Dear Diary Greece

Dear Diary | Neoi Poroi, Pieria, Greece | Tuesday, 29 July 2015

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 Seems that I left Cyprus and brought the burning sun and an intolerable heat along. Since I stepped foot in Salonica, the temperature soars above 40 degrees and humidity makes it even more unbearable. This is it! I am on my way to a beach, to relax and chill! After all, being in Salonica offers me so many options. I could visit Chalkidiki’s first two peninsulas, or Katerini with its wonderful beaches. Since I spent a lot of my student life near and around the former, I decided to take the train to Katerini. Besides, I am more of a train than a bus person. The final decision on my final destination was taken at the tickets office of the new train station.  So I am asking the guy selling tickets, “Which beach do you suggest visiting in Katerini?”  After offering a couple of options, he concluded that the best we could do is visit Neoi Poroi. From there we could get to any beach we wanted. “Neoi Poroi it is, then!” And do the trip began!

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I am sitting in the train, looking out of the window. It is amazingly hot. “What the heck, has the driver decided to go green on the air conditioning today of all days?” There’s the ticket collector.  He informs me that the trip would take about an hour and ten minutes. So, I placed myself on my seat as comfortably as possible and put on my headphones.  The train was only half-full.

We are here! We finally decide to stay at Neoi Poroi because such temperatures are prohibitive of walking about. We hence run for the closest beach, and reach the Venus all day Beach Bar, which is just ten minutes away from the train station (the sun above our heads did make it seem more like half an hour though).

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Oh yes! This is it! Freddo, the sea, and loud lounge music. Now you are talking! The beach is splendid! Fine sand, refreshing waters. Later, I learned that this particular beach is 5 kilometres long and has been receiving the EU’s Blue Flag for years now. Simply said, this means guaranteed quality and cleanliness. Everything we came across, really! Crystal clear waters and people of all ages bathing, from families with kids to groups of the elderly, they are all here to literally get some respite from the heat!

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To my left, there’s the Platamonas castle, the best-preserved castle of north and central Greece. Behind that, the mount Olympus, the country’s tallest mountain, also known as the habitat of the 12 gods. Mount tops and sea in the same picture!

photo via bp.blogspot.com

The time is 5pm. We swam, had fish, at the hotel’s restaurant just by the bar, and we are already waiting for the train at the station. We will be back in Salonica in an hour or so. The day is still young though!

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I couldn’t leave out the sweet little boy sitting across in the train. He plays with his wristband and asks his dad all sorts of questions. “Where are we? Why is there a café in this stop?  What time are we getting back?  What does it say on my wristband?”.“It says, I Love Greece!”, his dad responds to his last question. “Really? So it says exactly what I am saying! That I love Greece!” I smiled and asked whether I could take a picture of his wristband. How on earth could you not love this beautiful country!

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We are here already. Time to rest! Tonight I’m putting together the short video with my day’s experiences, for my collection.  For now, off to my 20-minute nap! xoxo

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