Friday, 26 July 2013

Greece for sale?

Astakos, Mithikas, Trichonida, Mesolongi, Nafpaktos, Trimonas, Amfilochia...
Yes, we are still on the road, dear reader, and have explored unknown ( to us- that is) parts of Greece. The sun is shining, the ocean is blue and the sky is clear. Still, parts of this trip has made me sad. Empty tavernas, abandoned houses, closed shops, hotels for sale... Many of the people we have met, are struggling to make it... It is economic crisis in Greece.

- All of Greece is for sale, sighed Philippos who had lost his business in Athens, and had now returned to Lefkas to work at the family restaurant..

And then we passed the village of Astakos where Aristotle Onassis bought his seafood, before he went over to his island Scorpios. Beautiful Scorpios, now bought (or leased for 99 years) by a Russian millionaire, they told us. Well, we support the best we can - buying Greek products, eat at local family tavernas and stay at small Greek - owned hotels. I still enjoy our moments at the sea though- how can I not -in this breathtaking beautiful country..
Enjoy your moments dear reader:)

Empty taverna in Nafpaktos:

Beautiful Amfilochia

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