VITINA, An Idyllic Traditional Village.
Trip Start May 08, 2010
39Trip End Jan 23, 2011
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VITINA, - our last destination…..
Vitina is just 44 km from Tripoli, and a very popular destination.
It was winter when we reached Vitina many years back coming from a day trip, it was raining cats and dogs the whole day, really cold, and very late at night. You see, this beautiful village lies at an altitude of 1.033 m. I remember well there was an astonishing sight through our room window the next morning. The hotel was not super back then, and because we had arrived late we just picked the first one we found
I have read that years back there was a sanatorium here some km above the town, due to the good climate of this area. It was used for the soldiers and the old warriors of the Balkan Wars. Of course nowadays the sanatorium does not operate anymore however the very good climate of the place attracts many tourists throughout the year. In wintertime the snow covers the village and offers a unique sight.
Ok…we are here! Nothing is the same.
My God, it is so picturesque – more beautiful than I expected, so traditional and idyllic.
I can't wait to walk through the village and the first thing I will do is to leave my bag at the Restaurant where we are supposed to have lunch and be out.
Our leader leads us to a local restaurant but I don’t know why, she insists that we better sit indoors, while outside in the garden it is so beautiful
I am right next to her and I tell her that there is no way I would sit inside, even if I have to sit all by myself!
She tries to convince the people, but when they see me sitting outside everyone follows. Yianni is much behind and the time he comes he sees the rest of the people coming out in the garden thinking that we are leaving. I tell him about the suggestion of the leader and he smiles.
Everyone has picked a table outside in the garden while the leader leaves us to meet the driver and park the coach. They are all satisfied and happy to be outside, and I receive nice comments from many of them who are sitting near our table.
It is still really early for lunch, so we all decide to leave our things here and walk through the village.
I just take my camera and leave
I ask for leaflets with information about Vitina, a map probably, and if there is a folkloric museum somewhere that we could visit.
I am told that it is closed but if I tell them for sure if the people of the group are interested to visit it, they could call the person who has the key and he could have it open for us.
I thank them, take about 30 leaflets with all information and photos and I get back to the restaurant…..to find nobody there!!
They are all out scattered in the village buying different things. I leave the leaflets and get back to the narrow streets to take some photos. I guess there is no interest for the folkloric museum, and later on when the people return it will be time for lunch. So I prefer to tell them nothing.
The Central square has a remarkable stone-built church, and right in the centre under the shade of trees there are some café restaurants, - a nice place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice-cream.
Opposite the street there are many interesting stone-built buildings, souvenir shops, a traditional old bakery and many restaurants with big beautiful gardens
Each shop is unique and elegant…They sell all kinds of Greek herbs, home-made delicacies, desserts, spice, liqueur, and pastry.
It is indeed a beautiful little village that keeps its colour and style. So elegant indeed!
On my way back to the restaurant…..it is time for lunch anyway I return to the place where I got the leaflets earlier, and inform them not to bother with the museum as I don’t see any interest with the people of the group. There are only a few who expressed the wish to visit it, but unfortunately they are not going to have the museum open for just three or four people.
The restaurant proves to be really nice with tasty food and a good service
The dancing goes on and on for an hour or so, and it is nice sitting back and watching them. I am happy that they are having fun and this is enough for me.
In all, the 3-day trip is worth everything we paid for, there was lots of fun, seen so many beautiful things and places, and we are all looking forward to meeting again as a group at a new destination soon.