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Greece

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  • Day10

    Land ho! Would have been the cry, as we sighted our first port after 8 straight sea days.
    We had arrived in the Greek sea port of Piraeus, which is about 20/30 minutes drive from the capital Athens.
    I have been here a few times and done the Athens tour, so I decided to have a walk around Piraeus itself.
    To be honest, there is not a lot to see in the town, and since the financial collapse of the country it is even more rundown than ever, with homeless people all over the place, and these are not all "immigrants" there are a fair number of Greeks among them, which in my mind makes the situation even sadder.
    On a lighter note, I came across this small building not far from the port which I have seen before, but only from a distance.
    So as the church I was about to visit had a mass in progress, I decided to have a walk over to have a look at it.
    I'm very pleased that I did as it turned out to be a church, but the smallest church I have ever seen.
    It is the size of two large garden sheds, and inside it is stunning and complete with beautiful wall and ceiling frescos.
    I have said many times before that you quite often don't need to travel very far from any port, to find some interesting things.
    In fact most of the time when you arrive in these ports, you tend to ignore the things right outside the gate, and take a bus tour or walk deep in to the town.
    And this little church proved that point to me once again.
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  • Day104

    Wir sind wieder in Europa. 😀

    Wir verbringen hier in Griechenland allerdings nur 5 Stunden. Diese verbringen wir mit der Besichtigung des Palasts von Knossos, danach geht es weiter zum Archäologischen Museum von Iraklion. 😁

    Auf dem Weg durch den Palast haben wir auch einige Pfaue gesehen, die auf dem Gelände leben. Das letzte Foto zeigt übrigens den Berg, auf dem Zeus begraben wurde. ☺

  • Day104

    Nach dem Palast hätten wir noch eine Führung durch das archäologische Museum von Iraklion, ein sehr modernes Museum mit uralten Funden, die vom Skelett über Schmuck, Waffen bis hin zu Töpferei Arbeiten reichen. 😀

    Nachdem wir uns dann im Cafe etwas gestärkt hätten ging es mit dem Bus zurück zum Hafen. ☺

  • Day1

    Der Adler ist um 20 Uhr gelandet ❤ 21:50 Uhr Ortszeit- Ankunft in Kleinasien- alias Dorf. Essen bei Onkel Tasso und Tante Marika. Opa Janni ist derweil sehr gesprächig. Es werden die internationalen Beziehungen in Form von Kamingesprächen geführt- auf Türkisch, deutsch, englisch d etwas griechisch. Beim Abwasch wurde ich bei dem
    Versuch zu helfen fast verprügelt von Tante Marika, sie fühlte sich in ihrer Ehre verletzt als wir helfen wollte.
    00:30 Uhr - ich verabschiede mich von den crew Mitgliedern und fahre mit Pappou nach Hause. #homeSWEEThome❤🌺
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  • Day2

    Nachdem wir gegen halb zehn frühstückten und fast vor Essen platzten....Tante Marika kochte 15 Eier .... für sechs Personen .... wie dem auch sei... jedenfalls machten wir uns dann auf nach Astakos. Auf dem Weg dorthin trafen wir dann noch kurz 279 Verwandte von mir, vor allem bei meinem Onkel Janni mussten wir halten... so bekamen wir einen tiefen Einblick in die so wichtige missionsarbeit griechisch orthodoxer Christen, die der Onkel durch seinen Reifenhandel undercover führte....
    aber danach starteten wir gen Astakos... auf dem Weg hielten wir in Ioannina... "auf den Spuren des Ali Paschas"... weil Yilmazaki es so wollte. Tranken überteuerten kaffee, packten derweil auch unsere loukoumades auf den Tisch und tiropites und tranken Wasser für umsonst. Wir vergaßen die zeit ...wie hätte es auch anders sein können... in den Fängen des Ali Paschas....er hatte uns wie durch Zauberei in kleine koschere Böcklein verwandelt....so wie kocumlar oder so ähnlich... jedenfalls erschrak unser hocam, als er auf die Uhr schaute ... die Zeit war wie im Fluge vergangen ...sowie etwa ca. 8 Jahre. Er entschied, dass die Katze fahren sollte, sie bretterte den gefährlichen Pfad der Egnatia Odos in windeseile hinunter ....ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste....ähnlich wie Hermes ....
    Etliche gefüllte Waffeln mit Schokolade späte kamen sie in das nicht vielumsagte Astakos an....mit letzten Kräften wurden sie dann von einer Gorgona in Empfang genommen, die einem Schuppen ähnlich eines Oinopneumatopoiion schuftete. Man stärkte sich mit Getränken und gefolgt war Dies alles von einem Gastfreundschaftlichen Festmahl der vielumsagten Renate. Wir schlugen uns die Bäuche voll und zur Krönung des Tages ....packte unser hocam seine Torten aus... wie war das nochmal? Völlerei ist eine Totsünde? Kalinichta ❤
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  • Day1

