An Ode to Summer

Summer always brings with it a sense of nostalgia. No matter how old I am, I always associate it with freedom from classrooms and a daily schedule, when life was all about being outside, playing, swimming, and preparing to do the same the next day.

With winter looming around the corner for the northern hemisphere while the southern is gearing up for summer, I thought I ‘d revisit some of the highlights of my time in Greece last August.

Koufonisia is a little dot in the Aegean, that comprises of two islands, Pano and Kato Koufonisi and is part of a small group of islands in the lesser known Smaller Cyclades, just south of Naxos. If you are looking for resort hotels and all sorts of sporting activities then this place is not for you. However, if you want to simply relax, eat good food and swim in incredible water then this place is heaven on earth.  The island is visited mostly by Athenians and Italians with a very small amount of French and English tourists. There are very few cars around owned by locals which adds to the idyllic silence one experiences whilst there, while most people wander around on foot, rent bicycles, or hop onto fisherman’s boats!

Whilst there we stayed at a lovely place called Portes Houses, a collection of Cycladic-style cottages 10 minutes by foot from the main village and 1 minute from the beach. A place that we visited a year ago on our honeymoon trip and fell instantly in love with.

I think I‘ve said enough though so I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...

Pori

Sunrise Timelapse