Time Out in Spartia, Kefalonia

By | 4th September 2017
View from Vigla Village

View from Vigla Village

Sitting under the pine trees, feeling the breeze and looking out to sea, it could be four years ago, the last time I came here. Not much has changed, which is good. The beauty of the place is so astonishing that every time I round a corner I almost gasp out loud. The sea is turquoise, the water clear and the sky usually a bright blue. Even when it’s a little overcast, the clouds decorate the sky with shapes and colour tones that merely add to the picture of breathtaking, natural drama.

Where I can see any changes they are, seemingly without exception, improvements. Kim and I are here on a week’s yoga holiday with Yoga on a Shoestring and when I was here before, in 2013, it was for the same reason. Then, Vigla Village, where we’re staying – a family-run, simple but well-appointed complex of apartments, pool and communal kitchen area – was just venturing into offering yoga holidays. We practised yoga in the eating space by the kitchen and walked up a steep, windy road for 30 minutes to get to the nearest village to buy any snacks and essentials. Now, there is a purpose-built yoga platform overlooking the sea; and the village shop in Spartia will deliver your order if you want to phone it through rather than climb the hill on a hot day. Even the food over the road at Isalos restaurant is better.

Approaching Spartia

Approaching Spartia

We’re almost half way through this week of yoga now. Every morning after meditation, a good, long yoga session and a tasty brunch, I wonder what to do first: read, write, swim or snooze. I know the day will pass by slowly and quietly. This also feels very good. I remember savouring that rhythm last time I was here too.

As a person I don’t feel too much different to then, but I hope that whatever changes there must be, are – for the most part – improvements. And I hope that this trip offers multiple and varied ways to keep making those types of changes.

6 thoughts on “Time Out in Spartia, Kefalonia

  1. Clare Post author

    Thank you for reading, and for your comment, Chris. It’s always lovely to have your warm vote of support.

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  2. Wendy Bryan

    A beautiful piece that I can completely relate to. Such a special place in nature.

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    1. Clare Post author

      Thank you Wendy. Yes, absolutely – restful, inspiring and nourishing.

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