    Vanmorgen om 3.00 opgestaan om om 3.45 pap en mam op te halen en naar vliegveld Weeze te rijden.
    Na het inchecken rustig met zijn allen broodje en kopje koffie gedaan, waarna we naar het vliegtuig zijn gegaan om om 06.30 op te stijgen richting Kreta. Na 3 uurtje vliegen lande we op vliegveld Chania. Daar stond de taxi al klaar om ons naar Corinna Mare te brengen. Daar aangekomen zijn mam en pap naar hun kamer gegaan om even uit te rusten en zijn wij met de rest een rondje gaan wandelen over het strand en hebben we ergens wat gedronken en de kids een hapje gegeten. Daarna met pap en mam aan op het terras bij het zwembad een lichte lunch genoten met een biertje. Daarna klein rondje wandelen met zijn allen, daarna half uurtje rusten en opknappen en om 19,00 lekker eten in het restaurant bij Corinna Mare met uitzicht op zee met de zonsondergang, daarna op tijd naar bed om bij te slapen. Morgen om ca 12.00 arriveren Marjon en Bente die vannacht vanuit Londen komen ivm schoolreisje van Bente.Read more

  • Day4

    In de ochtend rustig aan gedaan omdat we afgesproken hadden om rond 10.00 te ontbijten.
    Daarna nog op het terras bij de zee gezeten. Marjon heeft Bente maandagavond opgehaald in Londen waar ze vanaf vrijdag was ivm een schoolreis en wat sowieso de laatste dag zou zijn. Vanuit Londen vlogen ze naar Ghana waar de taxi klaar zou staan en daarna ons zou oppakken bij het Hotel rond 12.00 uur. Geheel volgens schema stapten wij om 12.00 bij Marjon en Bente in de taxi om door te rijden naar Paleochora. Rond 13.15 kwamen we aan bij de appartementen in de haven, Harbour Studio's.
    Eerst lunchen bij het eethuisje van Thalia, wat naderhand een kennis bleek van Anita en tevens haar favoriete ontbijtplek met mooi uitzicht op de zee met daarin de krokodillenkop.
    Daarna gingen we het dorpje verkennen en eindigde op het zandstrand waar sommige nog in de (te) koude zee gezwommen hebben. Toen we terug liepen naar het appartement zag mam Maria op het terras zitten en sprak haar aan. We vroegen wat de favorieten restaurantjes waren van Anita om savonds te gaan eten. Bij het restaurant waar we terecht kwamen hebben we heerlijk gegeten en gezellig buiten gezeten .
    We hebbben besloten dat we de as van Anita een dag later gingen uitstrooien omdat we dan daarma dan nog 1, 5 dag hier zouden zijn. Daarna snel genoeg gaan slapen.
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  • Day84

    German Version on www.cyclingfornepal.com

    The rainy weather in Albania and Macedonia had been bad on my mood. It was time to enjoy a few sunrays. Greece is known as an autumn domicile and so I went on with my trip to the Greek border with full euphoria. In Macedonia, I had thought about my further route through Greece. My dad suggested that we meet in Antalya, enjoy the sun and spend some relaxing days together. This sounded great and so the approximate direction was fixed, south to Athens.

    On the way to the border to Greece I met Keith from Canada on the roadside. He has been riding a singlespeed bike (only one gear) for several years. He was just assembling a smaller chainring to the crank because several climbs followed. The effort would be too way too much for me, but he probably belongs to a handful of people who are cycletouring like this. After it was raining again, we decided to look for a suitable place to stay. We found an abandoned house on a resting place, exchanged our travel experiences and let the evening end with good food. The next day, our paths separated. I cycled further south to Greece, Keith to the north.

    The following days in Greece were very rainy. At first I was still on gravel roads, but I remained stuck in the mud, so I switched to paved roads. In the evening, I fortunately found in a canopy, under which I could sleep. I just arrived at the new sleeping place, two small dog-puppies ran out of the abandoned side building. There was no trace of the mom.
    Both dogs, who I dubbed Blacky and Whitey, spent the whole night with me. I would have loved to take both with me.

    In the morning the sun finally came out and the landscape became greener and more mountainous. In the late evening I arrived in the small village of Meteora. The name sounds very special and so is the landscape surrounding the small village. Huge ridge towers rising in the air as if they had fallen from the sky. I stayed couple days to go hiking and enjoying the views.

    After three days I set off again. I stopped at the supermarket and to my surprise I met two other cyclists. Ruggero from Italy and Brian from the USA. Both of them met in South America and went cycling together for a month. Meanwhile, Ruggero has been on the bike for two years and is about to end his trip. Both had arranged for a trip to Greece and were also on the road to Athens. We decided to go to Athens together, which was a great pleasure to me. We three were immediately on a wavelength.
    We cycled through lonely mountain roads, fought rain, found shelters in churches, were invited by local people to have breakfast and a Ouzo (which usually amounted to three / four). The people were incredibly friendly and helpful.
    Arriving at the sea, we took a bus to Athens, where we spent two days together and walked through the city. Then our paths separated. Meanwhile, Ruggero has returned to Italy. Brian is now biking in Central Asia.

    My path now led to Turkey. There was the possibility to take either a fly or a ferry. I chose the ferry, which is much more relaxed with the bike. The ferry drove over night to the Greek island of Rhodes. I arrived at noon, but on the same day no ferry left for Turkey. I checked on the mobile phone the size of the island, which is with a length of about 100 km is not too big and decided to circumnavigate the island in two days. The sun burned down and the 32 degrees caused my first defect on the trip. My tires had too much pressure, whereupon the front tube burst. In the parking lot, where I just changed the tube, a couple tried to get their scooter to run. A tube on the engine was torn and my broken tube was quickly misused. A few minutes later the scooter ran again. Apparently, it was no coincidence that this should happen at this parking lot.
    After 220 km in the legs I arrived the next day on time at the port and took the ferry to Turkey.

    Greece was full of surprises and everything came out quite differently than I had planned and expected. These are the moments that make such a trip so special.
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