Risk and Reward
The cafe owner was notably chatty as he served us our drinks on the patio of his tiny shop. The most captivating part of the day was upon us – we had a perfect view of the sparkling blue Molyvos harbour, lit up by the golden rays of the sinking sun – yet we were the only customers there to enjoy it. We savoured our fruity cocktails and prepared to linger long past the sunset, as you do when you can claim a spot of Greece all to yourself.
“In a couple of months I wouldn’t even be talking to you,” the owner insisted, “By then I am sick of tourists. Then towards the end of the season, I am more friendly again because there are fewer, and I will be sad to see them go soon.”
The cafe had just opened that day and we were some of his first customers. Several shops and restaurants down the street had yet to raise their shutters. By traveling to Greece that early in the tourist season, we were taking a bit of a risk with weather and commercial availability according to our travel guides.
We’ve been burned before.
We often travel in the off-season – lured by lower prices and fewer crowds – we’ve made conscious decisions to ignore weather forecasts and just hope for the best.
Sometimes, it’s not worth it. We’ve had to cut excursions short, endured nearly frozen limbs, or barely even caught sight of the main attraction through the fog.
And other times, thankfully for us during our one long weekend in beautiful Greece, everything lined up perfectly. Temperatures were near the 30s C (80s F), and we had the place nearly all to ourselves.
It’s no secret that Greece is struggling financially, and less-visited islands such as Lesvos feel it significantly as they rely heavily on tourism from their fellow citizens.
So while we reveled in having entire beaches, historic churches, and restaurants all to ourselves, we did wish for better times and more tourists to call on the charming island.
Starting NEXT weekend.
(Someone needs to stop the sheep from taking over the empty parking lots.)