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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 24th 2017

Our day in Nafplio has been far less historic and more focused on helping the local Greek economy. We spent the morning shopping in the little boutique shops and had a wonderful Greek lunch! After lunch, we walked along the cliffs to a beautiful and serene beach. Last night was the deck BBQ on the boat, so Scott and I were both a little sluggish after partying a little too late last night. Yesterday afternoon we left Itea and passed through the Canal of Corinth on our route to Nafplio. The canal is 4 miles in length and 70 feet wide; barely wide enough to get the boat through! It was amazing to see from aboard and there were even some locals standing on a bridge above the canal watching! After passing through the canal we ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese May 24th 2017

Two more Greek locations down with two more to go before our departure back to the states. We have been filled with Greek mythology the last two days, so I am hoping the next two stops will be more relaxing. The last two stops were Katakalon and Itea, each being home to some gems of Greek history. Yesterday we went to Ancient Olympia where we toured the uncovered ruins dating back to the 7th century BC. This was the site of the original Olympic games between the not so friendly city-states of ancient Greece. Our guide did a fantastic job of depicting the times and really bringing the location back to life. It is so amazing to hear how much they accomplished and the complex structures they built so long ago. After the morning tour, everyone ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 16th 2017

Monday 15thMay We drove through Sparta trying to find the road we needed to take us to our next stop just down the coast from Nafplion. Not finding the right road was fortuitous as we did find the statute of King Leonides so John jumped out and took photos. We are driving like Greeks now. The first rule of driving in Greece is that there are no rules. Well there are but as our guide to driving in Greece points out in the first sentence; “Greeks do not always follow the rules of the road”. We have taken to driving half in and half out of the hard shoulder and avoiding pot holes no matter what side of the road that requires us to drive on. We’ve noticed that the Greeks like to put on their ... read more
Views down to the town beach
Proof of how many steps there are to Palamidi fort

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Pylos May 14th 2017

" At various points in our lives,or on a quest , and for reasons that often remain obscure , we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning " Sri Swami Satchindananda. Our holidays are a long time in the making. We start early with the planning to fit in with the time we have which is limited. Whilst I still have mudane work to contend with we have to be meticulous in our planning. We only have a certain amount of time and have to try to pack in as much as we can. We start off with the places that we consider must see and then work through the ones that seem worth a visit. Throw in train times under the tunnel, a visit to Athens and it ... read more
When the boat comes in
The harbour at Pylos
Venetian cannon on the square

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Pylos May 14th 2017

You just cannot help yourself sometmes . Folk smile at you and you just have to smile back. You cannot help but say Kallimeera or kallisteera depending on the time of day to complete strangers when they say good morning or afternoon to you. Everything from driving down narrow impossible roads to silly bike riders with three on a bike leave you with an inane grin on your face. Like a Cheshire Cat we cannot stop grinning. Greece as a country just keeps on giving. After leaving Pylos we drove a few miles along the coast road to the shell filled beach of Navarino. The campsite is sprawling with eight streets running down to the sea. The prime real estate with a beach view has gone already and it looks as if once here folks hunker ... read more
Navarino bay

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Pylos May 14th 2017

From Navarino Bay Suzy climbed her way up a long and winding road. We had not planned to visit Nestas Palace at home but as time was not tight and we were trying to fill it in it seemed a good idea to detour and visit the little visited Myceanean complex. It was out of the way a little but somehow when you have time on your hands it makes sense to use it wisely and see something interesting. We are getting into the habit of rising later but even after eating breakfast , paying our bills we were still on the empty car park in the middle of nowhere at early o'clock. The car park was as always dusty. Suzy is looking dusty too and in need of a good wash, polish and spruce up. ... read more
Under the tin roof
The hearth inside the palace

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Methoni May 13th 2017

Our next destination wasn’t too far away . So where is Suzy parked. She is somewhere known as the Eyes of Venice. The Venetians built their castle here at Koroni in order to survey the shipping lanes between the Adriatic and Crete. What a wonderful shipping lane it was too. The sea crystal clear aquamarine with tiny fishes swimming. The sand pristine. Guarded by a castle it is described as a town with steep streets leading to the castle. Koroni was one of Venices longest held possessions. Important for the production of siege engines. The fortified bluff commands grand views across the Messinian Gulf. It’s streets are stepped and ramped and all lead uphill. They have little changed since the Venetian occupation. The Michelin Guides does no justice to describing what is a pretty town. It ... read more
the town from the beach
The castle gates
Walls and gates

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Methoni May 13th 2017

After one eye of Venice we had to go and see the other one. Sally Sat Nag did her usual car trick of taking us up high roads and down deep valleys. Through tiny Greek villages and high up impossibly narrow roads. We really have to invest in a new sat nag that caters for motorhome proportions. We have had some hairy moments of having to turn round or hold our breath in anticipation we will get through some small spaces. Up to now luck has been with us. The broken window in Suzy has held out too and looks as if the temporary repair will last until we get the old girl home for something more permanent. We have covered over 2000 miles average consumption 25 . 2 miles to the gallon. We were heading ... read more
The sea gate
Looking back from the Bourtzi
The view from our campsite

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 11th 2017

How about a bit of a change? We have done a city - Athens, a few museums, greek temples by the score,a handful of Cyclopean remains , the sea, the sand , the mountains and the monasteries. Let's do Venetian. It is easy travelling in Suzy to be able to do different things. We are not tied down to any one place. So let's go in search of marble pavements, the Lion of St Mark , a looming castle in an elegant small town which was contested between the Turks and the Venetians for years. It has a fair share of history in its medieval streets and holds the distinction of being the first capital of independent liberated Greece. Throw in a swanky marina full of yachts, the Bourtzi, picture perfect castle set in the cobalt ... read more
The Bourtzi
What's in the chocolate box?
The Venetians were here

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia May 11th 2017

Suzy the motorhome has just driven past the aire in Monemvasia, over the causeway and headed up the hill towards the old town where she found a parking spot almost at the top. There were a number of cars already parked up the hill and we thought the place would be heaving however it appeared that most of those cars belonged to the residents who would have found it impossible to park next to their homes due to the low and narrow gateway to the town. This gateway gives no indication of the beauty of the place within the walls. Monumvasia is another hill town fortified and built on two levels. Yes you guessed it - the Lower Town and the Upper Town. It sits on a rock some 1150 feet above sea level and is ... read more
Venetian belltower in Monemvasia
Along the ramparts
tiny lanes

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