Thursday, January 11

Kefalonia Post Cards

Way back when the sun was shining proudly and the days seemed to last an eternity, Ben and I were in Kefalonia, Greece. Amongst other tourist and holidaymakers, we set up camp in a beautiful self-catering hotel called 'Crystal Palace'. We stayed there for 2 whole weeks and throughout this time we grew to know the place very well. Kefalonia is such a beautiful place, and to be honest, anywhere you venture to amongst the many Greek islands; you never seem to be disappointed. There is something for everyone, whether you're seeking peace and quiet, sight-seeing, or a party town; Greece always delivers. 

Thus, we were seeking peace and quiet, after a busy year of being an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) and Ben had has a great year with his newly established business. The swimsuits, books, sun lotion, euros and cameras were packed (as well as the passports of course!). July 25th to August 8th. 

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Over the course of our holiday we sunbathed, soaking up the warm air and the sea breeze. We laid by the pool engrossed in our novels. We ate lots of crisps and drank lots of Mythos. We paddle boarded and explored the coastline of Skala. We also went on many excursions. Something which I would definitely recommend, whether you have hired a car or not, do go on these excursions as you don't need to worry about the geography of where you're going. You just sit back, and relax whilst taking in the hairpin bends and picturesque views on an air-conditioned coach. I absolutely love excursions as you learn so much about the particular place that you are visiting and really get a thorough understanding of the history of the place. 

Mine and Ben's favourite excursion was the day visit to Ithaca. This is a small island situated off to the east of Kefalonia. The views are absolutely, drop dead gorgeous(quite literally drop dead if you stand too close to the edge). We ate tons of fresh fish meals and learnt about the myth of Odysseus who apparently lived on the island of Ithaca. 

I can understand why Ithaca stole Odysseus' heart... 

Below is a poem by C. P. Cavafy about Ithaca:

As you set out for Ithaca,
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery. 
Laistrygonians and Cyclops, 
angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbours seen for the first time; 
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can:
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.

Ithaca gave you the marvellous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithaca mean.

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