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May 10, 2017 - Mountains and the Mediterranean

We had a wonderful time again yesterday visiting a little town that Rick has spoken of for 30+ years. That's when Rick sailed the Peloponnese and visited Monemvasia. He loved that experience, and that's where we went yesterday. Perhaps it wasn't quite as unique as he recalled but it was lovely. Beautiful scenery, friendly kitty-cats and people. There was lots of walking but steps weren't bad (YEA)!The drive home was a bit challenging but we were back in Nafplio drinking wine by 8:30. Life is good! Jan The trip to Monemvasia was another...

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A Group in Greece

Jul 23, 2013 - Poros to Epidaurus

Up bright and early this morning for another boat ride to the island of Epidaurus. It took about 6 hours as it is a sailboat and we don 't always have wind. The seas were much better today and it was a delightful ride with no sea sickness. I love laying up on the bow in the sun with the salt water spray keeping me cool. Upon aririval, we ate lunch...a typical Greek fare of tomatoes & cucumber salad, something made of eggplant and today cannelloni with the standard dessert of watermelon and honey dew melon. The main entree may vary but e...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Monemvasia

This should be an interesting entry, as I've just finished a fantastic dinner with much to eat and drink, Our hotel put on a big buffet with local wine and a liquor called Mastica, which was very sweet and potent. Everyone was in good spirits after a fun day of exploring the old town and climbing the rock. Monemavia, known as the Gibraltar of Greece, is a large rock island just offshore. It's connected to the mainland by by a bridge. You then have to walk around to the seaward side of the rock to enter the old town, which is like entering...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Nov 10, 2010 - Mani & Monemvasia

We've been in Greece a fortnight now, and most of that time has been spent at the beach in Finikunda. It's so lovely and relaxing there, and the days have turned into those syrupy, languid ones where time just oozes by, where everything smells of sunshine, and where you can't quite believe how much time you can spend just sitting doing not much at all. However, we have managed to drag ourselves away for a bit of an explore of the southern Peleoponnese. Going to get a bit technical here. There are three sticky out bits a sticking out the...

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Jul 24, 2008 - Greece

12 June to 17 July After a quick 40 minute ferry ride from Saranda, Albania we arrived in Corfu, Greece. We walked around a bit and found our way to the bus station near the old town to take us to Pelekas Village where we organised with a woman at a cafe for a room for 3 nights. It was really warm and muggy so it was wonderful to be near the beaches. In the afternoon we walked up to the site of Kaisers Throne which is 252m up and this gave us a great view of all of Corfu. There was a huge thunderstorm with lightning the next morning so...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Hania - Kissamos - Githio - Esparta

Este dia fue larguisimo. Me levante a las 5am para caminar 2 km a la estacion de bus en Hania. Alli tome el bus a Kissamos, a 1 hora, y de alli un taxi al puerto. Espere 1.5 horas para que saliera el ferry al Peloponeso. El ferry duro como 7 horas, y llego a Githio, donde tuve que caminar otro km hasta la estacion de bus. Alli espere un par de horas para finalmente tomar el bus a Esparta, y de alli otro bus al campamento!

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Nov 9, 2006 - Peloponnese, Gythion, Greece

The port town of Gythios in the Peloponnese was a pleasant contrast. We were not expecting much, but we found the harbor area reminded us of the views on Lake Como, except much less busy. . From Gythio we grabbed a bus that took us through the town of Sparta and on to Nafplio which was touted as one of the "prettiest towns" in Greece. It definitely lived up to the reputation, but the bus ride also offered its own thrills. As it services some small villages along the way, the trip took us down a switchback road through the mountains that...

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Jun 7, 2006 - Suicidal Butterflies: driving the Peloponnese

Beautiful tiger-patterned butterflies fly at our windscreen. While there's not much we can do about their suicidal tendencies, we're continually swerving or teasing the car's airbags as we slam on the brakes to avoid gorgeous lime-green lizards that dart out, and the silvery snakes that slither across the road. Along the highway a vintage car heading in the other direction has come to a halt. The driver is frantically flashing its headlights. He's stopped for a turtle taking its time crossing the road in the heat haze. We're sure someone's...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Monemvasia: Beautiful one day, building site the next...

Travelling for leisure is often about the pursuit of the sublime experience: one where the atmosphere and accommodation at a destination perfectly suits your mood, leading to it becoming an unforgettable experience. And, it should be said, an unrepeatable experience. Which is why, when you have a wonderful experience, you should never try to recreate it - the elements will probably never align again. Which brings us to Monemvasia. Our first trip to this magnificent walled Byzantine town, dramatically situated on a rocky outcrop, attached to...

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Nov 18, 2005 - Hell on the half-shell

Artemis must have lost sight of us as we continued north into Arkadia. We had exhausted the northern reaches of Taygetos and the road calmed down to a rolling, hill rounding, meadow traversing pleasure. Just a little north of Leondari we even found a new 4 lane expressway headed south toward Kalamata. For all of 5 kilometers it was heaven to wiz down the road at 140 kph. All good things must end, some sooner than others, but the old Kalamata highway wasn't so bad either. We've lowered our expectations a bit and have decided that the very...

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Nov 18, 2005 - Angels in Pellana

From her perch on a neighboring hilltop, the Panagia at the village church, saw what Artemis was doing to us. She sofened the collision with the wall, minimized the damage to the car (hood buckled just a little, and a fair amount of paint skuffing). But, best of all, She opened a mandorla and tucked us safely inside so as not to attract the wrath of the villagers. No one was in sight. But we needed help. I stepped out of the car and into the mud, noticing then how well large amounts of donky dung had been whipped into it. I scanned the...

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Nov 17, 2005 - Rainy day in Lakonia with Olga and Andreas

Yesterday and today, the sister of the owner of our Xenonas (i.e., Olga) and her husband (i.e., Andreas) have come to make a short stay here. They are upstairs just above us and we can hear footsteps when they are in. Olga and Andreas are here from Athens where they work in television journalism. They explained that Olga writes reviews and that Andreas is managing editor of a news room. In conversations about what they do, it seemed to me that we would describe Olga as more of a writer of editorials and commentary since much of her subject...

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