I can still remember that one hot summer day in September 2013. We were onboard Nidri Star Cruise which The Greek Mister and myself thought would be a good idea to explore Lefkada and beyond but then it turned out to be one of the tourist traps that you can get in this place. Although we have just started the cruise and were on our way to our second stop, we couldn’t hide our disappointment that we only had a few minutes to stay in Porto Katsiki which was our first destination in this cruise. Thankfully, we spent half a day there the previous day so we didn’t really feel like we missed something however we were very concerned for the coming stops – having realized that it will be the same amount of time or maybe even shorter.
As we heard the captain’s announcement of our approach to Egremni beach, we hurriedly went to the front of the small ship in the hopes of being able to get down from it first and maximize our time while there. Little by little, I can see the shore of Egremni beach. From afar it already looks so magnificent but as we went nearer it still took my breathe away. The contrast of colors was intoxicating!
The waters of Egremni beach was of three shades of blue – the hue becomes lighter as it gets nearer to the shore. I haven’t seen such colors of the sea before and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. The cliff surrounding Egremni which makes access to this beach only by foot or by boat gives a spectacular and rugged backdrop of an otherwise pristine and heavenly landscape. Up to this day, I consider Egremni beach as the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case anymore.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the island of Lefkada last 17th of November which triggered a landslide in this part of the island. Large boulders of rocks detached from the mountain and now covers most of the shore – where sunbathers laid down when I visited it 2 years ago. I felt so horrible when I saw this video as I knew how much beauty it possessed which is now gone.
I am for sure thankful that I was able to see such magnificence before, even if it was only for a mere 50 minutes but I’m feeling sad that the world lost a precious place. I guess that’s how Mother Nature works really – she creates such a beautiful masterpiece which she can take anytime she wants as well. I feel like I have to hurry and explore all the beautiful places the world has to offer even more now before it gets taken away from us.
My heart goes to the family of the two people who died in this earthquake. 🙁
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