Karin and I took a Sunday drive yesterday; kind of a farewell tour of the east side of the island.  We still find it amazing how some parts have changed so much since we first arrived 11 years ago.  For instance the rough road between Ambelas and Santa Maria used to be our favourite “wilderness” getaway with special coastal features.  The dramatic coastline is still there but now the road is paved and lined with large villas amidst landscaped gardens.

On our jaunt we had a delightful upscale lunch at Siparos which always gets rave reviews.  When I last ate there it was a traditional taverna with good reviews.  I am glad to see their success because we also saw many places boarded up with For Sale and For Rent signs on them.

Over the years I have taken many photos of Golden Beach at different seasons.  Below are two from 18 Sep 2011.  See same shot in High Season


Speaking of autumn, the weather here is usually delightful but the visitors are sparse and it is difficult for restaurants and other service providers to stay open.  An exception this year is Oona Giesen’s Yoga Workshops.  She has added sessions in October and November.  Check it out!

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