One day trip to Evia.
A couple of friends was staying there and invited us to visit them for lunch.
It was less than 2 hour drive from Piraeus; if it were from northern Athens, it would be about 1.5 hour, according to our friends who live in Iraklio.
We arrived at around 11 o'clock. We thought we should have a rest having a coffee. Stopping at a bakery on the road, I saw unfamiliar bread like tyropsomo (cheese bread) and ladopsomo (olive oil bread).
We had a piece of galaktoboureko and 2 flappe. A flappe cost 1 Euro. Even considering it was self-service, 1 Euro is very cheap. At another cafeteria we stopped on our way back, it was 2.50 Euro.
After a break, I called the friends who were hiking to decide where to meet.
This part of Evvia is splendidly green and has abundant water.
Although we had just had a coffee, the friends were hungry and we proceeded directly to lunch. Evidently the place is know for the grilled meat and there were some restaurants grilling meal on roadside.
We drove to a restaurant recommended by the owner of the hotel where our friends were staying.
There was this little oratory just next to the restaurant. Our friend acutely observed that this place is ideal for baptism & baptismal party.
We had pork kondosouvli (grilled blocks of pork). It was nice, but not special. We could have found the equally nice kondosouvli in Attica. Maybe we should have tried chicken or lamb, these meats more likely to be local.
This is called biskotoglyko, reputed to be a local delicacy. It was just moist biscuit with chocolate cream. It is a very easy sweet to make at home, but to offer this as a local delicacy is an exaggeration, we concurred.
The view from the restaurant was the best part of the lunch.
After the lunch, we took a walk.
And met a snake, who was not very happy to see us and escaped very quickly.
Then we left. We wished we could remain for another day, but even for one day, it was a very good break from the usual urban life.