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Just a try to avoid unpleasant posting….

The days grew shorter but temperatures haven’t dropped yet. Last night we sat on the balcony of my cousin until late at night,  drinking beer, eating cheese, chatting about God and the world, waiting for a breathe of wind. As I walked home at 2.30 a.m., I was surprised to see so many people awake. A family was watching television,  two guys were playing tavla on the balcony, a love-sick teenager was trying to persuade his girl-friend that he has not been ‘playing’ around. I returned home finding a flat ‘boiling’ in summer heat.  Today, a warm south-east wind was blowing and I was surprised to see the thermometer showing 38 degrees C.

The open markets was empty – just one/fourth of the sellers, almost no customers around.

Athens and its suburbs can be odd amd look incredible empty in the peak of the summer holidays season. Hardly a car around, but a very loud garbage vehicle in the middle of the night. Just a few kids on the square playground, some old people on the benches. Even dogs seem to have been off for holidays together with their owners.

I have been watching  two old ladies making rounds around the square every afternoon. Since three years – whether by heat or cold. They walk on a quick step – every day at seven o’ clock. Day in , day out.  They wear dresses and normal sandals. And they walk. They are normally two of them, sometimes a third one joins the seniors’ walking. The one of them, who is 75, told me once her doctor advised her this daily exercise. She follows this ‘medicine’ with religious devoit. She has told me also that she feels great and that she was surprised to have gotten so firm legs – after all these years.

Why am I writing all these? Because I’d hate to have to write about the upcoming German-French hegemony on the euro zone under the leadership of  this Herman van Rombuy. This is a real OMG-story….

PS I ‘m longing for a simple souvlaki, but all the grills are closed. Off for vacation…

Sunset by Kavouri, Athens

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6 comments

  1. What about getting some friends together. Well those that are still around. Small grill, some charcoal. And make your own souflaki. Wine and karpouzi and enjoy the night… We can worry about everything during the day.

  2. I live in Italy, god help us all in southern Europe when summer ends and the EU (Northern Europe-headed) continental economic dictatorship begins! Let’s enjoy the rest of the sleepy summer days before we have to face it…

    P.S. Very evocative descriptions of Greece, I have never been there and can’t wait to visit and sample the food, beaches and history (and maybe even the austerity protests too 🙂

  3. Is that photo near Garby restaurant in Kavouri? Kavouri is my favorite place in Greece. Although, last week, I was chastised by a few old greek ladies there who complained that foreigners bring litter to their beautiful beach in Kavouri, and told me to make sure I threw my trash away when I left the beach. I said “are you sure it’s not greeks?” since most foreigners love Greece when they visit and certainly would not add to your already litter problem. Well, she didn’t answer, but it gave me insight into how some Greeks think, that the problem is always “OTHERS” without considering self-reflection.

    But, back to Kavouri. Years ago, in the late 1980s, I visited my cousin who was posted at the American Air Force base in Hellenikon, and he took me to this wonderful American hotel in Kavouri, luxurious Apollon palace. American military guards everywhere outside but inside it was just the best Hotel I’ve ever seen in Greece. Slot machines, American music, drinks, and the occasional Greek beauty everwhere….

    Now, imagine my suprise the other day when I see it’s still there but with a different name now.

    I hope to go back there someday and have a drink if I can afford it.

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    Glad this pictures brought back some memories to you. However I don’t know Garby restaurant. It was taken some 1km after the interjunction from Posidonos Avanue.

  5. Garbi’s restaurant is located at Iliou 21 & Selinis, Kavouri.. http://www.garbi-restaurant.gr/en/

  6. keeptalkinggreece

    hm… I have to check on the mpa whether I was near there…