Wow - time is flying past so quickly now. We’ve only got two nights left here at the Atlas & then we up sticks and move down to the Panorama in Koukounaries on Tuesday morning.
Friday was not a good day for me - stomach upset, so we stayed close to base all day. I was feeling better by evening, having had nothing but water all day, so we decided to eat at Parexenos (which is only round the corner from here). A lovely welcome from smiley Elton and a table in our favourite spot. Big surprise: Paul didn’t have lamb chops! He chose chicken in mushroom sauce with fried potatoes instead of rice and I chose Mexican chicken with rice (& the ubiquitous red cabbage!) Paul loved his choice, as did I. The sauce in my dish was spicy, but not fiery and was probably better for my delicate tum than a cream sauce. I also love the portion sizes at Paraxenos - they never over-face us. We had water & Pau had a glass of red and the bill was just under €30.
A quick nightcap and home for a decent sleep ..... no tummy problems, so happy 😀
Thank you for all the updates - whetting my appetite for a holiday! Not booked anything yet. I guess you’ve moved now to Panorama, I have always liked the look of that hotel but it books out quickly, they do lovely yoghurt & fruit 😄
We’re now safely installed in the Panorama - felt like a homecoming, yesterday. The family here are such lovely people and we’ve been given the lovely, big room we had last June so feel very comfortable. (Room 42, for anyone who has stayed here or wants to). The hotel does get booked up quickly, as bvrc says. It is a popular one with many returners.
Anyway, I skipped a few days in town, so will just backtrack a little. You see, Dennis, I was listening to you!! Saturday was the Champions League final and we decided to take the bus down to Koukounaries to watch it at the Agustera. We got there at about seven, planning to eat first and get a seat in a prime spot. We had a lovely surprise as we walked in - the daughter of our very good friends from home was there with her family & their friends, so we had a drink and catch-up for a while. Our friends can’t visit this year as they are in the middle of a house move so we FaceTimed them & made them very jealous! Naughty of us 😈
We had a burger & fries (lovely, skin-on crispy, fat ones) and penne Bolognese watching the first half of the match - very reasonable, but can’t remember how much as we also had a few drinks! Then the bus to town at half time and caught the rest of the game tucked up in bed .... perfect! Paul didn’t mind who won, but I wanted it to be Liverpool as Juergen Klopp is such a smiley chap 😆😆😆
Paul didn’t have a great night, so our plans for a beach day together were scuppered. We walked to the old port together and had a coffee after breakfast (@ Foodie Cafe again 💖) then I caught the water taxi to Kanapitsa and Paul had a rest day. I feel guilty to just leave him to it, but have learned it’s for the best.
Kanapitsa was lovely - as usual. I was expecting it to be busier, as I didn’t arrive till 12.30, but lots of beds. €4 for one bed and a brolly. I had a lovely sunbathe, bit of a read and then went into the tavern for lunch at about 2pm. I had a Kanapitsa salad, rose and water for €16. The first two salads I picked were unavailable, which surprised me, as it wasn’t very busy. I liked the one I ended up with, though- strips of chicken, sweet corn, rocket, iceberg lettuce, crumbly cheese with a fruity sauce.
When I got back, Paul was still feeling off-colour, so I got him a take-away panini and I went out for a naughty-but-nice crepe. An early night followed. Actually, being here longer does take the pressure off - it doesn’t matter at all if we have a quiet few days.
Last day in town! Walked over to Cafe del Mar for a chill, then I walked round Plakes, taking photos, and found a few places I had missed previously. I also visited the Cemetery... so calm and lovely! Might sound weird, but part of my working life was running our town cemetery, so I really appreciate good ones (especially with a view like this one!). I sat on the bench outside the gates, struggling to put on a delicate bracelet I had bought earlier -very difficult one-handed! The man who looks after the Cemetery came over to me and asked if he could help me, which he did! How lovely ... and surprising.
Later, we decided to eat close to the hotel (had wanted Richie & Poveri, but rain was threatening). We chose another brand new courtyard restaurant next to Mouria - Art-something- will look it up. The staff were excellent, setting lovely and food delicious. It was one of our more expensive meals so far as we shared a starter and had a side of fries. The waiter didn’t know how large the portions were, so we over-ordered. With two glasses of wine, we had a filo & cheese starter, lamb shank and pork fillet and the bill was €46.
The manager said he is a personal friend of the new Mayor and promised to phone him with Paul’s concerns about the traffic on Papadiamanti St. Because Paul isn’t as agile as he was (& his hearing is worse), the vans, cars and motorbikes really bothered him this year. I’ll still email the Mayor, though!
Right, this is long enough - I’ll update again soon 😁
Kate, was it Artesanal? If so, same people as Marmita & I think the Bourtzi. Glad to hear you’re “back home” in Kouk. I’m still working on another visit...... actually last night I think I heard “let’s book it” or could it have been “let’s cook tea” 😂 Would really love to get back for my birthday, as we usually do, in July.........
I must tell you about our transfer to Koukounaries from town. We said our farewells to the lovely Alkis and Stella at the Atlas and trudged down to the New Port with our increasingly heavy luggage. Got a taxi, no problem, and were slightly alarmed when the driver set off (at usual breakneck speed) crossing himself five times! This obviously worked and we arrived safely in record warp-speed time 😂
Since Tuesday, each day, we’ve been chilling by the lovely pool at the Panorama as the temperatures have started to climb .... currently about 30C 😎. I’ll do a separate write up of meals - have been taking notes!
Paul’s not been up to walking far, so no beaches yet, but I’m going to hire a car later on so it’s easier for him. To be continued ......
Glad the weather is kinder to you Kate. In my neck of the woods, we have been experiencing another wet weekend! Have been out planting up my baskets and tubs but have been driven indoors with another downpour! Grrhhhhh! Even the cat, who took shelter under the bridle wreath, shot in the house a few minutes ago and is currently sat watching the rain from the back door. Think it is in for a while so will have to see if I can do more planting tomorrow.