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Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 28th 2013

Villas are definitely the way forward. During this mega-intensive year without travel, self-afflicted after choosing to do this super-difficult master’s, I think a few luxuries can be forgiven. This trip was quite a departure from the typical trips described in these blogs of mine. No budget accommodation was involved, no guidebook, no cheap dodgy street-food, no arriving at an airport unsure of what to do next, and no travelling by myself. Fifty years of marriage is quite an achievement and definitely worth celebrating. My mum and dad have managed to drag out this celebration over most of the year and I can’t fault them for that. I sometimes get a month out of my birthday and a golden wedding anniversary is a lot more special and probably something I’ll never celebrate unless I get hitched sharpish. ... read more
Our Villa
Road to Karavados
Myrtos Beach

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia May 2nd 2013

Thursday 2 May 2013. Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece Agostoli is one of the busiest ports in Greece and sits of the west coast of the island of Kefalonia (Cephalonia spelled the Italian way!). The island was severely damaged by German bombing in 1943 during the Second World War, but even more so after a large earthquake in 1953. Most of the buildings on the island collapsed prompting an island-wide rebuild. We breakfasted and disembarked the ship. M went to the tourist office to try (but failed) to post the Venice blogs while D went to hire a car. D returned with the car and we teamed up with a Canadian couple called Louise and Maurice to cut the costs. The four of us set off and headed for the nearest petrol station. It is normal in Greece ... read more
M and D, Louise and Maurice on the Row Boat at Cave of the Nymphs
M and D at a Viewpoint on the East of the Island
Assos Cove

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia » Sami July 10th 2011

Kefalonia was nothing like its island neighbour of Zante (or Chavos as I liked to call it.) The latter was where the youth of Britain woke up at midday, then after enjoying a Full English with HP Sauce, they would clamber aboard the banana boats. Next, after attaining their much-sought after All-Over-Red-Body-Tan, they would spend the evening drinking copious amounts of Mythos before being either arrested or finding a cocktail bar to vomit in. Thankfully though, Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, was a bit more cultured than all that. To be honest, Angela and I never thought we’d do a package holiday again. Everything about them made us shudder, starting with the plane load of British holidaymakers, all eager and excited, armed with sun cream and sun hats. Then to the hell on earth ... read more
Blossoms of Ithaka
Statue in Sami
Melissani Lake

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 8th 2010

Day 63 This morning, Isabelle, Jenn and I had planned to go on a 8am run, but since it was raining I guess Jenn must have slept in and Isabelle and I just did some on-the-spot work outs in the hallway, undercover between our two rooms. I worked up a bit of a sweat because we got out her jump rope, and took a shower. When I finished mine, the cleaning lady just came in and it was perfect timing for her to clean the bathroom, then my bedroom. Just past 9am we headed down to Neil’s who was making us crepes for breakfast. He made us a savoury crepe each, filled with cheese, bacon and tomatoes, and I added ketchup to taste since we have leftover ketchup from last night’s dinner. Then he made 2 ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 7th 2010

Day 62 This morning, since I didn’t get to sleep until about 3am last night, I slept in till just before 12noon. When I got up, I heard scuttling around starting close to 10am, and figured it was just Lisa getting back from Jerry’s. But when I came into the kitchen, turns out it was Isabelle working on her Greek homework units, catching up to my unit, because her Paris trip kinda sidetracked her. So I washed up, and made us lunch; I grilled some frozen chicken nuggets and boiled frozen brussel sprouts we had in the freezer. It was perfect because we have to get rid of our frozen foods by the end of this month anyway! It only took about 15 minutes and we watched some of ‘The OC’. After lunch, we got changed ... read more


Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 6th 2010

Day 61 This morning I got up automatically at 8:40am, got changed and Isabelle and I went out for a run at 9am. Jenn was too tired to come out with us, but we wanted to get out before it got too hot. It was suppose to be close to 27 degrees today and we wanted to enjoy it all! Our run lasted just under an hour with our stretching and workout, because I wanted to get back for 10am for a skype date I was suppose to have. The date never ended up happening, so instead Isabelle and I made a hash for breakfast and ate it while we booked hostels for Athens and Paris. By 12noon, my date still wasn’t online, so we decided to get out and enjoy the sun. It was already ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 4th 2010

Day 59 This morning was the last one for this week of waking up early, so after sleep in on my alarm by 5 mins I pulled myself out of bed and got ready for the day. I made a peanut butter sandwich last night, boiled an egg each for me and Isabelle this morning, packed a carrot and apple, and water for the dig. Just before 7am Isabelle was over, we shared a banana of mine with cereal, yogurt, honey and cinnamon (the usual) for breakfast, then headed down to the bus. We were a FULL group for once and we headed all onto the bus and the dig site. The dig was pretty tiring, but my prof called me over to help our TA with trench elevations for my trench and another’s for about ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 3rd 2010

Day 58 It was really rough waking up this morning since we went to bed late last night. I had a hard time getting out of bed, because today was the first day where I didn’t wake up uncomfortably warm in bed; I haven’t turned on my heater, but spots in the floor are heated and makes our whole place feel summer. So being so at ease in bed was a nice change, but made it even harder to get out of bed. Regardless, I did, changed, then waited for the bathroom and changed. I got my stuff together when Isabelle came in and we had breakfast; we’re eating up the rest of my yogurt before we buy any more, I’ve got the cereal and she supplies the honey and cinnamon. Yesterday we shared one of ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 2nd 2010

Day 57 Today was the first dig day in a while, so I got up at 6:35am, changed, washed up, got lunch together and Isabelle came over to steal some breakfast since she just got back last night. We left just before 7:30 and met the group at the docks. Everyone but one guy showed up and we were almost a complete group (for once)! The dig went smoothly; it was mostly cloudy all day with bits of sun popping in. I wore shorts because my bug bites are still itchy, but it wasn’t the warmest day. We got bits of sunshine and almost hot weather as we dug, but Ada and I were digging deep bulks in a big space so we had a lot of soil to move and got warmed up really fast. ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Kefalonia November 1st 2010

Day 56: The Last Month in Poros This morning I woke up to my alarm at 8:55am, washed up and Jenn came over. We tried calling Lisa up but she was passed out from the sleeping meds she took last night and said to go without her. So the two of us walked to Neil and Gioria’s for breakfast with eggs, kiwi, banana, tomato and cheese in hand. We go there just past 9am and he started cooking right away. We started the morning off with savory cheese, tomato and bacon crepes, then finished our meal off with a banana, nutella and kiwi crepe each. It was delicious and very satisfying. After that Jenn and I helped do the dishes, then walked back to our place to rest for an hour before we went out for ... read more

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