Alphabet Photo Challenge: “I” is for ISLA!

It’s a new week and I am joining again Frizztext’s challenge! It’s the letter “I” this time. Because it is summer, let me introduce a summer place in Northern Greece. It is called, “ISLA.” It is the name of a beach bar in 2nd leg, Sithonia, of Halkidiki. Located in the shore or coast of Kalogria, “Isla” is one of the newly discovered places we found this year in Halkidiki.  It is next to Makednos Hotel beach bar.

But first, let me do a vocabulary check of this word.
“Isla”, in Philippine language means “island.” As you might know by now, it is made up of more than 7,000 islands. The price it pays being an archipelago. We took this word from the Spaniards.
Though I discovered today that the internet’s Urban Dictionary website says different meanings that I didn’t know before.
[1] Isla: Noun. A person who is able to make someone else happier than they have ever been ; who makes them smile and laugh and feel happy with their life and who they are ; who can make every moment that they spend together amazing.
[2] Isla: A female Scottish name. The word itself is an aphrodisiac, and women who carry the name are often both extremely beautiful and attractive. Surprisingly as well, a few character traits are consistent with those that have the name ‘Isla’, as if the word itself changes the way they perceive themselves and in turn the way the world perceives them.
[3] Isla: Also related to a place in Scotland.

#1 Urban dictionary definition was the best way to describe the days we spent in “Isla” beach bar. This place is a little paradise. It’s uncommon in Halkidiki to find a beach bar that has it all – good service, clean, helpful staffs, drinks with affordable if not normal prices, and good music. Most of the time there is a problem with the last one – music. Honestly, there is a big problem with some (if not most of them!) bar owners to recognize a suitable summer music in Halkidiki. Summer in Greece means – a time for vacation. The beaches will be flocked with tourists that want to relax. Yes, let me spell it again – R.E.L.A.X. But it seems that alot of djs here don’t know how to choose what’s best for the tourists. From morning ’til night Trance Music, if not Greek Boozookia songs will be played in most places. I can understand if I hear Boozookia in taverns and restaurants, BUT really, in a beach bar in the middle of the heat??? I want to have a vacation – that means partying under the sun, excruciating heat, and skin covered in salt. Does it make sense? Who wants to hear a wailing voice in the middle of the day? Correct me if I am wrong, but my image of Greece as vacation place was to relax, then at night you party. And most of the time, too, they don’t bother checking their sound system. The speakers were horrible. Hello Mr. Dj? Hello staff? Hello owners? Are your ears blocked with too much wax?  It’s amazing to find a place where from the staffs to the owners, people CARE. So if you are looking for a “totally” relaxing day in Halkidiki that requires you to sit on a sunbed, enjoy your ice cold frappe on a warm day while looking at the sea and music that puts you on what-a-holiday-should-be, watching the people play and swim, and you can swim with comfort or have afternoon nap  – I highly recommend ISLA beach bar. 

A Glimpse of Kalogria’s Coast from Isla Beach Bar
All photos were taken @ July 25, 2013}

The rough road we took to get there. We passed through pine trees and viewed the Aegean sea from above.

Just another “white sunbeds.” See the pile of rocks? If you walk farther down, you will find Makednos Hotel beach bar.

Another set of sunbeds not on the sand. 

From where we were relaxing. A view of the grass-made beach huts. I checked, and they were not made of coconut leaves. What was I expecting? Hahaha!

Hanging Pots on a Pine Tree.

Anyone hungry?

Hanging “Blues” on a Pine Tree.

As I watched the seashells danced in the wind;

An Early Evening View. Still bright, but the beach umbrellas have been closed. As people went off to eat dinner. 

Yours Truly.


Until next time,
~ Nessy ~



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