Day 8 - St Nicholas Name Day
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Monday was St Nicholas day, very important in Methoni as one of the two main churches in the town is "Agios Nikolaus". I guiltily caught the bus to Pylos as I needed to arrange and pay for olive oil transport to the UK. I therefore missed the parade through Methoni, returning just in time to see the smart young band members disbanding. I have watched the parade each year for 10 years and hope to go again next year
It is a Methoni holiday and all shops and many retaurants are closed as lots of Methoni people are called Nikos so why should they work on this special day? However, the buses were still running so I caught the 11.30 local bus to Foinikounda; it goes via local villages - Foiniki, Evangelismos, and Kamaria, so I could enjoy the scenery and observe the ever increasing urbanisation. The day was warm and sunny - like the best English summer day by the sea, so I
found a restaurant that was still open during winter ( I had sold lemons to them in 2000-01) and took a table by the sea. A delicious meal of "chicken in the oven" with a side salad. I had time to walk along the pier, along the shore, and round the back of the town before catching a bus back to Methoni at about 15.20. I noticed that a bus leaves for Koroni at around 3.00 pm so will remember that for the future. This return trip to Methoni goes straight along the main highway, passing the Trigono Grove. I have wondererd whether it would stop if I were to stand by the roadside and flag it down!
In past years I've tended to stay close to Methoni but it is good to use some time to explore a little further afield by bus. Of course I would also like to see more local buses and this will surely come as the winter population increases.