I like to think of myself as a pretty relaxed person in general, but its incredible how much your surroundings can contribute to your relaxation.
Last week, we found ourselves in the teensy Greek resort on Corfu called Roda. We took a boat trip to Paxos and Antipaxos, but besides that, we spent 7 succulent, delicious days of pure relaxation by the beach.
Staying just on the outer rim of what I assumed was a fishing village, the sea was shallow by the beach, crystal clear and dotted with small, private fishing boats, in a cove surrounded by calm water, and overlooking portions of mainland Greece and Albania.
Our hotel had a private beach, with a little pier/jetty which seemed to be ornamental, as there was nothing moored there.
It was ideal for walking along, though.
We also took a day trip by boat to see some other small islands in the area. We visited Antipaxos, which is home to many small beaches which I could only describe as Paradise-esque.
We also visited Paxos, where I saw my first jellyfish of the trip. I really like jellyfish.
We ate gyros and (secretly) fed some stray cats, had a wander around and had some really delicious, syrupy Greek desserts.
On the way there, our cruise also sailed by (and into) The Sea-Caves of Poseidon.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon was one of the 12 Olympian deities. He was ruler of the seas, and also called “Earth Shaker” – as he caused Earthquakes.
Despite Zeus being the ruler of Gods, Poseidon is mentioned more than any other deity in Greek Mythology.
Always having taken a keen interest in mythology, I was thrilled to see the supposed Caves of Poseidon, which I did not know were so close to our resort.
Upon entering the cave, and the cove housing it, one is given the distinct feeling that the area is of extreme importance.
I even felt slightly uneasy being there, perhaps feeling a bit ‘watched’ – kind of like you do in church.
The water there is crystal clear, and the rock is clean, smooth and slime-free. I can see why Poseidon would elect to reside there in 1600BC – far from mortal eyes.
Apparently, they call it the Cave of Neptune because (aside from legend) on the right side of the rock face, at the mouth of the cave, you can “see” Poseidon’s face looking into the cave.
Whilst we were there, I couldn’t see it.
Looking at this picture, I can make it out vaguely, but am not convinced.
What do you think?