Tuesday, September 18, 2012
For far too long I have been chained to a hedonistic merry-go-round. The cause of this not unpleasant state of affairs has been the summer. Always long and hot here in Greece, summer this year has seemed to me to have been as consistently exceptionally hot for as long a period as I can remember through the fifteen summers I have been resident here. Short periods of ‘heat wave’ with temperatures rising for day or two above blood heat are normal but this year temperatures have remained in the high thirties and low forties for weeks, from the end of June through to the beginning of September. My visitors, my family, revel in the endless sunshine and round of beaches, cafés, bars, tavernas and nights that go on well into the following mornings. So to an extent do I, but there comes a time when enough of a good thing is enough; when the mind of a man craves something greater than a permanent state of addlement and his corpus a rest. To ease a return to a more interesting, fuller, life I have taken a holiday.
I am spending this week recovering in quiet solitude near Neàpolis on the far south eastern tip of mainland Greece. I had planned to return home after six nights but am so seduced by the ambience of the area - many believe that hereabouts is Homer’s land of the Lotos-eaters - that, instead of driving home, I have booked a one-way ferry passage to Cythera, Aphrodite’s island!