Why Alonissos? by Julia Browne
Why Alonissos for your holidays?
Traditional, family ways
and the changing of seasons.
The wild flowers in spring
and crystal clear seas.
Long evenings which bring
out the dark green of pine trees
and the olives' silvery green.
The moon's sparkle on waves
starting silver but, as it rises, it seems
Selene's light then turns golden with age.
Forest paths and tracks, spectacular views -
a delight for walkers and artists as well
as those who just want to relax and lose
themselves in the tranquility, and dispel
the rigours and anxiety of modern existence.
Later, a vibrancy as the temperatures rise
and it's time to swim, to dive, to feel the distance
from stress, to just sit and admire the skies -
azure by day, but by night there's the delight
of the twinkling stars, mythological constellations -
mighty Orion, faithful Sirius, and galaxies infinite
in distance and size. Look up, enjoy the sensations!
So, why Alonissos? Family-run tavernas, tradition,
no hard sell, an island in which one feels at ease.
Kefi in abundance, fine food and wine and, in addition,
there's just nothing here that will displease!