Our invite for a coffee turned into an extraordinary act of kindness as we shared a bite to eat and eventually ended up camping out in Jes’s living room. We were up early the next morning as Jes had to be at work for 8.00am, but we managed to share a pleasant hour together over a healthy and delicious breakfast chased up with more fresh coffee, before we thanked him for his unexpected but fantastic hospitality and parted our ways. For those of you following our tracks on our SPOT GPS and wandering why it looked like we slept at the McDonalds drive-thru that night, well this is why, Jes’s apartment was back to back with the notorious golden arches!
Without ordering anything, speciality dishes started arriving at the table. We had baked feta which is cooked in foil with olive oil, herbs, onion and tomato until is is melted, Spanakopita, which is spinach and feta wrapped in filo pastry, Saganaki, a fried cheese, in this case wrapped in breadcrumbs, Tzatziki, Greek salad and Pita bread. The food was so fresh and tasty, we both had a smile from ear to ear! We drank Macedonian wine and Georges and Tina treated us like their guests of honour. Everyone that came to the restaurant, Georges told them about our crazy adventure, but for tonight, we were officially taking a night off! Next up and we were served a large plate of lamb chops and potatoes. For once, David had not actually already mentioned his love of lamb, he must just have it written across his forehead!
The food and drink kept coming and Georges showed us photos of his son and we talked about Greece. We had such a wonderful evening and are truly excited about returning to Taverna Hellas one day to see Georges and Tina. That night we slept in the stock room of the restaurant and Georges left us with the keys to the restaurant and showed us around the kitchen, telling us to help ourselves to anything we could possibly want, eggs, ice-cream, coffee, bread, absolutely anything! It was amazing meeting Georges and Tina and the other staff at the cafe and restaurant and we were blown away by their kindness. The hospitality didn't even stop there. The following morning we had breakfast of eggs, tomatoes, greek yoghurt and honey and bread straight out the oven from the artisan bakery round the corner. We loaded up the bikes, went to say farewell to everyone and the next minute we were served up coffee, more hot-chocolate and crepes with banana, chocolate and ice cream. This pitstop took re-fuelling to a whole new level!
Eventually, we had to hug and say goodbye. The last 24 hours had been quite surreal but absolutely incredible, these were very special people and we were incredibly lucky to have spotted the colourful umbrellas on such a rainy day. The sun was shining as far as we were concerned.
Watch out for the next edition as we cycle across Sweden and Piper returns!!!