Good morning, Arcadia

Good morning, Arcadia, originally uploaded by greek58.

When Basil and I need an escape from Athena, we head across the Corinth Canal to a peaceful little village in the Peloponnese called Piana. It’s the birthplace of my father-in-law and his father, and though I was at first sad to learn we didn’t have our own “horio house” (village house) my sadness immediately disappeared upon checking into the lovely Papanikola Hotel Guesthouse located just below the church at the center of the village.
Each time we return to Piana and to Papanikola I feel like I am coming home, without having to spend my time sweeping and mopping and getting the village house ready for our stay. Instead I arrive to a warm fire in the winter or a cool frappe in the summer, my room is ready and breakfast in the morning whenever I want it.
The guesthouse has a fabulous veranda overlooking forever (many rooms also have balconies with the same view) and this photo of “forever”, the endless mountains of Arcadia and Laconia, was shot from one of those places on a recent visit.
Although this tiny village seems remote, it’s really just 90 minutes from Athens (less if you are a local :-) but feels like a million miles away.