Monday, 20 May 2013

A Traditonal Greek Easter & Lord Byron's Heart

I know what you're saying, "How can you bring Lord Byron's Heart to the Greek Easter Table?" It's quite easy if you're having Greek Orthodox Easter in the countryside not far from the village of Agrinio, which just so happens to be near to Messolonghi where it is said Lord Byron's heart is buried under his monument in the "Garden of the Heroes" (Κηπος Ηρωων). So how did this all come about? My wife and I were up in the air about what we should do for the Easter Holiday and nearly decided to stay at home in Athens till our neighbor friends invited us to spend the Easter holiday with them in the village of Agrinio. It just so happened that they owned a modestly sized farm that was about a 40 minute drive from the center of Agrinio. Although I couldn't really find a strong ancient Greek history tied into Agrinio I did know that it was near Messolonghi where the famous poet Lord Byron died of a fever, and that his heart was buried there. So, that was something I put on my mental list of "Things to Do". Looking at a map Agrinio was only about 30 minutes from Messolonghi, a perfect day trip for me and my son and an excellent opportunity to give my wife a break from the little one.

Just 20 minutes from Agrinio one can whittle away the hot days of summer under a canopy of large maple trees. We sat here for food and a few nice afternoon drinks. Near-by is a playground where the kids can play. Although we saw many non-venomous snakes swimming in the lake we never saw any on land. Local fishermen never mentioned anything about the snakes but claimed fish weighing up to 5 kilos (11 pounds) could be caught in the lake. A fisherman's story? Who knows, but I'd sure like to find out for myself. 
The magical lake of Trichonida where one can sit under the shade of large maple trees and soak in the peaceful serenity of the lake.