is time when the Pelion villages, unspoilt and pretty as ever, come
out of hiding and become visible. The weather conditions vary depending
on the altitude and the general weather pattern. There are long
periods of beautiful sunlit days with mild temperatures, and there
are rainy and snowy spells of weather. There may be bright sunshine
near the sea and mist at higher elevations at the same time.
Regardless of the weather conditions, though, there are plenty of
activities one can occupy oneself with. During a leisurely stroll
or a hike on the mountain, while skiing or even when looking out
his window the visitor can enjoy views of snow-clad peaks and slopes,
the foaming sea waves in the distance, lush green grass all around,
dense mist clouds rising from ravines and gullies, shiny ivy and
honeysuckle embracing the denuded trees under strong sunshine, holly
trees dressed up for Christmas. On rare occasions one can take in
all of them at once and at the very same moment, depending on the
direction he is facing in.
When an outing is not possible, it is time
to enjoy a drink or two and the company of one's friends and family
while the chestnuts are roasting in the fireplace, read a favourite
book, tell spooky stories to the kids or just huddle under the blankets
in the arms of Morpheus. And when the great globe shining above
Pelion is dimmed and the mist and night are gaining ground, one
may be so lucky as to discern some hamadryads and gnomes getting
ready to retire in the woods for the night.