Go in the forest, they said. It’ll be cool and refreshing, they said. Not really. It was hot hot hot! At least I have some nice pics. You know, to remember the sweat, the damp hair sticking on my neck, the buzzing of hungry mosquitoes…
We visited Marble Beach in Thassos island, Greece. It is an amazing place! It’s indeed made of marble pebbles and the water is crystal clear. The only problem? Too many people! We arrived at noon so no chance of sunbeds for us. It didn’t matter, though. We still enjoyed our stay, because in spite of the crowd, the beach and the water were clean and the people were polite. Plus, the water was not crazy crowded (altough I had to Photoshop out a few people from the photos), so I swam until I got tired and my hands and feet hurt. 😀
Somewhere in the middle of Romania, there is a lake where you can swim with ducks. It’s a special heliothermal lake, unique in Europe. The water at the surface is cold but at the bottom it gets warmer, because of the salt. This is why swimming is allowed only a few hours a day, with a couple of hours resting break in the middle of the day, so the water can settle down.
Giola is a natural rocky pool on Thassos Island, in Greece. We went there a few years back and it was an amazing experience. It is also called the mermaids’ pool. It’s quite deep but the water is emerald green, crystal clear and calm.
It’s not a place for little kids though. The road to get there is long. You travel by car then you have to descend a small mountain by foot. And there is no ladder to get in and out of the pool – you need to climb the rocks. You have to be extra careful. Also, there are no facilities whatsoever. Meaning, no toilets. You need to bring your own water because there are no stores nearby.
And that’s awesome, of course. It’s just good, clean, Greek fun – water, sun and salty sea breeze. Even better, actually – green water in the pool, blue water of the sea, untouched nature all around you and the immensity of the sky.
It is one of our best memories. We would love to go back, but there are other Greek islands waiting for us to explore them.