Posts From Greece

The border and Green Card (Volvi Lake, Greece)

Journal entry for Sunday 29th Dec, 2013 (day 270, miles 18,515)

The last 40km of Turkish road way leading to the Greek border was the worst road surface we have experienced in Turkey, I don't know if there is any significance to that observation or not but there you are. The border crossing was surprisingly simple particularly given what we had read and heard about Greece being the front line of Europe's efforts to control illegal immigration. to read the full post

The Tumulus and Phillip II's Tomb (Vergina, Greece)

Journal entry for Monday 30th Dec, 2013 (day 271, miles 18,587)

This morning we needed to find fuel and money so we used our trusty OSM map to pick a group of banks in the city of Thessoliniki and headed that way. Unfortunately the road system defeated us and we passed by our targeted banks on a limited access road with no way to get to our targets. A further check of the map identified a Shell station at the entrance to a small town called Chalastra so that was our next hope, and indeed it worked. Diesel for 1.355 Euro per liter (about $6.80/gallon). Also the owner would accept credit cards, spoke English and has a brother that lives in Canberra. We suspect we will meet a lot of people in Greece with relatives in Australia. to read the full post

Some Greek country roads (Near Delhpi, Greece)

Journal entry for Tuesday 31st Dec, 2013 (day 272, miles 17)

We departed our parking lot this morning in the rain and for a while continued south on the motorway paying tolls at regular intervals. But eventually our route and inclination took us onto some country roads and through rolling farm land. All in all an unremarkable day. to read the full post

Delphi was closed (Delphi, Greece)

Journal entry for Wednesday 1st Jan, 2014 (day 273, miles 18)

As we drove those 40 km to Delphi this morning the road became increasingly narrow and twisting as we climbed into the mountains and had us wondering whether we would in fact be able to enter the town and get to the archaeological site and museum for which the town is now famous. With that concern in mind we parked right at the entrance to the town's main street and went exploring on foot. As it turned out modern Delphi's main street is actually two streets, one in each direction. They are both quite narrow and made even more so by the habit of locals and visitors parking down each side of the street. But never the less it seemed likely we could get through; if tour buses can do it so can we. So after a tense 10 mintes passing by parked cars with literally inches to spare on each side we were on the other side of the town and parked in front of the Archaeological Museum. There, together with a smattering of other tourists we discovered that the museum was closed (it was after all New Years day). to read the full post

Delphi this time open and sunny (Athens, Greece)

Journal entry for Thursday 2nd Jan, 2014 (day 274, miles 18)

This morning the sun was out making a perfect morning for our visit to the ruins of ancient Delphi. There were only a handful of other tourists around as we climbed up through the ruins admiring the various buidings and other artifacts. Despite being a tourists mecca, and a bit of a cliche, the place was really quite impressive. Many of the more delicate statues recovered from the ancient site are now housed in the nearby museum and after our visit to the ruins we spent some time there admiring the masterful statuary (both stone and bronze). One could not help but wonder how much of our civilization will be visible in 3000 years. to read the full post

Some chores in Athens (Athens, Greece)

Journal entry for Friday 3rd Jan, 2014 (day 275, miles 18)

This morning we caught a bus and the metro into Athens (actually the Syntagma Square area). Transport proved to be very easy and incredibly cheap. 1.4 Euro allows one to travel on any combination of bus and metro for 1.5 hours. We had three chores on our list. to read the full post

A day in camp (Athens, Greece)

Journal entry for Saturday 4th Jan, 2014 (day 276, miles 18)

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The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

Journal entry for Sunday 5th Jan, 2014 (day 277, miles 18)

This morning we visited Athens star attraction, the Acropolis. Our first sighting of this famous place was from the street just after getting off the metro and I must say that first glimpse was a surprise, I had not expected it to seem so big. Those outer walls seem enormous from below. to read the full post

Ferry to Santorini (Athens, Greece)

Journal entry for Monday 6th Jan, 2014 (day 278, miles 18)

