So there I was, deep in the Mediterranean enjoying the morning sunrise and examining the geology. The #Mentro21 project to surf 21 times this year was going so well a month ago, and then I developed a large abscess under my arm (go to @DimExcuses twitter for the gory detail). A trip to A&E and some emergency surgery under a general aesthetic, I was left with a big hole under my arm that would need weeks of healing, and definitely no surfing (DimSurfing).
So it was rather lucky that we were set for two weeks R&R in Zante, Greece, for our friends Nic and Mark to renew their wedding vows.
Sun, sand and cocktails by the pool was just what the doctor ordered.
We stayed in Kalamaki, right by Zakynthos airport, where the planes land close over the beach. Really close over the beach.
I could watch the in flight movie as this one passed.
Sunrises and planes aside, the reason I was on the beach was because people had been telling me about a glass like rock formation in the bay. I was brought a piece back and identified it as Muscovite Mica. Mica is usually the little reflective bits that but the sparkle in Granite Worktops.
To see it in a large crystal outcrop would be quite interesting for a Geologist like me. Note the water bottle for scale, always a Geologist.
There were some other striking rock formations…
…and also the shear awe that people can be so ignorant to the hazard of this potential rockfall. I saw some people lying under it for shade!
The Zante coast is so very picturesque.
It really does have a bit of an edge on Wales in terms of sun and warm weather, and has a rather awesome sideline in turtle conservation. They fence the nests off like this to protect the hatch-lings.
Great to see nature and tourism developing side by side, the tagline for these pedalos was ‘Rent a Pedalo, see a Turtle’.
A great morning and a good start to the holiday. I have four more posts from Zante, and it is all Greek to me, DimExcuses.