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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese January 28th 2020

There is a shipwreck on the beach just before Gythion. We stopped off just to admire it in the distance and then came back another day for a walk on the beach and to see it up close. It's on a long, sandy beach and there were people camping. No facilities but looked like a very nice place to spend a few days. On both sides of Gythion there are long sand beaches where turtles lay their eggs in season. We visited Mystra, a former Byzantine capital, with many ruins of churches and palaces, some have been restored. It is built over 2 levels on a steep hill and we spent hours walking up and down the lower level. By the time we drove up to the upper level, we were tired out, anyway the castle ... read more
Sunrise at Gythion
Gythion
Streets of Gythion

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese January 27th 2020

Not our first trip, and not our last. Greece the country that just keeps giving. Every time we go we visit another area and we are never disappointed. As we enjoy slow travel we don't try and see everything and we mostly pick just one area or one city but we never have enough time and there is always at least one place that we would like to stay longer in but can't and other places that we never reach at all. Lucky with the weather again at the end of October, actually a bit too hot for me, this time we visited the Peloponnese. We started in Athens and drove via the Corinth Canal to Nafplio. As it is only 2 hours from Athens, it is a popular tourist destination all year round. The historic ... read more
Athens windows
Classic Athens
Plaka

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Epidaurus July 26th 2019

Hi Folks, No I'm not on my bike! Karen and I are taking a cruise on the Windstar lines through the Greek Isles. I've had a few people ask if I would consider blogging on this trip even though, it isn't one of my bike trips. Some of the readers were interested in both the cruise aspect of the trip as well as, how well we liked the Greek Isles and Dubrovnik, Croatia. These blogs will focus on information and education regarding our cruise and what to expect or look out for, rather than the spontaneity of my bike blogs. Info piece #1 BOOK EARLY. Karen and I have only been on one cruise before (River cruise on the Danube between Germany and Hungary), which for the cruise ship enthusiasts out there- doesn't even qualify as ... read more
The picture of the trip - lunch shot of a Blue Dommed Church in Oia on the island of Santorini
The Parthenon in Athens
The iron Throne from G.O.T. on the island across the bay from our hotel

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 » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia April 29th 2019

It was a long day of driving as we went from Nafplio to the Mani Peninsula via Olympia, so at least the stunning scenery we saw on the Mani coast made the long drive seem worthwhile. Spending six hours in a car with your sister who you haven't seen for a while also presents an amazing opportunity to make up for lost time. It was great to hang out with Fern for an extended period of time, having only caught up with her infrequently and fleetingly ever since I left New Zealand twelve years ago. We still laugh at the same jokes and the same things, but I also found it interesting to discover how we have also both changed and grown over the last twelve years. We finally got to our final destination for the ... read more
Lording Over Monemvasia
The Church Of Agia Sophia
Paint A Picture

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese April 26th 2019

When I was growing up, my sister owned a world atlas that displayed places of interest around the world. I'd always had a predilection for maps and seeing all these famous names on this one was a source of dreamy inspiration, triggering a wanderlust that remains to this day. Growing up in New Zealand, everything seemed so far away, so the thought of visiting all of these places one day aroused a sense of wonderment when I was a young teenager. Well, you could definitely say that that atlas was one of the inspirations behind by travels and it would in fact, go on to inform most of the travel plans that I eventually made. On the map of Greece, I was drawn to the Peleponnese, a massive chunk of a peninsula that makes up the ... read more
Epidavros Amphitheatre
Streets Of Nafplio #1
Sunset Over Nafplio




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