This morning we were awake at 4:45am in order to get to and catch our 7:30 ferry to the Greek Island of Santorini. The ferry ride took all day as the vessel made stops at a number of Islands as well as Santorini. The journey was uneventful, though a bit boring. But fortunately the sea was calm even though the weather was overcast. to read the full post

Santorini (Oia - Santorini, Greece, Greece)

Journal entry for Tuesday 7th Jan, 2014 (day 279, miles 18)

Santorini Island is visually quite an interesting place. It is the rim of a volcano, the land is long and thin and curves around the crater or caldera. It stands up from the water perhaps 700 ft and thus the first view of the island from the ferry are massive volcanic, multi-colored, cliffs. Much of the habitation is right on the top of the crater rim and the buildings are almost exclusively white with blue trim. So in addition the spectacular cliffs are topped with regions of white that look from a distance like some form of white growth, or snow, covering the cliff top. to read the full post

Santorini - II (Oia - Santorini, Greece, Greece)

Journal entry for Wednesday 8th Jan, 2014 (day 279, miles 18)

We spent part of the day with more sightseeing, and walking through the narrow streets of some of the towns. After that we packed and rested up a bit in anticipation of our all night ferry ride back to Athens. to read the full post

Peloponnese (Xiropigado, Greece)

Journal entry for Friday 10th Jan, 2014 (day 281, miles 19,024)

We spent yesterday recovering from our overnight ferry ride and doing a bit of "getting underway" preparation so that this morning we could depart our friendly camp ground for the next stage of our Tour of Greece. Navigating was easy as we traveled out of Athens towards Corinth and the Island of Peloponnese. to read the full post

A glorious day (Monemvasia, Greece)

Journal entry for Saturday 11th Jan, 2014 (day 282, miles 19)

Today was a glorious day, warm (60°F), sunny and with the bright blue Mediterranean and many picturesque villages to admire. We spent the morning simply enjoying the coastal scenery. to read the full post

Diros Caves (Lobkadika, Greece)

Journal entry for Sunday 12th Jan, 2014 (day 283, miles 19,218)

We lazed around Monemvasia this morning enjoying the sun and doing a little exploring of the nearby village. But eventually it was time to get going so we continued our adventures on mountain roads and narrow village streets towards the west coast of Peloponnese to Areopoli and then a little south to the Dimos Caves. to read the full post

A cute village (Near Sparti, Greece)

Journal entry for Monday 13th Jan, 2014 (day 284, miles 19,318)

A prompter start this morning as the weather was not so inviting and we had more on our agenda today. First off we crossed back over to the west coast of Peloponnese, past Areopoli again and then north along the coast to the little village of Kardamyli. Nina had read/heard about this place from one of Rick Steve's tapes/books/shows. The people of the village apparently have worked hard to prevent over development. So after a lot more narrow roads and even narrower villages we arrived at Kardamyli. to read the full post

New friends and expedition trucks (Near Olympia, Greece)

Journal entry for Tuesday 14th Jan, 2014 (day 285, miles 19,477)

This morning we continued east towards the town of Nafplio. Now anyone following our antics on Peloponnese will have noticed that this route takes us back almost to the start of our Peloponnese journey so the natural question is why? to read the full post

The Ancient Olympics and drugs in sport (Near Patra, Greece)

Journal entry for Wednesday 15th Jan, 2014 (day 286, miles 19,568)

You can guess the nature of the first part of todays travel - yet more narrow mountains roads and very narrow villages. I think we can safely say that Peloponnese roads are perhaps the most challenging we have driven on this trip. While the road surface is good and we therefore dont have the shakes and bumps of Tajikistan or Mongolia the narrow village streets with their balconies intruding into the road space (at least for a vehicle our height) have been very demanding. to read the full post

The ferry and watch out for Pakistanis (Ferry To Ancona, Greece)

Journal entry for Thursday 16th Jan, 2014 (day 287, miles 19,598)

This morning we were not in a rush as Patra was only 50 km away and we did not have to be there until around 3:00pm. This could have made for a relxing morning but it didnt, we decided to do some cleaning of the inside of our mobile house. to read the full post