Apostolis, his wife Christina with their small children Stella and Socrates, moved away from Athens to find a richer quality of life.
Kotrona is lucky to have them.
They have a restaurant and bar at which they serve far more than delicious home-cooked food… they serve the whole community with refreshment, networking and integrity.
For example, it takes something to say ‘no’ to card-playing when this is such a regular expectation amongst the male customers. ‘ we have children and we want to protect them’ says Christina….. I have noticed the heat rising several times between card hands at coffee tables, so it doesn’t surprise me that the air can be thick with expletives and fists banging table tops! ( I haven’t learnt to swear in Greek yet so I have been somewhat immune! ) Locals said nobody would come, but the very fact that the atmosphere is more peaceful is one of its many attractions.
Throughout the year, including the winter months, when so many other places remain closed, Apostolis provides free wi-fi. His is the only place for several miles. Movement around and between villages perched in such impossible places throughout the peninsula even by road is tricky because of the central spine of the mountains, and everyone knows that they can come and use these facilities for free. They take just one afternoon off a week. Greeks lazy? Not this family!!
From the moment I wheeled in here they have embraced me as a friend and given me so much… Precious contacts, a lift, olive oil, …….. but above all else their natural thoughtfulness, warmth and loving kindness. They are gorgeous and one of the essential ingredients to my restful stay here.
A heartfelt thanks. I shall really miss you.