My First Summer on Halkidiki
After the three-hour flight, I get off the plane and with a luggage full of summer clothes, bathing suits, sunglasses and lovely books, I made my way through the crowd and found the man, who was waiting for us. To be honest, I had no high expectations. Yeah, I have heard that Greece is so charming and tranquil, but I didn’t really imagine what could be so superb in a single country. The highway we are travelling on transformed soon in a small road, which was going right next to the sea. Within an hour we were in the room, changing clothes and preparing ourselves for the beach. And the moment I stepped on the boiling hot sand, was the moment I fell in love with Greece.
The view was breathtaking. Those endless beach was simply perfect. The sea was so simply blue, the wind could be felt in the salty air and in my hair. And I looked around I could not see anything else. Lying on a lounge, desiring, enjoying a cold frappe coffee, reading a magazine, a book, writing in my diary, I was not thinking even for a second about anything from back at home. The everydayness does not exist here. In Greece time has a different dimension. It loses its great importance. The mornings get lovelier, the breakfast is delicious, the lunch is just around the corner and any time you are at the beach, with no make-up, no cell phone and no to-do list. The nights are cooler. The lights of the boats and ships and the starry sky makes you wander. The Greek Salad, the magnificent sea food you could not try anywhere else, the bottle of wine and the tasty white bread make every dinner festive. And once you have touched all these, you cannot simply leave. My first summer in Halkidiki led to many more I spent in my lovely house there. Tranquillity and perfection.