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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia July 31st 2017

Today we joined with fourteen other passengers to catch a small bus from the port of Gythion to Monemvasia. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, the island was separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 375 AD. The island is now linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 metres wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. We entered through the lower town gate, learning that the town's name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". We were lucky to have a guide with us to explain the history of this beautiful town as we wandered the ... read more
Monemvasia
On way to Monemvasia
Monemvasia, looking down to the lower town

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese July 25th 2017

I got up today to the bright and beautiful view of the sea and as is the habit, of most of us, checked my phone to see the WhatsApp messages. Akshay had sent one at 0445hrs that said 'do not knock or call as Pradnya hasn't slept much". Actually before going to sleep yesterday, there were 2 dolls in the lower bedroom where Pradnya was going to sleep, and I had teased her about them being haunted and coming to life at 0310hrs, unknowing that it would cost them a sleepless night. After an hour of Swati and me getting up and Swati doing yoga in the picturesque terrace, Pradnya and Akshay came up to the living room cursing me for my prank. Pradnya looked more embarrassed than scared as we all had a good laugh. ... read more
Arriving on Elaphenisos by ferry
Paradise - entry to Symos beach
First view of Symos beach

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese July 24th 2017

Today was going to be special since we had last minute made changes to our plans. According to the original plan we were to visit the Salamina island and stay in a cute Flintstone themed house. However the island didn't have much to do so we decided, just previous night, to check out the countryside of Greece province Peleponesse. The Peloponnese is the stuff of legends. Literally. It is here that Hercules fought the Nemean lion and gods walked the earth, meddling in mortal affairs; it's from here that Paris of Troy eloped with Helen and the Argonauts set sail in search of the Golden Fleece. Celestial and mythological charms aside, this region bears tangible traces of the many civilisations that once called it home, witnessed in its classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities, and Ottoman, Frankish and ... read more
Greek country side
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Stone Church

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
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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
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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
Lunchtime
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




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