“It’s funny how the colours of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen” – Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Google all the holiday retreats in Greece, all the islands, the beaches, the hotels and resorts! On the photos, they all look mesmerisingly beautiful, unreal even. “It’s too good to be true!” is what I thought when checking for destinations, there has to be a catch!
We got up early in the morning, went shopping and got prepared to leave for the first island on our list – to Salamina! Salamina is the largest island in the Saronic Gulf, it’s about 30 minutes ferry ride away from Piraeus. It’s a beautiful fishing island with a lot of history, beautiful beaches, and it costs only €2.90 to get there.
When we first got off the ferry on the island, we were struck by the question which we hadn’t really considered until we arrived… How do we get to the beaches?!… A quick Google search provided us with a few places to choose from and we started asking people around the bus stop for their help with transportation. The friendly and the helpful attitude of the locals gave us the confidence that ‘Yes, we can do this and not get lost!’ and thus we continued on our way.
After a slightly scary but also beautiful bus journey, we had arrived at a beautiful beach. Though small, it was worth exploring. We were surrounded by local people, not many I must admit but that was perhaps what made the whole experience even more appealing. The sea though, oh! The beautiful, shimmering sea…
Coming back to Anthony Burgess’ quote, I’ve witnessed first hand that such places do exist, not only in the digital world but in reality. You can see it, touch it, feel it.
Unfortunately, we had only a short time to spend in the island as the last ferry to Piraeus is at 5pm. I will most certainly go back to there, perhaps next time go to other parts – not only to the beaches but to explore the area properly. It is certainly worth a shot.
I will leave you a song that I am listening to while writing this and I think somehow, it fits;