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Kyparissía

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  • Day19

    Day 19 Thessaloniki to Nikiti

    May 30, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Nikiti is as expected Little Moscow and/or Bulgaria so my plan was to walk 6kms to the nicer but less touristed beach of Vourvouras. The plan failed as after a few kms the road went through the seaside village of Kastri which felt like a nuclear bomb had zapped everyone. There were villas, domatia, houses but no sign of any life until a yappy white guard poodle ran round the inside of a fence. Next was a track over the headland which felt like gypsy territory so back to Kastri for a quick swim - water was delightful, then started to stride back until a herd of 100+ goats (many with nasty looking horns) blocked the road out..... nothing to do but wait. Ute came along going my direction which parted them so I snuck through on his wake.
    So had a couple of swims at Nikiti main beach, even buying tzatziki to get use of a beach lounge as the sand was scrappy.
    Had dinner at Marina Hotel where I’m staying - nice grilled octopus, horta and retsina.
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  • Day21

    Day 21 Nikiti

    June 1, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I’m just not into Nikiti - I’ve given it a chance but this is the first time I can recall I am leaving the coast early. 8:30am bus tomorrow morning back for an extra day in Thessaloniki. Feel bad that I will not see Mount Athos but the thought of a whole day with the eastern bloc on a boat is not a good one. I would have done this trip earlier but it only goes on a Sunday and sadly my patience level has steadily declined each day.
    Easy beach day today with nice swimming. Gyros and mythos beer with lemon for lunch, then more swimming.
    Home dinner of ouzo, olives, tomatoes and dolmades.
    Nikiti is both too crowded and too deserted. The main area is noisy and busy but get out of the main area and it feels very uncomfortably empty.
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    Finding Myself

    Looks like a perfect day.

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  • Day469

    Olympia

    July 28, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Well we made it the train arrived and departed the Katakolon station on time and took us via Pyrgos to Ancient Olympia, it was clean and air conditioned. The site is over 4000 years old I believe as along with the archeological finds from the Helladic period they have found prehistoric tombs. The site is between 2rivers and was the site of the sanctuary of Altis prior to becoming the venue for the Olympic Games, there were games prior to 776BC but that was when the contests were reorganised and scheduled for every 10 years. Most of the buildings are from 4th century BC. In the 7th century AD the site which was now nearly ruins was flooded and buried under silt. First excavations were in 1829 with other after, but enough history here are the pictures. The journey back wasn’t as straight forward the train only went to Pyrgos then we had to catch a bus to Katakolon, we are fortunate that most Greeks speak English and are happy to help as the signs were all Greek, to be expected we are in Greece, but no translations so we had no idea where to catch the bus from. We found the stop and bought our tickets, the ride was busy and not as cool as the train but we got back to Take Five so all is well.Read more

  • Day20

    Day 20 Nikiti

    May 31, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Weather was a bit cloudy and the forecast not great so I had breakfast omelette, toast and jam and nasty filter coffee in the hotel. Lucky Friday is market day in Nikiti back up on the main road. It was rather impressive - vege stalls of course (cherries predominated but also strawbs, apricots and hard peaches), wine stalls, ouzo, olive stalls and loads of italian beachy clothes. Photo shows vine leaves to wrap dolmades, ouzo, wine and samphire grass.
    Sat on beach but darkish clouds came across so found “Plaisir” cafe with modern street front but traditional look greek bakery and sweets out the back. Here I had my first nespresso cappucino in Greece with nice sweet and water, being both the best and the cheapest cappo in Greece at 2.30euro.
    After some rain i walked up to old Nikiti which was really peaceful with just a couple of bars - one i probably should have visited.
    Very nice steamed mussels at hotel.
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