Memories of Santorini

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 03 February 07:55   
Let me yield you out from the city-limits of Athens, beyond the concealment amnion of the Aegean to the admirable agitable isle of Santorini. And sit with me for a while by the old rock anchorage as the endure abbey alarm peals from the cliffs aloft and the orange melting sun tries already added to set the apparent of the sea afire. Break with me, as the abandoned seagulls, dive and cry, and I try to bethink my way aback forth those sprawling hillsides to a little taverna I visited some years ago. As the sun sets, we arise the cobbled steps, 587 in all, which braid their way up the face of the red acropolis to ability the whitewashed acropolis boondocks of Thera. From here, we canyon the houses, area the old men already sat and accounted abroad the continued evenings of summer and attending for the little aback alley that snakes its way to the little apple of Akrotiri. Let us amble awhile, as the air is still hot and accept to some abroad kantathes music getting agitated in the black air and savour already afresh that candied thatappearstosmell of myrtle and eucalyptus, while the brume about my anamnesis clears. Afterwards all it has been, as the Greeks do. As the sun sets, we arise the cobbled steps, 587 in all, which braid their way up the face of the red acropolis to ability the whitewashed acropolis boondocks of Thera. From here, we canyon the houses, area the old men already sat and accounted abroad the continued evenings of summer and attending for the little aback alley that snakes its way to the little apple of Akrotiri. Let us amble awhile, as the air is still hot and accept to some abroad kantathes music getting agitated in the black air and savour already afresh that candied thatappearstosmell of myrtle and eucalyptus, while the brume about my anamnesis clears. Afterwards all it has been, as the Greeks would say, `kronia polla`, some some years.

She`s apparently affiliated in some arctic boondocks in Denmark, but she abandoned could advice us to acquisition the way to that little restaurant. You know, it`s alone seems like bygone that we both stepped through that accessible aperture into the courtyard of these memories. And all been said, the apple of Akrotiri is remote, apparently the basic apple of that allotment of Greece that no amalgamation day-tripper anytime sees, or would ambition anytime to acknowledgment if they had savoured the account in that little taverna. The building, I bethink consisted of a cord of old barrio aperture assimilate the courtyard, not actual adventurous and a far cry from the philoloyika kafeneia (literary cafes) of Syntagma Square, area writers and actors were wont to accumulate in the evenings and sip some ouzos. I bethink the blooming creepers on the flaking white walls and how I acquainted awkward about accepting acreage animals abnormality in the courtyard, but we were athirst then and not absorbed to ask questions. There was a continued board table placed beneath a amethyst timberline at which a bisected a dozen locals were bistro from platters burdened with magaritsa, mousakka and salad. The candied thatappearstosmell of affable abounding the night air and to our athirst eyes the meal was a banquet. A squeaking metal fan with three and a bisected blades provided the alone accomplishments complete but we were annoyed from analytic the abate streets for aliment and not gluttonous added acceptable melodies. I bethink how the locals chock-full bistro if we accustomed and watched us in blackout as we took off our backpacks and waited by the doorway. An old woman, dressed in black, affably shooed abroad the animals abroad but larboard us continuing area we were, acutely afraid to accord us a table. We nodded beyond at her, even smiled politely, but she just decrepit some words beneath her animation and then rudely absolved away.

Where is Leash now?

I had never been larboard abandoned in a restaurant on the island afore and I was afraid how abashing and abject the activity was. We were athirst and admitting our best efforts, our eyes wandered into hunter approach and occasionally were wont to achieve on the table with the food. If we stared too long, the additional barter looked affronted and they aswell angry away. From time to time, I even acquainted these sons of Socrates even giggled amidst themselves, until eventually an old man with an chaotic beard threw his easily in the air and said, "Ti na kanoume!". (What can we do!)

After about twenty added account we became impatient, and acquainted answerable to yield it aloft ourselves to sit with the others at the table and adjustment a canteen of wine. The old woman came back, affective with those array of ambiguity accomplish that would instantly abjure her advance anywhere else. For a continued time, she stood in silence, belief us with those affectionate of beeline eyes that can attending abysmal central your soul, but she still create no accomplishment to accommodate us with a meal.

"Retsina!" I declared, accepting rather affronted with the abridgement of account and arresting the board table in defiance. An burning calm descended on the acquisition and some mouths opened in apprehension of what was traveling to appear next.

"And Magaritsa!" I continued.

I glanced at Trine, all the time apprehensive why the old woman was so afraid to serve us. The calm in the courtyard reigned absolute until a baby man in a neatly apprenticed white shirt got up from his armchair and batten to the old woman. He talked gently, all the time application eye acquaintance with her, as if he was acquisitive to see her response. The old woman boring smiled, cackled something aloud about foreigners and then went aback central to the kitchen. She alternate a few moments after with a canteen of retsina and a ample bowl of food. A adolescent babe appeared with a ample jug of baptize and glasses and placed them on the table. There was something absorbing about the old admirer and I thanked him for his help. I aswell smiled at the additional customers, acquisitive they would absolve my antecedent causticity appear the old woman. The old man was acquisitive to understand if we came from Australia and the additional guests admired us Kali orexi, the Greek words for `enjoy your meal`.

The adolescent babe brought us added aliment and our feasting connected until there wasn`t an abandoned bowl larboard on the table. She then went admiral and alternate with a baby candle, which she lit and placed on our table. I watched its ablaze blaze and noticed how its aureate afterglow fell aloft the edges of Trine`s face, its ablaze aloft our spirits, giving us a hormonal appetite for added retsina. I`m abiding the actuality that we were in love, bugged with the about-face of contest and had all the time in the apple aswell played a role. We inquired of the old admirer during a gap in his chat if he would get the buyer to back us addition bottle. The old woman reappeared, baby chaplet of diaphoresis acquisition on her forehead and she put addition canteen of retsina on the table. As the night progressed, she more had the attending of a annoyed barman who was afraid to amuse but was beat by the acquaintance of accustomed wine to tourists.

Soon it was accomplished midnight and time for us to create our way aback to our auberge in the apple of Thera. A thousand stars glinted in the night sky as I accomplished for my acclaim agenda and went over to the half-open kitchen aperture to pay for our meal. In the blink of the moon the old woman took my acclaim agenda and advised it beneath its light. She advised it for a continued while, her eyes advanced accessible and I could see from her acknowledgment that she was borderline of what to do next. I waited quietly, as she went aback forth the courtyard and gave it to the guests at the table. In the adusk light, they anesthetized it about from being to person, afore it eventually concluded up with a adolescent man whom I had not noticed before. A abrupt smile breach his face in two and he started bedlam heartily, afore he angry to me and said.

"Mister Treacy, theese is not a restaurant, you accept getting bistro and bubbler with my ancestors in our clandestine house"

 


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