We’ve arrived at our accommodation in Platania, a small town situated on the southern tip of the Pelion Peninsular.
Our flight bought us to Volos the evening before and it took almost an hour to drive to Volos and then another two and a half hours to get to Platania.
Over the following days I photographed “Villa Katerina” our hotel and did have photos of the inside rooms too, but the inside photos seem to have been stashed in the wrong folder on my hard disk, and so far I’ve been unable to locate them. (I’ll add them later if I find them).
We were there for our children’s October half term holiday in 2012, there was a small kitchen / dining area, a room with a double bed for Himself and I and two sofa beds in the living room, one of which is for Little Mr. since Kiwi Daughter is staying at our in-laws small holiday home. They have one spare bed and since Kiwi Daughter is close in age to their son, she’s staying there this trip. Little Mr was seven years old at that time and did get the option of a blow-up bed with them there too but elected to stay with Mama and Papa down the road.
Our accommodation is a top floor apartment on the towns’ main road, but since this is the last town on this part of the peninsular is pretty much a dead end road so saying that traffic is minimal would be a definite understatement.
I was at first a bit shocked to see all the stairs to the apartment but in general we didn’t spend much time here apart from sleeping so I usually only had to tackle these one a day.
It’s also well after the height of summer, and later we learn from Thomas the local shopkeeper that he’s figured out that our family, that of our In-laws and one friend of my sister in law make up three quarters of the tourists in the village this week.
My in-laws have been coming on holiday here for more than twenty-one years and when the landlord of their rented property told them he loved the old wee house but was getting too old to maintain it any more so it would have to be sold.
They came home, spoke their bank manager and managed to buy it.
It needs renovation and so every trip they make there they are slowly renovating and upgrading but it’s their little patch of paradise for their family and future generations. “Villa Katerina” is owned by people they know in the village, a friendly couple who have gotten to know our in-laws well over the years and are delighted to meet more of their friends family.
Our views from the apartment: