If I had to choose between spending summer in a city or getting away, I’d opt for the latter without a second thought.
Having just returned from a short holiday in a big city, I can only pity city-dwellers who don’t have the chance to flee in the summer. Commuting to and from work becomes nightmarish in hot weather. I hear you saying: But at night it’s a different world.
I agree as night life is a big attraction.
However, remember the song again: The days can’t be like the nights… As the weather gets hotter and hotter, the only consolation is air-conditioning which, however, keeps you house-bound. With official warnings about a possible black-out because of overconsumption of energy during heat waves, our only luxury is severely threatened.
On the other hand, summer on an island is pure magic.
The slow pace of life is immediately noticeable and so is people’s disposition.The sea breeze seems to blow away not only the heat but people’s troubles, as well.
There’s an endless list of leisure options to choose from: lounging around in outdoor cafes, strolling around alleys, savouring local dishes…
For the more energetic ones there are water-sports, trekking, horse-riding …
For a more gratifying holiday, learning a bit of the local language will help raise the barriers of communication between you and the local residents.
A couple of conversational classes a week will spice up your holidays with insights into local culture.
Greece is strewn with small islands. Pick up one and transform your idea of a holiday into a life-long experience. Corfu, Durrel’s enchanting island is the perfect holiday destination.