Friday, September 26, 2014

Fresh, crisp air

There is a place where it’s really great to stay for an extended 
weekend and even more. Zarouchla is a little village on the 
slopes of Mount Helmos at 1200 of altitude. It takes about 
1 hour of driving from Corinth so we can get there even 
unexpectedly .... like we usually do!There is everything you 
can demand from a mountain experience and mainly fresh, 
crisp air as temperature has been nastily high on the coast 
where we live. Sleeping with a warm quilt,this is one 
of the greatest delights especially now when you feel so 
weary from the prolonged summer heat. Food is another 
attraction but it’s something “between us”. An old lady is 
cooking in an old fashion hostel changing the menu 
according to her kitchen garden crop or the forest supplies. 
Chanterelle preserves was so unusual but exquisite to taste 
while the peach cake in the breakfast was divine!We stayed 
in a comfortable new built hotel  Styga Mountain Resort
a family enterprise whose owners do their best to satisfy 
the mountain lovers and keep the village alive. 
The hotel’s name come from Styx which in Greek mythology, 
was a river which flows out from a rock near Zarouchla. 
Styx formed the boundary between Earth and the 
Underworld. According to some versions, Styx had 
miraculous powers and could make someone invulnerable. 
In his childhood, Achilles was dipped in it, acquiring immortality 
except of his heel, by which his mother held him.
Whence the expression Achilles’ heel, synonym of weakness.   


That’s all for the moment. 
I’m sending you a fresh, breezy hug 
from an unrepentant hot region. 

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