Thursday 13 July 2017

Swimming again

We've been back in Greece for over a week now. It took us a few days to get settled, get the apartment in order, see the family, and now we've started going swimming again. This is the entrance to our local beach, which is a 5 minute walk from our apartment.

There's a whole lot of steps to get down to the beach - I haven't counted them, but believe me, there's a lot of them and it's an effort going up when we return. We always stop to get a good view of the sea before we start on our descent.

It all looks very green and lush

Half-way down the steps there's this passageway with this gorgeous bougainvillea which flowers throughout the summer

Between the entrance and the beach itself is this expanse of grass, bushes and trees - no-one uses this area during the week, but on Saturdays and Sundays when the beach gets unbearably busy people will sit here.

We finally reach the sea

it's been very busy this year, we're not sure why, it could be that because of the economic crisis people cannot afford to go away so they come to the beach instead. In the distance you can see the free beach which is even more crowded. We prefer to come here, especially since we don't have to pay to get in: people who live in the area have free access - we get our special cards from the Town Council and it lasts us for three years.

I almost always manage to position myself in such a way so that all I can see is the sea and I can (almost) pretend I am on a deserted beach on one of the islands

In the distance you can see the net which keeps boats out

boats like this one

the lifeguard's boat is the only one in this stretch of water.

We come here four or five times a week. We stay for about three hours

 then through the bougainvillea tunnel again, up the steps, and back home for some lunch.

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