One of the most fascinating natural phenomenon of Kefalonia is the flow of water underneath the island from one side to the other. Two kilometers from Argostoli at Katavothres , the sea water flows down several sink holes and disappears, appearing again at Karavomolis (near Sami) first in the famous Melissani Cave Lake and then flowing on through the lake pictured below and finally into the sea again. At both ends of the water’s ‘journey’ and possibly from ancient times, the Kefalonians made use of the force of the water and constructed sea-mills. Today, we can only see replicas Read more »
With the prospect of a good olive harvest, we bought a mechanical olive picker and new much larger sheets to catch the olives. We also bought natural fibre sacks – in the hope that the picked olives lasted better once off the trees. Picking time was certainly shortened but the yield was not as good as we had hoped. Still …. 55 litres of oil will last us two years, so we are not complaining. Green, grassy, spicy … and delicious!
This is a photo of the food you are served at Robilis Taverna in Poulata near Sami, Kefalonia ……………… but it doesn’t do it justice. Not one bit! One cannot convey just how delicious and tender this ‘meat on the grill’ is with a mere photo. The sound effects are the thing: you hear a surprised ‘mmmmmmmmmm’ noise when the first plate arrives and then a muffled but actually louder ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmmm’ as the first mouthful goes in!! Then it is pretty well silence for those next few mouthfuls when you are telling yourself that nothing could be more juicy, full of flavour and Read more »
It doesn’t really matter where you go at this time of the year in Kefalonia ….. fields, roadsides, up in the National Park of Mount Aenos, up the sides of steep gorges, deserted tracks, olive groves, old villages …… wild flowers abound! Love in the mist, wild gladioli, orchids, aliums, roses, phlomis, sage, scabious; every day I see another flower I need to look up or otherwise recognise something I would normally see in my garden in England, growing wild here and flourishing. I hate to say this – but here, even the thistles present a picture, covering our Read more »
While we are at The Walnut Tree, cool but sunny days in April are the perfect time to discover more (or revisit favourite) delights in the wilder parts of Kefalonia. We drove south towards Poros, visiting Agilaki (the great depth of this pool gives it its extraordinary colour), surrounded by lush green olive groves and a myriad of spring flowers and then on to the Mycenean Tombs at Tzanata. The real purpose of our trip was to find the snow melt pools and tumbling mountain streams we have been hearing about for quite a number of years. Not far Read more »
Breakfast on Easter Saturday morning – traditional Easter Bread with the dyed red hard-boiled egg! Then a trip to the National Park of Mount Aenos to see the snow … and those wonderful views.
In November 2014, Rees and I joined the Kefalonia Ramblers and Katerina from Kefalonia Donkey Trekking for a beautiful walk discovering the old Watermills of the Sami valley. A truly wonderful day – weather perfect (and in November), company entertaining and Katerina and her two donkeys being the icing on the cake!
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