One of the things I love most about being self-employed is having total control over my own diary.
My brother Alex arrived from Australia for a few weeks, having just been made redundant from his high flying corporate job after 18 years at the same company. He’s enjoying job and consultancy offers already, but after months of waiting for the axe to fall, he needed a change of scene.
On discovering it was my birthday, he found out my favourite thing to do is go to Takis’ Fish Taverna in Limeni Village, on the way to Areapolis. He booked a night in the hotel there for the three of us so we could enjoy a leisurely drive down, lunch at Takis’, a night in Areopolis and, hopefully, dinner at the restaurant Rick Stein ate in, in the Venice to Istanbul tv series (episode 5.
However, just on the very day we were supposed to go, the “medicane” hit the Mani Peninsula. This is a Mediterranean hurricane and we had to move the booking to the following week.
Just one of the amazing things we saw that trip was a live turtle, swimming around in the sea off Taki’s, enjoying some of the squid trimmings as the fisherman cleaned that day’s catch.
And here are some of the pictures from that day. Such a beautiful place to spend most of my time.