zucchini greek market
November 30, 2011

Glass Half Full

There is a lot written about luxury, yet much of it ignores the luxury of time.

It is a rare destination that allows us as travelers to find the sweet spot between the mindless beach vacation and the action-packed getaway that blows by too quickly, leaving us more tired than when we first left home. One destination that slides into this category for me is Costa Navarino in the southwest Peloponnese in Greece.

A new article, ‘Luxury: Greek Style in Costa Navarino‘ was just published from Luxury Travel Magazine. While I featured all the incredible amenities of the hotel, I also tried to highlight elements of that sweet spot that so many travelers crave — the place between too much and too little.

Here’s a little preview of the article:

One particularly sunny day during my visit to Costa Navarino, I sampled these [Costa Navarino Icons] products over a picnic under the shade of an olive tree. Cracking open a bottle of cold white wine, nibbling on local cheeses and traditional spinach pie, spanakopita, I savored one of life’s greatest luxuries: time. For all there is to do and see and learn in Costa Navarino, this is also a destination that delivers the essence of the Greek way of life, one filled with good company, laughter, and plates and glasses that are always more than half full. 

Check out the full article to find out how Costa Navarino strikes the right balance.

For me, one highlight of this trip was a visit to the nearby Kalamata market. Kalamata is the 2nd largest city in the Peloponnese and one Monday morning I arrived to explore what raw ingredients were responsible for the delicious cuisine I had been devouring during my visit. What I found was fresh and fragrant produce that made me wish I was preparing a meal that very evening. Here are some snapshots from my morning of wandering through the Kalamata market.

Beautiful, bright carrots full of lovely lumps.

A bundle of wild greens, dill, and squash blossoms — the ingredients of a traditional soup.

The market was full of piles of wild greens.

Local lady selling produce.

Zucchini with delicious flowers still attached.

I wanted to bring home samples of everything.

A day at the market in Kalamata.

Readers — what are some of your favorite European markets?

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