Monday, 19 September 2016

A Sleepy Island, a Boat and a Cavorting Couple!


Lots of pictures and not many words in this post today as we've been away again - this time to the Greek island of Ithaca (or Ithaka). It was an island we hadn't been to before and, as usual, we were smitten.

The island is small and you reach it by ferry from Kefalonia. With only one crossing each afternoon, and a flight that had been delayed by half an hour, our drive to the other side of the island to catch the ferry was an interesting experience! Luckily we just manage to get there in time.

This year, instead of using a travel firm, we decided to go it alone and try airbnb. We certainly weren't disappointed as for the same price as a package, we ended up with a three bedroom house with plunge pool and a view to die for! This was the view from our extremely large veranda.


Ithaca is an island you only go to if you want total rest and relaxation. It's a beautiful but sleepy place with only a handful of towns: Vathy, the capital, the little beach resort of Frikes and the exquisite harbour town of Kioni where we stayed - a popular place with the boating set. Late each day the flotillas would moor up in the harbour and it was immensely entertaining, at the end of an evening, to watch the well dressed couples take off their smart shoes and clamber aboard their (rather precarious looking) rubber dinghies to get back to their yachts. 

The beaches were pretty pebbled coves (only two on the island had sunbeds and sunshades) and the water was crystal clear. Being September, the season was beginning to wind down and we had most beaches almost to ourselves... except for this one! I've never shared a beach with a goat before.




As you can see, we hired a little boat and came across this beautiful Robinson Crusoe beach. It was so romantic with just a shipwrecked old boat on it. A young couple who swam out from their yacht a few hours later obviously thought so too. When they started stripping off their clothes, we though it was time to make our presence clear before things got awkward!




While we were away, I took the opportunity of doing some reading. I deliberately turned my back on the psychological thrillers I've been reading recently as they've all become a bit samey. Instead, I took a trip down memory lane and read a Rosamund Pilcher. It was an enjoyable beach read with beautiful Cornish scenery but rather dated. The other book I read was Elizabeth is Missing. This has gone into my top 10 best reads - what a great book.

I'm home now and ready for an Autumn of writing but I have to say that in my mind, I'm already planning next year's Greek holiday!


12 comments:

  1. sounds idyllic - I have greek envy

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  2. Sounds and looks amazing, Wendy. I love to holiday In Greece and am already having withdrawal symptoms for Crete, having been back only a week. I shall look up 'Elizabeth is Missing' after your recommendation. 🙂

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  3. It looks and sounds like the perfect trip, Wendy. I've heard so many great things about airbnb that I'm tempted to give it a whirl! : )

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    1. The great thing is, they are so flexible. We chose the day we wanted to go and the number of nights. As long as you can get reasonable flights, it can be a cost saver.

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  4. Looks an idyllic island, Wendy. Can't wait to see more photos when we meet. Also loved Elizabeth is Missing.

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    1. I thought it might be sad, Tracy, but actually it wasn't.

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  5. Fabulous photos, Wendy, and it looks so peaceful. I've visited Kefalonia for a day but never to Ithaka. I used to love Rosamund Pilcher books and I do want to read Elizabeth is Missing.

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    1. After we got the ferry back from Ithaka to Kefalonia, we went back to the sleepy town of Lourdas where we stayed nine years go. We were scared it might have changed but it was just as lovely.

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  6. I feel relaxed just from reading this, Wendy.

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