976- Saturday 3rd February 2018: Adria Stars
As arranged, we arrived in convoy (K in the hire car leading the way) at the Adria dealer – all of 15 minutes along the A8 – at 10:00 am. Their service was fantastic – fixed our front noisy seat, spotted several issues we were unaware of – gave us a can of oil spray for the locks – and all for a whopping – €15!!! They pointed us to a tyre shop for the puncture repair on the hire car – more amazing service – the boss and his young man – boss is a young 72 and fit as a fiddle – the people are just wonderful here… And only EUR10. Little old Lidl next – for essential supplies – wine – to quaff with the Aged Ps when they arrive on Wednesday…..
To Cape Melagathi – out on a spit of land – fresh sea site all around. Minor nanny nap for me. K had a lovely walk down and up to the lighthouse – more ancient remains – little port and temple – great for an overnight. 2:00 am – and the wind was rocking us – again – thoughts of Pylos harbour (at least no salty waves washing over us) – but not quite as strong here. We moved to the shelter of the facilities building and resumed sound sleep.
The huge rusty nail out of he hire car tyre. Tissues for scale.
Ancient Eraion: a massive cistern and harbour. What an amazing place to have lived. Mostly 6BC.
Cape Melagathi Lighthouse.
977- Sunday 4th February: Jobs
Spring is in the air – and so is “Jezspringcleaning”! Walls, ceilings, cupboards, etc. Finished in time for the England v Italy rugby. Did I mention that Ireland beat France by a wonder drop goal from our Jonny Sexton in injury time? No – well consider it truly mentioned, then! England v Ireland on St Patrick’s Day could be the tournament decider…….. And a great Welsh win. What a start to the tournament.
Fellow motorhomer, Karl, dropped by (Aussie) – Mazda Bongo man – we loved our Bongo for 2 years. In conversation, it emerged that he is homophobic – thinks gays folk are unnatural – in this day and age? Definitely not shared by us! Not by way of pay back – but – we informed him that his vehicle must return to UK for MoT – due in the next 2 weeks – not in his plans – tough, Matey. It’s a gay old life……
Water on both sides.
978- Monday 5th February: A BIG Move … Not!
My first run for 18 days! We both ran – just a few km to get back in the groove… Filled with water at the tap behind the building – and a major move – for all of 2 km! To a nearby beach on Lake Vouliagmenis, with gently lapping sea just beside us – restaurant – we booked for early supper at 4:00 pm. Two lovely spots suggested by Pete, who has a Google Map of Greece wild spots … peejays Greece Stopovers
a must for anyone travelling in Greece.
Boyos haircuts – lots of wild cats – better than wild dogs. Surprise – Haken and Helena (from Sweden) motorhomers, arrived. We dined well at the restaurant – with fried fish – leftovers by K for a chowder tomorrow…
Fell asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the shore.
Greek salad, 8 humungous langoustine and a plate of white? fish with wine for EUR33 …. stuffed. Real quality.
Photo of the TV in the restaurant as it was an Oscar brand, but it was not as ancient as the couple running the restaurant. There was a quirky stove with funnel flue in the centre.
Walk around one side of the lake …
979- Tuesday 6th February: Corinth/Isthmia!
Am – we ran – just a few kms…. but good exercise. A local man gave us good advice about house purchasing in Greece – lots of folk moving from owned to rented – legacy of the recession. Jez and Kitty (reg KTI) car to Corinth/Isthisa – manic wild dogs in a bun dance (sorry). So bad that at one point J wielded a stick to keep an aggressive one at bay, whilst K walked on sharpish with Oscar. We’ve not often found the dogs aggressive, other than outside the Acropolis and here. We Facetimed with K’s great aunt Gladys in Eastbourne when Mum and sister Clare visited her – 95 years young….. K Lidl-shopped in Corinth.
The east entrance of the Corinth Canal.
Definitely seeing more spring flowers around. J took a lovely close up of a dandelion, but I told him that I refused to put a pic of it up as it is a weed!
980- Wednesday 7th February: Aged Ps Arrived
The wild dogs put us off running….. moved south to our Airbnb in Anifli, near Nafplio – owner Dimitrios and Maria (daughter) welcomed us hugely – Jez squeezed into the driveway. We unloaded a LOT of STUFF and had a nap. To Athens airport to collect Diane and Grahame – back to HQ for some glasses of vino and chat – until 1:00 am…..