In 2005 my husband and I visited Zakynthos, in Greece, for a friend’s wedding. It turned out to be a fun and interesting week. As well as celebrating a traditional Greek wedding, my birthday fell in the same week and I also had a great opportunity to catch up with family, who lived on the island, that I hadn’t seen for a while.
As soon as we arrived, we threw ourselves into island life. We hired a car and explored the island including driving off the beaten track to discover unusual places, as well as visiting the more common tourist sites, such as the shipwreck viewpoint. We also drove through the mountains, visited the very north of the island to view the neighbouring island Kefalonia and explored the southern Vasilikos peninsula.
We spent time with people we hadn’t seen in a long time, as well as experiencing a proper Greek wedding, with great food and lots of Greek dancing afterwards! One of my favourite things to do each day was to walk from the apartment to the beach, then up past the olive groves to the small shop. I loved the olive groves, filled with flowers and little geckos (lizards) who scurried though the undergrowth. It was an idyllic spot.
One night a talk with locals introduced me to some of the history of the island. The stories were really interesting and one of them, stayed in my brain after we returned home and it eventually became the thing that inspired Among the Olive Groves.
Zakynthos is full of Greek charm and hospitality, it has beautiful beaches, lush mountains and stunning olive groves and there’s lots to see and do. My favourite thing about the island is the kaleidoscope of colour the island throws at visitors; from brilliant orange sunsets, vibrant turquoise seas to white limestone cliffs topped in verdant green. It’s a beautiful place to visit and explore.
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Chrissie is an author who loves history and enjoys travelling and days out exploring. www.chrissieparker.com/books
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