Thursday, 9 January 2014

My Top 5 - January in Greece

Well, even though most people choose to visit Greece in the summer, the winter can be quite pleasant too. At least here where we live, and in my bubbling joy of being here, I decided to come up with a top 5 list (!) of my favorite things! Maybe for inspiration - if you should happen to visit Greece in the winter, dear reader:-) And as for the pale promise: I didn't have to wait too long until a soft breeze of summer headed my way....

1. Alkyonides days is the name of an almost non-interrupted period of summerly days with clear blue sky, sun and warm temperatures, which occurs in January almost every year. It is a meteorological phenomenon of the central Greek climate, but also has a lot of mythology and stories connected to it.

2. Ta fota. The lights. Just as Christmas and New Year's  is over, a new big celebration comes up on the 6th of January, when the Greeks celebrate Ta fota. It is to remember the Christening of Jesus, and in a way it functions like a Christening of the new year. The fun part is when the priest throws a cross into the sea, and men and women throw themselves in the cold water to compete for catching the cross. The lucky one receives blessings, glory and fame, and also some money....
Pic from news.gr
Pic from videotex.gr. The lucky one in Nea Peramos.
3. Coffee outside. The sun is warming, but it is not too hot, only pleasant - to gather at an outdoor cafe and catch up with family and friends. And the cafes are crowded. I don't think anything or anyone can stop the Greeks from enjoying their cold frappe, warm nes or the small Greek coffee at the cafeterias. Ever.
Cafe me gusta - our favorite cafe i Kavala:-) 
4. Basari. If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know that I have been an enthusiastic visitor at the markets in Mumbai. And I am on- in Greece too! And as always: go with the flow- do as the locals! So, wherever you see hoards of Greek women fighting over some clothes: join the party- it is bound to be a good bargain!
Only 2 euros- and one happy sales-lady
Season for mandarins now! Yummy!

5. A walk along the sea. Always a favorite of mine, but the Alkyonides days,the lack of crowds of people, tourists in combination with the magnificent light - makes it a more than just a pleasant experience in January. Peace and quiet. The sound of the waves hitting the shore. Flisvos. Love it


 Bye bye from Greece! I hope you are well and happy, dear reader - wherever you are!

12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post Eli and I who have only visited Greece in summertime definitely would love a visit during winter. Sounds lovely! And I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying yourself and having a lovely time.

    Al the best for 2014 and take care!

    Lotta
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much dear Lotta:-) Yes, it is lovely - we had a great time:-) All the best to you for the new year:-)

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    1. Thank you Paresh:-) Best to you:-)

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  3. You inspire me to visit Greece, Eli - Your favorites are inspiring! I would love to do all that - also watch Ta fota from the sidelines. Your country sounds like a truly amazing place to be!

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    1. Yes, dear Arti- I think you would love it-) Thank you so much for your sweet words:-) Warm hugs your way:-)

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  4. beautiful! we're heading to greece in april...ANY recommendations are welcome! i'll check out your blog to help with our itinerary! it sounds SO cool to live there!

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    1. Thanks:-) That is wonderful:-) April is a great time to visit - and Easter time too - dont miss that - a fantastic celebration in Greece:-) Best:-)

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  5. Would love to visit Greece. I have seen some very beautiful photos there and have only heard good things. Are you heading back to Mumbai now?

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    1. I am sure you would love it in Greece:-) Yup - already back in India:-) Hugs to you, Amelia:-)

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  6. Wow! How beautiful. Greece is on my list. I'm very happy that you had the opportunity to go. I'm looking forward to reading future posts.
    Take care! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Crystal:-) All the best to you!

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