Having spent several days in the marina thanks to a dodgy weather forecast from the Greek Met Office we are well advanced for our lift-out on Saturday. We have been spreading out the jobs so as to fill the days but we have now run out of things to do except the final pack.
|Lefkas town quay - home to a small fishing fleet|
We went into Lefkas this morning and for all its shortcomings it does have a bit of life in it, a buzz, albeit a pretty relaxed buzz – it’s the Greek way.
|Old boys debating everything from politics to local scandals|
The ‘High Street’ is lined with cafes and most are filled with men putting the world to rights. It’s a very Greek thing – old boys drinking coffee, playing with their worry beads and discussing everything from politics to the latest local scandal. In Britain they’d be in the pub downing pints and moaning about their soccer team. I think I prefer the Greek option.
|It is still common to see women wearing the traditional ‘widow’s weeds’.|
Strangely enough you never see the older Greek women in the cafes nattering away. Many wear the traditional ‘widows’ weeds’ and what a sad sight they are; frail old ladies tottering along many look hardly able to walk.
|Quake-proof clock tower|
The Ionian is prone to earthquakes – the big one was in 1953 but last year large parts of Kefalonia were hit in a quake which made thousands homeless. Still many of the roads are unrepaired and impassable. As a result of the risk earthquake-proof construction is the order of the day. This is one of Lefkas’s clock towers – which is supposed to be able to withstand a quake.