When we come to Karpathos, as I’ve said before, we have an in between sort of experience. Not quite tourists, but not quite locals either. One of the reason’s for that Mr. Mad Cow’s island heritage. Another is our Karpathian house. located steps away from the main harbor in Pigadia.
I should put that our in quotes, because the house doesn’t exactly belong to Mr MC and me. It officially belongs to his father who inherited it from his aunt, who died without child of her own to pass it down to. Her intent was for the house to go to the descendants of her brother, Mr MC’s grandfather, the one who grew up in Othos, and since she passed away, Mr MC and I have done our part to follow her wishes. We’ve come back frequently and made ourselves very comfortable in her former home. And to be perfectly honest, I have become very attached to the place.
First of all, as you can see in the picture above, the house is in an amazing location, steps from the harbor in Pigadia. As if the fact the house is on the island of Karpathos weren’t enough of a wow factor. We stay on the top floor, which has a lovely wraparound deck from which you can see the harbor.
The house itself is rather old but not the oldest on the island. Today, I saw a fantastic traditional Karpathian house in the village Aperi. It dates from 19th century, and it’s in such great condition it could be a museum. However, our house is old enough to have one hell of a ceiling in the living room in our preferred quarters on the top floor.
Don’t be too jealous. I deliberately did not include a picture of the bathroom or the kitchen. Or any other room for that matter.The rest of the house is rather rustic. Not quite camping, but not exactly quaint cabin either. When we come to Karpathos through Rhodes, we often stay in this wonderful little one-star hotel while we wait for our connection. I say wonderful because the hotel is not only cheap, it’s conveniently located 5 minutes away from Diagoras airport. And for an extra 5 euros, you can have air-conditioning. Well, that’s about the standard the amenities are at our house. Minus the air conditioning, which you don’t really need thanks to harbor breezes and the lack of humidity in the summer on the island.
Not that I am complaining, mind you. New furniture would be nice, but the house also needs a new roof. And the windows could use new shutters. So, as the Greeks say, σιγά σιγά. Slowly slowly. In the meantime, the Mad Cow family will keep coming, and I will be very sad when it’s time to pack up and move on to the next destination on our trip.