Hike the streets of Bubion and you will find many small corners that will afford you photo opportunities, but you will have to cope with the steep streets like that shown in the first photo. But if you keep your eyes open you may see the entrance to this "super"market, smaller than an average door in your home...or a small private garden suddenly appearing. Then again you may come across the old wash area where the women of Bubion would gather to do their laundry before plumbing was installed in private homes. You will also see some more modern homes like the one shown in the last photo, but they still tend to retain a certain air that helps them blend in with the older surroundings.
Here in Bubion you almost feel as if it was built on a stairway...if you live here you have very good legs and lungs. We walked the streets of Bubion and could feel our calf muscles all day. But they have many hidden corners that make it worth the effort. From the whitewashed wall bathed in sunlight, to the scene of tiers of homes, built one upon the other, there is always a constantly changed perspective.
The restaurant is quite small, divided up into two floors, each holding about 5-6 tables and the bar on the ground floor. We choose to sit on the upper floor. Zohara, Carmen, Stacey and I got into a detailed conversation and math fest sitting here on the second floor. The SINGLE waiter here went up and down the stairs to bring each and every thing, be it napkins, plates, glass of water, salt, wine...yes whatever...we began to count the stairs and the number of times this waiter went up, then down, then up, then down...well you get the idea. We finally figured out that each week this waiter climbs Mount Everest !!!!
When I explained to him what we were doing and asked him if our figures were correct we got the best laugh out of him and I think he enjoyed serving us more the rest of the evening...
Favorite Dish: Each person choose from the menu after asking the waiter dozens of questions to explain what was in each dish...Thanks to Carmen and Stacey we were finally able to understand WHAT we were eating ^o^
I choose the Ox Tail dinner, first time for me. It was excellent in taste, but the meat dish itself is not a large meal. If you are a big eater, like me, or especially hungry, I suggest ordering something else. But if you want to explore the local specalities, then this is a definite must.
Sorry that is Stacey "walking" into my photo, Carmen and Zohara tried to control him, but to little effect ^O^
We were just wandering the streets to take in the views, like this one of the lower sections of Bubion.
It seems that the people are very proud of their homes and you can see this reflected in the care they take of them.
The last photo shows an observation point at the lower point of the village. You can see some of the other villages lower down the mountain. From there you can also take the hiking trail down the mountain.
Favorite thing: Some of the architectural details that stood out for me on our Bubion visit were for instance the construction of the ceilings, a series of flat stones laid one over the other on an infrastructure of pine poles. Also the roof as you can see in the photo is sealed on the ends with concrete after being laid over with a coarse gravel on top. The many water channels used to funnel off the rain water are found everywhere often alongside pathways and they also have a nice pathway along the lower edge of the village which seems to be the best place to view the lower valley.