Anthony Jenkins

TravellingJenks

Anthony Jenkins

An occasional traveller who enjoys recording the sights and experiences of his journey and sharing them with his family and friends.



Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Corinth June 15th 2019

There's only one panoramic photo at the start of the blog but there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Thursday 13th June: a big drive for a short rail journey? Strange as it seems that's what we planned to do as there's a railway from Diakofto on the Gulf of Corinth to a ski resort called Kalavryta up in the mountains behind Diakofto. Also, we both fancied taking a look at the Corinth Canal which cuts across the narrow isthmus that connects the Peloponnese with the rest of mainland Greece; which was just off the fast route to Diakofto. So we set off quite ... read more
Heading north towards Corinth
Corinth Canal
Corinth Canal

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia June 12th 2019

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime.. Sunday 9th June: a quiet day after the hill climbing and heat at Epidaurus and Mycenae followed by the journey back to Kalamata. We drove down the eastern side of Kalamata Bay (or Gulf of Messinia to give it it's proper title) to a pretty little village called Kardamyli which is known for its very attractive and historic Venetian era houses; which make a nice change from the ... read more
Main St Kardamymli
Kardamyli
Monemvasia

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Epidaurus June 9th 2019

Only one panoramic photo this time so don't wait for it to change. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Friday 7 June: the first big expedition, to the Northern Peloponnese to look at the great theatre at Epidaurus and Mycenae, home of Agamemnon of Iliad fame. Initially the drive was easy as we zoomed north 120kms / 75 miles up the brand new motorway from Kalamata to the turn-off for Epidaurus. The motorway had slightly more traffic than on our previous experience, coming back from Sparti, but it was still quite normal to see for 1 or 2 miles ahead completely traffic ... read more
Theatre at Epidaurus
A thesp's view of the audience, up there in the VIP seats
The VIP audience up in Row 35

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Sparta June 7th 2019

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Wednesday 5th June. We headed directly west from Kalamata to the coast to look at Nestor's Palace; a 3,500 year old site said to be the residence of King Nestor who was mentioned by Homer in his tale of the siege of Troy. We stopped for coffee at the village of Gialova on the shore of Navarino Bay; which itself is hugely impressive; almost 4 miles long and ... read more
Nestor's Palace
Nestor's Palace
Nestor's Palace

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Kalamata June 4th 2019

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 2 June: after a very early (7.30am) and surprisingly comfortable flight from Birmingham we arrived in Kalamata at 1pm local time. It's a small terminal at Kalamata Airport and they were handling just one plane at a time. So we breezed through Immigration and Customs and, as the Hertz desk was next to the exit from Customs, we were on our way quickly and efficiently. Our hotel ... read more
Nice view to wake up to
Hotel and mountain
Kalamata Bay from the beachside road

Europe October 6th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Monday 1st October to Saturday 6 October: Not a lot to report for the week as the weather stayed mostly overcast which limited our ability to enjoy the scenery and beaches. On Monday it was very windy and the surf was up in Plakias Bay, so that put paid to any notions of lazing around on the beach. Besides Jane was still feeling queasy after the dodgy meal ... read more
This windsurfer was sailing at approx 25mph
Plakias Bay in calmer weather but still cloudy and cool
Plakias Bay on our last day

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias October 1st 2018

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Thursday 27th September Not much to report nor even display as the weather was not very good. There was intermittent rain throughout the day and we got caught in a couple of light showers when we went for a walk in Plakias town. We had a light lunch of vegetable soup which one member of our team did not rate very highly on account of lack of taste; although I thought it was ok. The view from the restaurant was also ... read more
Plakias to Agios Pavlos
Sleeping Dragon at Agios Pavlos
Agios Pavlos Hotel logo

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias September 26th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 25th September: As the weather forecast for the rest of the week was not looking good, high winds and rain, we decided to make the most of the good weather and go for a walk to the church of Timios Stavros at the top of the mountain overlooking Damnoni Beach. Since our last visit in May the track leading to the start point of the walk, halfway ... read more
First select a mountain
Start climbing
Get to the top, and the church of Timios Stavros

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias September 24th 2018

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 23 September Things went very smoothly on the way to Bristol Airport, no delays or diversions, but when we called the Park&Go meet and greet service there was no answer. Several more calls and still no response, also no sign of a representative at the Express Drop-off where we were supposed to hand over the car. Fortunately the very helpful lady on duty at the Airport Information Desk saved the day. She took the details of our meet and greet ... read more
Plakias Bay
Damnoni Beach
Amoudi Beach on the right and Damnoni in the centre background

Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos May 13th 2018

Reminder: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Friday 11th May: a rather overcast day so we didn’t want to head directly to the beaches and instead went to one of our favourite places near Kissamos; the ancient site of Polyrinnia. It’s only 7 kms out of town and, even better, if one follows the road sign in the centre of Kissamos Polyrinnia is at the end of the road: no satnav required. Sadly, the cafe at the archaeological site wasn’t open so after we had climbed up to the acropolis and back we had to go elsewhere for lunch. We drove ... read more
Polyrinnia
Polyrinnia  view south to Siri Kari Gorge
Polyrinnia view north to Kissamos




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