Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Eve ...

A busy day for me ahead ...

Up at crack of sparrows, and out to get the car down near to the house. There are new cops in town and they seem to have bred overnight, they are the municipality police. They seem to be a traffic warden and are mainly handing out parking tickets.

I watched them in Papadamatis street yesterday, outside the post office, they arrived by bike lowered the barrier, a quick blast of the whistle and started ticketing cars and motorbikes.

Anyone who rode round the barrier on their scooter was stopped and had the choice, ticket or go back. At €60 a go it’s an expensive short cut.

Their other haunts where they wait are the junctions of the roads into Papadamatis street at Evangelistra Street and the harbour. The harbour control affects me, as like everyone else, I can get round the lowered barrier, and along the port. But this is now forbidden - except before 8am.

The car was fully loaded, with 24 x 1.5 litre bottles of water, and a boot full of firewood collected from the beach. So my new time for deliveries to the house is 7am, so out before border controls are in force for the 8.15am flying cat ...

Five trips up from the harbour later, back out from the Paralia and round the ring road, to Carrefour for the last of the shopping on the list just after 8am. Then returned to the harbour just as the morning sun was breaking through the clouds, for the walk back up to the house.

I rewarded myself with a coffee, and then headed back out to the butcher in Tries Hieraches church square. Mistake - he just sold the last chicken breasts at 08.30am - and I need some for Monday ...

On foot this time across town to the ring road butcher, and this guy had everything in his busy shop - it’s an Albanian business, and I find them quite good. Two huge complete chicken breasts for €7. He also had huge lemons, almost like Grapefruits. He said they were from his house, I had not seen lemons like that for some years - they are unique variant to Greece, and I last saw them in Lefkada.

Returning across town, down the newly paved Evangelistra Street, many people wishing me Καλά Χριστούγεννα (Happy Christmas) and Χρόνια Πολλά (Many years)

I popped in to Nikos the baker on Church square for fresh bread, and as its Christmas – a special bread was on offer - here it is ...



Children were going door to door armed with their musical triangles. They sing you a few verses of a Christmas carol with a few key taps on the triangle for accompaniment. It seems quite profitable, by the number of children out singing this morning ...

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