When I arrived in 2015 here in Greece, I barely knew any of these wonderful places and locations that this country has to offer. During the first months I was concentrated to organize my apartment and household goods and also my normal daily life routine, such as where to go for shopping, where to find grocery products, etc.
Due to the first few busy months, I was very glad to be able to join my colleagues for a short trip on a weekend to Monemvasia – which is a small island on the east coast of the Peloponnese.
Summer was almost over, but we were blessed with perfect temperatures and a divine breeze.
We took the car from Athens to Monemvasia and headed straight after our arrival to the small island to have a walk and some Kafethaki.
Few tourists were seen around and and fewer people in the water.
After almost 10 years of living around the Mediterranean Sea, I still don’t get bored to sit at the shore and watch the sea. It’s such a calming place to live.
After a while we headed into the small village of Monemvasia for a so called Kafethaki – or how I would order it: “ενα εσπρεσσο διπλο, παρακαλω !“
The island was seperated from the mainland by an earthquake, that took place around 375 AD. Until now the plateau looks like it is still in a good shape and hosts a small town with around 1500 inhabitants.
It’s a very sweet and charming town, with little alleys and backyards, where you can get lost, chase some photolocations and relax in one of it’s small cafés.
The typical view from up above.
I love one thing in particular in architecture and that is terracotta design and it’s colouring.
One café was closed – I guess because season was almost over – but I loved it’s atmosphere. I couldn’t get a proper wide-angle photograph, because I only own a 35mm lens and couldn’t capture the whole place with one shot.
And there was also a guardian, that took care of the café.
I enjoyed my time here very much, since I love to walk around these alleys.
I stopped at one of Monemvasia’s endless balustrades and I found one person that waited for the perfect moment to get into the water.
And later I asked myself: “Did he disappear? Was he swallowed by the sea?“
I doubted that and I continued my walk across town.
People actually live here and it seems to be a picture perfect place for a long weekend faraway the hectic and pulsating life of Athens – or any other major city.
On top of the plateau you can visit an ancient castle from the medieval period.
We decided not to walk to the top. We headed back to our little hotel, took a nap and went back to the port for a long dinner.
It was almost 10 o’clock and there was still sunlight illuminating the island.
After a long and deep sleep, we got ourselfs some coffee and started to plan our route from Monemvasia to Elafonisos.
The boys drove with their jeep, I took care of Alex and my cabriolet.
A goat herd forced us to stop, but this little beauty in particular compensated us with her pose for the wait.
We reached the – indeed very small port – around 10 am.
The typical still life I had to take.
Driving across the countryside was very calming and fantastic at the same time. I didn’t take any more photographs, since we had to reach our ferry to Elafonisos.
No, that was not our ferry, that was just some random fisher boat.
And the photographer.
And Alex and Christian.
The transit with the ferry took us roughly 20 minutes and we enjoyed the stunning view from the deck of the ship. That little church “Agios Spyridonas” is one of the islands main attraction.
After we arrived on the shore, we took our cars and headed towards the famous Fragos beach. In between I stopped several times to take photographs of these picture perfect locations.
A small ship graveyard.
And after a while we finally arrived at the beach.
We walked across the shore and headed towards a small hill, from where we could oversee this beautiful and empty beach.
I was always searching for such a calm and beautiful location. Not only to take photographs, but also just to relax and swim a little.
Alex joined me and we walked across stony part of the island. The sun burnt merciless and I became quite impatient to jump into the water for a cooling-down.
Side fact – I didn’t do any major post production on these images to enhance the colors or brightness. They were really that vidid under the bright sunlight.
The north side of the island.
Definitely worth another visit in 2016.
And traces of former visitors.
And finally, I stopped taking photographs and started to enjoy the fresh water.
A perfect place to stay, I guess.