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Iannis Maniatis, Jen's First Swim and Galatas -
20th September 2007


  • The Library and Professor Iannis Maniatis.
  • Pictures and A Wedding Column.
  • Jenny's First Swim.
  • Sunset and Lowering The Flag.
  • With Kostas and Patricia in Galatas.

Saga Hotel Swiming Pool
Saga Hotel Swimming Pool

A Mixed Day...

Jenny, poor love, was suffering from dehydration, so she took water and Rennies. She was largely restored by a decent breakfast, but decided to rest for a time. My objective today was to find a historian, so after breakfast I decided to go into Poros and do so, after seeing Frances and Dennis. Their shared septic tank had still to be emptied, but they and another apartment owner in the block were on watch for the rather-overworked driver. Onwards into Poros; I drew a blank at the replacement High School - staff not back yet - and the Primary School (Yorgi's bunch) had builders hard at work on repairs and alterations. Finally I went to the public library on its perch above the steps and had a series of pleasant discoveries.

The Hatzopoulios Library and Iannis Maniatis :

The ground floor of the library - a foyer and a conference room - are surrounded by displays on the geology and marine life of the Poros area, a fascinating example of a well-presented subject. Upstairs there is a landing with the library on one side and the administrator/curator's office on the other. I made myself known to the man at the desk, who turned out to be Iannis Maniatis, a splendid fellow who has the island's history at his fingertips. He gifted me with free copies of the 'Shells of the Sea' pamphlet about his displays and Kyriakopoulos's book 'Poros - Trizina' in English translation. I was rather staggered when he offered me translated copies of three prestigious local journals on the history and archaeology of the Poros area, but sadly could not accept them because of their weight. However, I thanked him for his kindness and said I would come back in the next few days to look at the Journals - a fatal mistake, as he was not there when I managed to drop in during later days. To my grief, I did not even take a picture of him.

Pictures and A Wedding Column...

Back at the Hotel, we decided to have an easy day of it; the exhaustion of yesterday's remarkable trip to Epidavros and Mykenae was still in both of us. Jen decided on a sunbed beside the pool, I did some blog note writing and started to read the 'Poros - Trizina', aware of the need to mug up on local history. The day was not to be without its incidents, most of them the more conventional ones of a summer holiday in Greece. We had a fruit, honey and Yogurt and water lunch, after which Jen sunned a bit more and I walked about the Hotel and its grounds looking for some spots to take good pictures. I did get a lovely one of Jen in her swimsuit, reading a Ruth Rendell paperback, as well as others of the pool area, one that was particularly satisfactory for Takis. The most intriguing was a picture of the swathed column they had left on the roof terrace as a memento of the wedding (see Saga Hotel - Marriage of Nick and Marianne) looking remarkably like a stick of seaside rock. Such was my first experience as a wedding columnist.

Jenny By the Pool
Jenny By the Pool
A Closer View
A Closer View
The Swathed Wedding Column
The Swathed Wedding Column

Jenny's First Swim...

Jenny has dips in the sea and rather likes the sun, but she is unable to swim. This concerned our new friend, the deep hearted and much-liked Marianne, who took it on herself to get Jenny into the pool and to give her some confidence in the water. I had brought my own swimming trunks, so went and put them on, although not without some trepidation; I had not been into a pool for nearly ten years, since a drystane dyking injury had damaged a muscle in my back. However, the pool was sun-warmed and I got in and out without a twinge, doggy-paddling my way along three-quarters of the pool as an example to Jenny. Bless her, Marianne managed to get Jenny to float by the side of the pool and to kick her feet, then to swim a little. First efforts, but Jen wants to build on them in the future.

Sunset and Lowering The Flag...

Two pictures had long eluded me on this holiday - a good sunset and a picture of the lowering of the Greek flag on the Academy tower As the latter only has the warning of a bugle-call, I was lucky to have the camera to hand. The sunset I took on our way down through the town to the ferry.

Lowering The Flag Over TE Poros
Lowering The Flag Over TE Poros
Sunset over Poros Harbour and Trizina
Sunset over Poros Harbour and Trizina
Myself and Jenny in Galatas
Myself and Jenny in Galatas

With Kostas and Patricia in Galatas...

The evening was a visit across in Galatas to one of the more traditional Tavernas, this time meeting two of Frances and Dennis's friends, Kostas and Patricia; Kostas used to live in Britain but returned to Greece and has built a house above Galatas. They took us to a restaurant in the eastern edge of Galatas, run by a local woman who cooks mainly for the locals. She recited a menu (no written one) and after a few false starts I got the hang of it and ordered a pan-fried fish. Like most of the fishfood in this area, it was well-cooked and tasted delicious. Best of all, our share, with starter and chilled melon sweet, cost Jenny and myself no more than 17 Euros.

Sadly, I did not note much of our conversation, although it was wide-ranging and both Jenny and myself greatly enjoyed the good company of our friends. We all decided that we would have to meet again. For Jenny and myself, the photos I took provided both questions and answers. Dennis used my camera to take a rather good picture of Jenny and myself, whilst I took a picture of my (alas, eaten) fish, with rather better pictures of Kostas and Pat and Frances and Dennis. All told, a very good night, finished off with a brief visit to the Cinema Cafe when back in Poros.

Nothing but the Bones...
Nothing but the Bones...
Kostas and Patricia
Kostas and Patricia
Frances and Dennis at the Taverna
Frances and Dennis at the Taverna

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