You know what I’ll be doing this coming April? I’ll be wearing tweed! Why, I hear you ask. Well, there is a good reason, but mostly because I want to look good on my bike! Style and cycling have been a major issue I’ve had to tackle in the past few months, ever since my partner gave me the worst and best gift I’ve ever received: a road bike! Yes, the kind with the annoying horizontal tube that makes it virtually impossible to wear skirts.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about this styling conundrum, until I came across the Spetses Tweed Run, the most fun anyone’s ever had on a bike! This lovely rural ride through the chic streets of the most elegant of the Saronic islands is part of a global network established in London in 2009 that shows no signs of waning.
On a designated day in early spring, visitors and locals alike don their Sunday best and take to the streets with their dolled-up two-wheelers for a glamorous tour of the local landmarks, stopping for tea and a picnic along the way. The connecting link between the London event and the island of Spetses was none other than the Poseidonion Grand Hotel adopting the race to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This stunning landmark was initially erected on a whim by Sotiris Anargyros in 1914, a tobacco tycoon with a penchant for hunting. Spending months on location during turtledove and quail season, he decided it was high time the 20th-century jet-set got a stylish place to rest their tired bones after a good day’s hunt, something in the vein of the Carlton in Cannes or the Negresco in Nice.
With lodging worthy of their aristocratic background, his hunter friends soon starting bringing along their wives and children, sowing the seeds for a brilliant future in hospitality, even if it all started for rather unusual reasons! The Poseidonion continues to stand tall, a gatekeeper of old-world class and modern-day comfort, that has become intricately entwined with the island’s history. And now it was going to be part of mine.
Courtesy Poseidonion Grand Hotel
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