Monemvasia and Kythira

Monemvasia and Kythira

By
Lyndey Milan
Contains
11 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742702704
Photographer
Chris Chen

It was hard to leave Nafpliobut but we were excited to head towards the great rock of Monemvasia. On the way we stopped for lunch at the picturesque seaside village of Plaka where we met the owner of the restaurant, an absolute find. We called him Thomas ‘Please’ because that’s what he constantly said. He was one great guy and so proud of what his taverna showcased.

As the island of Monemvasia came into view, out came the cameras. We made our way across the causeway that links the mainland to the island and walked through a mysterious arch to find the most beautiful cobbled streets and maze of Byzantine walls unmarred by cars. It was like pulling back a curtain to a whole new world. We ended our day on a rooftop terrace, sipping chilled red wine and marvelling at the view.

Next day it was Blair’s turn for an early start as once again he was in the mood for a climb, this time right to the top to see the legendary Byzantine church of Agia Sofia. He had to move quickly as we were booked on the afternoon ferry to Kythira, an island with only 3300 inhabitants but 60,000 descendants in Australia! Since Kythira is famed for having the best honey in the world, we learned all about bees and beehives and even tried honey on cheese – a fantastic combination. The honey is also an important ingredient in many local sweet specialities, which we found in a store named Stavros. That day we also had our first taste of the local firewater, fatourada.

Our last stop of the day was with a wonderful Greek– Australian couple, Kate and Lucky. Kate taught me how to make rozedes while Blair disappeared to learn all about wine making from Lucky who had created his own vineyard and wine press and was making wine under his house.

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