to drink.

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There is another place Marion and I would love to go back. It made Mel laugh when we suggested this. We would love to go back to the small beach all way down south of the island (way below the city of Mitilini) and spend there one day.
A very nice small beach where almost no tourists come, but is very popular with the Greek people of that area. Just one day to enjoy the beach, the very clear water and the awesome food from the restaurant there.
We really enjoyed our visit there last year, only it was way too short.

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We own now a number of books about Lesvos. Some are very good and informative, but this book is the most useful of all. Last year we did some of the walks that are described in this book and they are great and brings you along some very awesome places. So this book will be for sure part of our luggage.
Mel ordered this book as well (there is also an English version of it), so she can check on forehand if all the walks are still valid. Last year one of the roads of a walk described in the book was blocked by a fence and there was sadly no way around it.

Also we will be visiting Mel’s mother. She wanted to meet these “weird people from Holland” her daughter told about. We know this is in a way an honour, so we accepted the invitation. We are looking forward to this, because this is all about the real Greek life.
We also will be introduced to some other people of her direct family. Some aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Although I wonder a bit about what “some people” is, I do know that Mel’s family is very large. When I mentioned this to Mel, she grinned knowingly… that should be a warning *SMILE* .

There are also new places that we would like to visit and are placed on our “wanna go” list.
The ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite is something we would like to go. The temple is said to be very beautiful and the area around is great to make some nice walks in a very peaceful area.
Already planned for last year was a visit to the abandoned town of Klapados, where in 1912 the last fight with Turkey soldiers took place and made the liberation of Lesvos a fact.
I would also like to go snorkelling again. Mel knew some interesting places, where we haven’t been yet, to do this. And Marion would like to go to the top of mount Olympus.

This “planning sessions” are fun. It more about exchanging ideas and suggestions then making a real planning. None of us wants a strict planning. We want to be flexible in what we do and just see day by day what we are going to do.
But it is good to know what the possibilities and preferences are. Next month we do such a meeting again :-).

200 Days Rob

 

 

 

(Credit detail map: Google Maps
Credit photo’s: Rob)


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Vacation next year!

by Marissa on

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Mel is awesome! Richard is awesome! :-)

I thought that next year it would be not possible to go on a vacation. This because next year I will get my own apartment and decorating everything will cost quite some money. So I saved my money for that and accepted that there would be no vacation next year.

Some days ago I received a mail from Mel. She heard from Marion and Rob about that there would be no vacation for me next year. So she invited Richard and me to come for a week next year to stay at her home. So I only need to pay for the flight to Lesbos and have some money to spend there.
To make it all perfect, Richard told me that he would pay the flight for us both, so I could spend my money on my new apartment (I love that guy!).
So next year we go back to Lesbos. I am so thrilled about that! :-)

BTW I am often asked why Richard and I don’t move together. That is very simple, I want first to experience and learn how it is to live on my own. And maybe after some years moving together with Richard. Although the LAT-relation that Marion and Rob are having together sounds very tempting to me.
And Richard? He is fine with all. He sees me having my own appartment as something positive, then he has a nice place to stay at times (his apartment is a real “man alone”-apartment :-) )

 

 

(Credit photo: Rob)


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