Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kefalonia, Greece: Lassi Coastline, Kalamia and Gradakia Beaches and Getting a Tan


Aside from the famous beaches of Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos, the Lassi beach resort area is home to some small, cosy beaches.

We visited 2 small beaches, Kalamia and Gradakia beaches before settling at Costa Costa in Makris Gialos. I cannot remember anymore which is which beach in the pictures below.

Dutchman and I enjoyed scootering this particular coastline of Kefalonia, especially if you are coming from the airport and you follow the winding road along the coast of Lassi all the way to the capital, Argostoli. One of the very nice roads and relaxing rides we have had on the island.

A little confession time: I was born on an island (Cebu) in the Philippines and grew up with family going to the beaches but I have to admit that I never really loved the beach scene. Maybe it has something to do with the social taboo that still exists there unfortunately, that one must not stay too long under the sun. Beach is synonymous to sun, and this means getting a darker tan. People in the Philippines, and in Asia in general, are afraid of getting dark. If you are dark you are supposed to be unattractive.

Alas, it was the beach-loving Dutchman and our summer holidays to the Greek Islands that has woken me up from this deep slumber. I have come to love the beach (been years now!) and I am not afraid of the sun anymore =)


The Fanari Lighthouse facing the second largest town of the island, Lixouri.


Algae on the pristine waters.


We love this road, the Lassi coastline road.


Lassi is home to small and cosy beaches like this.


There are also many rocky beaches with cave formations here in Lassi.


Travel Period: June-July 2015
Destination: Argostoli (Kefalonia – Ionian Islands), Greece

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Kefalonia, Greece: Nightlife Scene in Argostoli—Leof Vasileos Georgiou V Street

Leof Vasileos Georgiou V Street is not just a street with a very interesting long name but it is also the most posh street of Argostoli city centre.


You will see palmeras and pink flower-bearing bougainvillas lining the streets along stately mansions and houses in pastel colours. The street is connected to Vallianou Square, the main square of the city which is often called as the Argostoli Square as well.

In the evening, this street transforms into an extended outdoor restaurant and nightlife scene of Vallianou Square, but with more a focus on bars. The first few blocks from the square is also closed to traffic. We saw a little outdoor market selling jewelry one evening and it would be nice if they can exploit the closed area from traffic with more market stalls selling special and local handicrafts. There was also a little funfair on the street that occupied a block which was nice for the kids.

Dutchman and I settled at a very busy and trendy bar called Bees Knees (on corner Geroulanou Street) and we were lucky enough to grab a 2-seater chaise lounge. A couple just left when we passed by and Dutchman was quick! An hour and a half of people watching and tasting the nightlife scene was good enough for us.

If you come to Kefalonia and wish to have dinner in the city centre, do drop by this street afterwards and grab a beer, wine or a shot at one of the bars here.

The location:



I took the address of the Bees Knees on Geroulanou Street corner Leof Vasileous Georgiou V Street. You can see it is very near to Vallianou Square and the water boulevard.


The street during the day. 


Bars, cafes and restaurants alongside each other on this street.


An outdoor jewelry and accessories market. I love the vendor's idea of hanging jewelry on a small tree and lighting it up. A very nice attraction on the street. I managed to buy a Greek style laurel leaf bronze ring which could easily be mistaken as gold.


The outdoor terrace of Bees Knees. Quite busy here.


A glass of prosecco and Mythos beer for Dutchman and moi.


Bees Knees is one of the nice and trendy bars here with cool music.


Travel Period: June-July 2015
Destination: Argostoli (Kefalonia – Ionian Islands), Greece

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Capital of Kefalonia (Greece): Argostoli

The capital of Kefalonia—Argostoli is perhaps not the most attractive city I have seen and visited in the Greek Islands. It pales in comparison to Kerkyra for example, the capital of Corfu, which is the island we summer holidayed the year previously. Well, I have read about Argostoli before the trip so I was quite prepared. I came with my expectations set low.


And was I glad, because everything that was said was indeed correct. Argostoli is—shall I say, an average city. The centre is small and the places to be are concentrated around a few areas connecting each other. The main area of the city with thick activity is the Vallianou Square (also called as the Argostoli Square) which is ringed with outdoor restaurants and café terraces. This area of town becomes popular in the late afternoon until the evening, especially on Leof Vasileous Georgiou V street where it gets very busy at night and until early morning.

A few blocks away is the only pedestrianized shopping street in town—Lithostrotos Street. I spied a few really nice mid-market boutiques here selling lovely dresses. On this street as well are two churches (Orthodox and Catholic Churches), 2 small squares and several café terraces.

Parallel to Vallianou Square and Lithostrotos shopping street is the Argostoli boulevard where the boats are docked. This is also a nice area to stroll on during twilight. A few of the cruise liners stop by here in Argostoli as well delivering enough day tourists to the city and around the island.

Dutchman and I have been here in Argostoli several times during the holiday, to have dinner and to partake in their nightlife scene. The city is about 20 minutes with the scooter from our holiday apartment in Leviathos.


Map of Argostoli (Argostolion in Greek).

Here are the pictures I took during the days we were in the capital city:


The pretty Leof Vasileos Georgiou V street is adorned with palmeras, bougainvillas and beautiful mansions. This is also the nightlife area of the town. The area near the Vallianou Square has many bars and cafes.


A very nice English ride.


The pedestrianised shopping street of Argostoli -- Lithostrotos.


The Orthodox Church on Lithostrotos shopping street.


I quite like these retro newspaper design A-line dresses. A very Audrey Hepburn - Jackie Kennedy style dress. I was so tempted to buy.


Yours truly in a leopard print sundress with black shawl.


This is another church on Lithostrotos, a Catholic Church.

 

Bars and cafe terraces on the side streets of Vallianou Square. The popular drink of the locals during the day is the cold Greek frappe.


This velvet sofas are practically placed on the side street. 


From the cafe looking to Lithostrotos street.


Cats everywhere in the island. This cat was giving the other cat a back massage.


A favourite pastime of the boys here is the sporty (BMX) bikes. We had one like this when we were growing up. It was my brother's but I borrowed it from time to time.

 

Bougainvillas galore. They do remind me of the Philippines.


Tirador or slingshots. Another reminder of my childhood days, although I do not really play this game much. 


One of the very interesting bars and cafes in Argostoli is this one with the lavender bicycles.


Travel Period: June-July 2015
Destination: Argostoli (Kefalonia – Ionian Islands), Greece

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