This is the first of my postcards from the Greek island of Zante where I’m staying with my sister for the week, enjoying some sunshine and warmth.
We cadged a lift this morning into Zante town and wandered from one end of the town to the other past those everyday shops that fuel daily life here – fresh fish, fruit & veg, those old fashioned clothes shops that have everthing from old ladys’ underwear to baby clothes and plenty that sell glitzy sunglasses, gold jewellery and designer labels for the well-heeled Zakynthian.
We decided to have a bit of lunch the seafront which is pleasant but not as idyllic as you’d imagine with a busy road running between the shop fronts and the sea and a constant stream of tooting motor bikes. We chose a slightly scruffy place that looked reasonably authentic with an appetising aroma of grilled meat floating out. Of course most of the authentic Greeks were next door in the uber trendy coffee bar with rattan sofas and club music.
We went for a selection of the Mezze – vine leaves stuffed with rice and mint, creamy tsatziki, some small sardines fried in batter, giant broad beans in a tomato sauce and courgettes oven baked with olive oil and lemon. The other folk eating there were all Brits in shorts & vests having burger and chips – so much for the authentic Greek style but the food was good.
Next for a stroll along the harbour, eyeing up all the boats from the huge floating gin palaces (perhaps there’s a film star in town) to the small yachts from all over the world from Europe to Australia. We continued right to the very end of the jetty where we found a lone fisherman with his rod, hoping to keep the spot to himself. The mid-day sun was tempered by a deceptively refreshing breeze, but I wasn’t worried as I had applied the Factor 50 before setting off.
On the way back we stopped at that authentically Greek trendy coffee bar and lounged around on the rattan sofas, sipping frappes in tall glasses – we tried to blend in with the hip crowd and paid for the privilege. Our coffees were around €4 each – ouch! Next time it’ll be a budget cheese pie from the bakery sitting on a bench overlooking the marina.
Tonight’s the Greek night – more authentic Greek dancing and authentic Greek BBQ at the hotel.
Wish you were here…..
More things to see on Zante