border albania greece
After getting the bus at Sarande at about 7am we headed towards Greece...crossed the border relatively simply..as we had read somewhere it could be quite a long process. We got the bus to Petra which is north in the Pelopponese region in Greece. The bus ride though was beautiful revealing some some the simple natural beauties of Greece! Some beautiful mountains and gorges and many orange orchards along the road made the long bus ride really beautiful! We came towards a big new bridge in a place called Rio which would be where we would stop. After a bit of a completely random strange moment ande we reached a campsite in Rio which was a nice place to stop for the night! Greece's weather for November we quite mild and in fact our whole time in Greece it would be hard to beleive that it was going to be winter soon! The next day we got on the bus and headed for Olympia, most well known as the ancient city which was the birth place of the Olympic Games. The town of Olympia is quite small...one main road pretty much dedicated to tourism. Many restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels which in
the summer must be quite busy where all pretty quiet with a few locals around. We headed to a nice campsite and set up for the night. The next day we headed to the archeological site of Olympia with all the old ruins of the ancient city. We were lucky to come on a Sunday as entry was free and we checked out the amazing ruins of this quite big site. The old stadium was quite amazing and standing on the starting line which they used in ancient times was quite cool!
After leaving Olympia quite early we had planned to head down to the south of the Pelopponese as we had head it was quite beautiful! However we found that public transport travel can be quite an all day mission and after being suck on a broken down train for a few hours and taking the bus we stayed in Kalamata after searching for a non existant campsite and then headed towards Gythio the port where we would take the ferry to Crete.
At Gythio we found a really nice campsite abundant with olive and orange trees. There were quite a lot of campers here (which was
gorges before patras
quite rare for many of the campsites we had visited)...taking advantage of the relaxing nature and the beautiful sunshine! We met a cool Kiwi/english couple Robyn and Chris who traded stories and were great company for a few days!
We hopped on the ferry to Crete a few days after and arrived after 7 hours (after initally thinking it might be a 3-4hr crossing!). Crete we had heard is an amazing and beautiful island with great weather! We camped out near the port that night and then headed into town to get a bus to the main city. The bus ride showed us some beautiful parts of the island...but also showed a bit of the concrete coast which has been built up! We found a map...picked a spot where we wanted to base for the next few days! We arrived at night and after a walk though olive groves and greenhouses we reached the coast...and pitched that night on a beautiful cliff overlooking the sea! The next morning we found a cute little beach and walked though the rocks...to what we thought may have been a private beach! We set up under a little shelter which had been left
patras new bridge
by someone else and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and gorgeous water and relaxed with the beach to ourselves. Above the beach we found a small restaurant/tavern and a hotel ...both closed for the winter we assumed! We relaxed to the sounds of the sea on on the shore and the warn rays of the sun during the day and in the evening marvelled at the light on the sea from the almost full moon...quite magical and amazing colours and sounds :) Another day of pretty much almost the same...we then headed towards the town Sitia where we would take the ferry the day after to the island Rhodes. We hithced a good ride to Sitia where the guy told us that all Cretean's carry a gun in their car! they are big drinkers and also that Createan's don't like each other that much!
The next day we took the ferry to Rhodes and enjoyed the view of some amazing beautiful islands we passed by :) We arrived again in the evening and found a guy at the ferry who we got a room from so we could shower and refresh! The next morning we strolled through the old city
patras old fortress
of Rhodes which was quite amazing! almost all the shops...mainly tourist shops...were closed but there were some amazing little streets and buildings! We found that there would not be a ferry to Turkey for a few days...so with strong winds and rain on the horizon we decided to bunker down here till the ferry to Turkey! The rainy day was a great chance to experience the public bath...and to have a good scrub from [:O] en francais
[:)]alors alors alors attention voila la grece!!! pour ceux qui connaissaient la grece d'avant, n'y retournez pas c'est toujours aussi beau mais pourrie par le beton et le tourisme!!! enfin bon ca a du mettre un bon nombre de grec male en cheville avec le tourisme, de mauvaise humeur tout ce beton car ils sont absolument toujours excecrable et meme conards sur les bords!!!! excuse my french!!!!
sinon a par ca le machisme va bien (pauvre nanas) et le traitement comme des chiens des immigres clandestins ce fait sans impunite!!! je rappelle que la grece fait partie de l'europe depuis 1986 quand meme!!! bon la france aussi est pas mal quand elle ce permet de renvoyer des afgans chez eux
da button for the sun :)
meme si a la place de l'eau il y pleut des bombes!!!
Voila c'est dit!!!!!hihihi!!!
C'est beau on s'y est baigne quel lux en fin novembre quand meme hein :)!!! on y a rencontre 2 bonnes ames rosbifs avec un coeur enorme et que des bonnes ondes!!!
Les transport en commun sont super a la ramasse et ca c'est cool!!! vive le train grec yeah!!!!!
On c'est arrete aussi a olympie la cite des jeux olympiques anciens et modernes!!! super hyper excellent!!! les ruines sont incroyable et le stade est 10 fois mioeux que celui de pekin!!! a voir absolument!!! enfin tout eswt une question de gout n'eswt t'il pas [:)]
belle dans le centre, betonee au nord, pas encore au sud mais ca vient!!! enfin bon on c'etait trouve une petite plage pour nous tous seul et camping sauvage, nudisme, couches de soleil!!!
Heraklion= le plus mauvais acceuil que j'ai recu dans le monde!!!
Sitia= free internet et cool reverberes!!!
magnifique ville!!! gens tres tres tres cool!!! interessant mix communaute musulmanes et orthodoxe et juive!!!
pour info: le gouvernement grec interdit
graffiti art at the bus station
au muezzin de faire l'appelle a la priere a voix haute!!! alors que les cloches des eglises ont elles le droit de sonnees!!! incroyable non!!! vive l'europe!!!
A mon avis rhodes assure!!!
voila je demande a la greece d,etre honnete et de quitter le cee ou alors d'arretez de faire vivre les femmes les immigres ou les musulmans sous des regles moyenageuses!!!
cool demain on part pour la turquie [:)]
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