On our first full day in Pelion as we were having our mandatory Greek iced coffee for breakfast in a cafe along Agios Ioannis beach, we overheard this conversation between two women who passed by each other at the street in front of us:
Woman 1: Hi, good morning! How are you? Everything ok?
Woman 2: Ahhhh.. I’m ok. I’m trying very hard not kill my husband or my son or maybe both of them.
Upon hearing this, The Greek Mister almost snorted his coffee and tried very hard not to laugh. Unfortunately, I had to wait until the ladies walk past us before I could understand what happened. At around the same time, the group of men sitting near us were talking politics (it was the height of the Greek crisis when we were there) and at some point, one of the men asked:
Man 1: Is this my water?
Man 2: No, that’s mine but you can drink from it. Don’t worry, I haven’t been with a woman for years.
Again, The Greek Mister had to control his laughter. It’s during these times when I wish I speak fluent Greek but unfortunately, I think it will take me a longer time to be an expert in that very complicated language. I’ll have to rely for now on The Greek Mister’s
lack of expertise to translate everything for me.
After our breakfast, our plan was to spend a day in the neighboring Plaka beach. To get there, we had to climb up huge boulders of rocks. I have seen small kids skip from one rock to another on our way there and I can’t help myself but to think that they’re probably suicidal. Those rocks were huge!! Well at least for someone like me who 1. is a scaredy cat and 2. have a slight fear of heights*. So no, there’s no skipping for me and I had to tread those rocks carefully while I can hear my heart beating so strong that I thought it would explode from my chest.
In Greece, the harder it is to get to a beach – the more beautiful it’s going to be. Such is the case for Plaka beach. It was all worth the hike as it’s absolutely stunning.
We saw a path leading to the other side of the beach, it was easier to navigate as there were wood planks so you won’t have to go through the pains of climbing rocks again. I insisted that we go and see the other side so off we went ahead.
As it turned out, the path leads to a more organized beach side of Plaka complete with sunbeds and a bar atop a cliff. I loved it! We hired sunbeds and went straight to the sea. The walk made us sweaty so diving into the cold waters of the beach was a welcome treat for me to refresh myself.
We lounged by the beach and ordered some drinks from the poor waiter who had to go up and down the cliff several times to give their lazy diners their drinks at the beach. At some point though, we went to have our drinks up there – something I was really looking forward to as I know the view from up there would be amazing! I was not mistaken.
The cafe/bar serves snacks and drinks, there were quite a lot of people having their lunch at the time that we went up there. A clean toilet is also available. It was actually a bit cold up there so after the second round of drinks, we decided to go back down to the beach to get warm.
We stayed at the beach a couple of hours more before heading back to Agios Ioannis through the same path that we took coming here – the huge rocks. Lol. Plaka beach was definitely a good choice to start this Greek holiday for me. 🙂
* Seriously though, the rocks that you’re going to climb up on to cross Agios Ioannis beach to Plaka beach aren’t that scary. There’s just something very wrong with me – I get scared easily.
This post is part of Monday Escapes Link-up.