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Messenia

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26 travelers at this place:

  • Day591

    Left our hotel room amidst howling wind and torrential rain. We discovered later that it was a mini-hurricane that sometimes occur in the eastern Med at this time of year. The water isn't warm enough for a full-on hurricane, but it still gives it a right old go.

    First part of the drive was quite intense, as we headed westwards on tiny roads and mountain passes to Bassae. Here we found the Temple of Apollo Epicurus, dating from 420 BC and looking very similar to the Parthenon. It's in fantastic condition and has been an important sanctuary for years, but due to restoration work it's covered by a huge tent.

    We could go inside the tent, but with the wind and the rain it felt like the tent was going to blow away! Even though it was mounted on foot-thick steel poles embedded in concrete, the whole structure seemed to be shaking. It was far too noisy to film inside, so we just got some clips of the temple, filmed an open and close just outside and then retreated to the car.

    We had it entirely to ourselves again, as this is a very isolated area. We've both been quite surprised at how sparsely populated the Peleponnese area is, though it is admittedly very rugged as well. We pressed onwards to Olympia where we had a large house booked for the night.

    It felt quite odd to have an entire four bedroom house just to ourselves, but hey. It was comfortable enough once an issue with the wifi was rectified. The storm had mostly blown over by the time we arrived, so we could afford to relax a bit now.
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  • Day469

    Olympia

    July 28 in Greece

    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

  • Day472

    Ormos Navarinou

    July 31 in Greece

    OK so a whistle stop catch up, once we returned to the boat we departed the quay and anchored up for the night it meant we got at least a little breeze but swims were restricted as there were large white jellies in the bay. Next day we moved on to Kiparissia, where they were repairing their breakwater and had poured lots of concrete jacks but they looked very like modern day terracotta warriors stood in there rows on the quayside. Here we went alongside just behind a sad steel fishing boat. After a restful but warm afternoon we walked past the warriors and up into town heading for the old fort on the hill we got there but were very sweaty on arrival,views were worth it though and the lovely meal in the town square watching the kids on bikes skates and scooters. The following morning I managed a slow run before we headed off towards Pylos and Ormos Navarinou, a large almost enclosed bay. Apparently my run had taken it out of me coz I had to have a nap on the way down so missed seeing the caves at the entrance to the bay. It was OK though because John decided that the next day we needed to kayak around the island, Nikos Sfaktiria, that creates the bay, with a wadeable channel at the north. Well the book said wadeable I was on my very tippy toes to get across. It was a good trip if hot, we scavenged some more rope for tying around rocks, to keep our long lengths just for the water not wearing out on the rocks, we also found a little yellow rubber duck 🦆. The caves were impressive one of them was long and narrow and I admit I wimped out before I found the end because it was pitch black low roofed and I could hear a weird hissing squeaking noise.😱 There was also a big natural arch that we went through before returning up the inner eastern side of the island stopping to see the memorial for the fallen Greeks from 26 April 1825, and the memorial for the French from the battle of Navarro and the grave of Bonaparte’s nephew next to 2 churches 1was wooden which John loved. All in all it took us 4 1/2 hours we slept well that night.Read more

  • Day474

    Koroni

    August 2 in Greece

    From Navarino, after climbing up to the ruined Palacio kastro fort in the morning before breakfast, we headed south again and around the headland to Methoni a small surprisingly Greek touristy town. Methoni also had a ruined fort with a Turkish tower tight on the headland, we didn’t walk round this feeling we had done enough forts for while. Then today after some more research and emails we are still no closer to figuring out what we will do for the winter or where we will get the boat surveyed. We need to do this to be able to renew the insurance next January. However we have made a plan for the next few days, there are some higher winds sweeping in so we had to plan or risk being stranded without adequate shelter, that said with our luck it will either be early late or not arrive, that’s my preferred option, so we are spending tonight in Koroni. Guess what? Yes it has a ruined fort this one we did go and walk around there are a few houses inside the walks but it is mostly occupied by a monastery for John the Baptist. Tomorrow we head to Kalamata, a real marina, where we hope to be able to find Gluten free bread, if not I will use their electric to bake some. From there to, I think it is called Limeni and the Diros caves then Porto Kaylo and that’s enough of that because as all seafarers know plans are made to be broken, probably by the weather.Read more

  • Day191

    Von Nafplion nach Finikunda

    November 8 in Greece

    Wir entschlossen im Hafen von Nafplion zu übernachten - ein Bummel durch die Stadt wäre auch mal wieder nett. Also schnell ein kleines Abendessen gekocht - wir sitzen am Tisch beim Essen - als ein rotes Bimobil in den Hafen fährt. Es wendet aber schnell wieder und fährt davon. Das waren doch Anne und Bernd! Also schnell zusammen gepackt und hinterher. Beim Supermarkt stehen sie nicht. Dann bleibt nur noch der Strand - und da sind sie. Die zwei haben vielleicht Augen gemacht, die Freude war gross. Am Abend haben wir noch lange bei uns im Käschtli gesessen. Sie fahren jetzt nach Zakinthos, kommen dann aber auch nach Finikunda.Read more

  • Day192

    Finikunda

    November 9 in Greece

    Der Wetterbericht hatte Recht. Die Sonne scheint und wir waren sogar schon im Meer schwimmen. Das Käschtli ist fast fertig geputzt - dann brauchen wir es nicht zu Hause in der Kälte zu machen.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Messinías, Nomos Messinias, Messenien, Messenia, Messènia, Μεσσηνία, Mesenia, Messeenia, מסניה, Messenië, Messinia, Мессения

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