Fall is definitely here now, with its freezing rain and biting cold but I wanted to share these pictures I took a few weeks ago, remember, when it was indian summer?
The weather was good enough for wimming, the ocean had kept its summer warmth.But nature had begun to change into its winter clothes, with the silver morning light, the yellow leaves, the pine needles covering the sidewalks, the mushrooms, nuts and pumpkin for sunday lunch. This lovely paradox between wearing a summer dress and seeing the light decline, day after day, the sun peeking a little lower through the trees.
Everything was like a stolen moment, not knowing if it was the last swim in the sea, the last drink on the deck, the last walk wearing sandals.
But that’s it for now, we must gear up for winter.
Du ultramarine blue, turquoise, ochre, coral, emerald green. And this shiny light.
Back from a wonderful trip in Paxos, south of Corfu. This tiny island, covered with olive trees and cypresses, is lined with coves sheltered from the winds in the East, and with abrupt cliffs with subtle ocher colors in the West.
A week filled with good reads, swimming, modest suba-diving, sunbathing, walks in the forest, drinks on the deck with seaview, and eating at the water’s edge.
On the beaches, we haven’t seen many people, only a few boats quietly mooring in the bay. We felt as though we were alone in the world, with the sky-blue sea just there for us only. At night, the cafes and tavernas were full of life, there was always a new place to try out. Eating fresh fish of the day, local olives, and the traditional tzatziki with chilled white wine.
+ Gaios: Paxos’ main port, nested in a green bay. During the day, the town is quiet, with only Greek grandpas playing backgammon and drinking iced coffee. In the evening, many boats and yachts are coming to the harbour to dock for the night and the town changes pace. Some do their laundry or dine on their deck while other are taking the town by storm, drinking in every bar in the harbour.
+ Erimitis: at the end of a rocky path, slowly, Erimitis bay displays all its splendor: the impressive cliffs, the turquoise water, and the surreal sunset. An unique moment, just for us that night.
+Lakka: a small harbour in the northern part of the island, less busy than Gaios. And a very friendly kitten who fell asleep on a chair right beside us.
+Kipiati : one of the most beautiful beaches. Pebbles, lush vegetation, a nice view, very few people, transparent water. What more could you ask for?
<How to get to Paxos ? From Paris, during the summer, there is a direct line to Corfu via Easyjet. With other airlines, you will need to make a stop at Athens and fly with a Greek company for Athens-Corfu.
In Corfu, take a bus or a taxi from the airport to the port.
Then, take a ferry for Paxos (twice a day), you’ll be there in an hour.
Where to sleep in Paxos ? Rent a villa or an appartment, near a beach if possible, so you can swim when you want.
What to do in Paxos ? Pretty beaches: Kipiati, Kipos and Levrechio. Visit the small town of Loggos, a very charming village, the perfect place to have dinner or a drink. Go to Antipaxos island, south of Paxos, a small paradise, Voutoumi, one of its beaches, can be reached via a shared taxi boat. See the sunset at Erimitis bay, it is definitely worth the hike. Get lost on the island, on the small trails lined with olive trees.
Where to eat in Paxos ? Two favorites: Mediterranea in Gaios and Aste Doue in Loggos. The food is great on the island and there are so many places to try out
Photos : Julien S. and Me5