Ever since I started my own business, the time we spend together as a family has become more and more important. Sometimes we get to spend the weekends together, sometimes we don't. That's why I was looking forward to going somewhere for 3 days as soon as we had the opportunity of doing so , and we got so lucky :October 28th is one of the two( !!) national holidays here in Greece and we managed to synchronise our schedules . One of the destinations I've had on my mind for a while now, was Lake Doxa . So, Saturday morning, without having packed too much and too many, we commenced our journey.In less than 4 hours we reached our destination but the problem was there were no rooms available. Everything was packed with last minute travellers! We hadn't made any arrangements ahead of time because we weren't 100% sure where we wanted to go , plus, we always managed to find accommodation quite easily.Hungry and anxious, we stopped for lunch and for a short walk, admiring the surroundings. It was indeed a brilliant location.Words are too poor to describe the enthusiasm and wonder we felt . But we were also under pressure...it was getting dark and we still hadn't found suitable accommodation, with the closest town located at about 40 km, I wasn't in the mood of wasting that much time driving places. Then we remembered a little hotel we stayed at, about 2 years ago. It wasn't very close but at least it was in the area, and we got lucky. We checked in and we finally relaxed. Markos was only 4months old when we first came to this area and we had such a wonderful time. So being there 2 years after made me feel even happier.
Second day started quite early; with the hour change, the kids were awake at 7 am.By 9 am we were out and about, finding a path and just getting lost in the wilderness. Autumn is such a wonderful season if the weather is nice. And expecially here is Greece this beautiful season reminds me of the Romanian summers, with a bonus: colorful trees, leaves changing and yet still preserving a taste of summer and green. Absolutely magnificent!
If I had to summarize and decide what the highs and lows were, I'd have to say that we definitely loved the area, the time we spent together, the hiking ...Lake Doxa undoubtedly lived up to its reputation and the Mountainous Korinthia is a dreamy destination. As for the lows I'd have to mention the fact that it seemed to us a little pricey...starting with the hotels and ending with the restaurants, the whole area doesn't seem to have tasted the crisis that's been torturing Greece for 5 years now (and still counting). Other than that, I'll always remember this trip as one of this autumn's greatest moments.And to prove it, here are some pictures :
|View from our hotel|
|Keep walking, never look back...|
|Something to keep the boys busy|
|Lake Doxa- sunset|
|a 4 hour stop in Xylokastro on our way back|
|a 2 hour stop in Ancient Korinth|