1458-1461: Greek Party Time

And James back scribing … I’m on pix

1458: Monastery and Blossom

Saturday 29th February 2020

The crossing from Heraklion to Piraeus was a bit rocky – I was up at 4:30 to shower!!!  We were due at 6:30 but it was actually 7.30 before we set wheels on Greece mainland after 4+ amazing months on Crete…..  We piloted Jez to Louis Ost monastery and stayed the night – beautiful almond and cherry blossoms in full bloom – slept much better than on the ferry. Strange to be wilding not by the sea…

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Our overnight parking at the monastery amongst almond blossom.

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The Osios Loukas Monastery houses now only 5 monks, is set overlooking a valley amongst the almond trees.  And February is when they are all in bloom … lucky us.

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According to the guide book, it was the precursor of that last defiant flourish of Byzantine art that produced the great churches of Mystra (previously visited).

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The mosaics were damaged by a 1659 earthquake, but those that are left are considered very fine.  This is Jesus naked reaching for the cross in a swirling mass of water … the illusion heighten by the curvature of the roof.

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I have an issue with religion, it’s wealth and pomposity …and these clips were part of a display!

1459: Delfi-nitley Not!

Sunday 1st March 

Delfi was the intended destination – but being a national holiday, it was so packed with cars and people, we inched our way through (eventually) – maybe another day.   On to Itea – a pleasant seaside town – a long seafood lunch – nice to have fish for a change.  

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Itea – Morning coffee on our convenient bench.

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The afternoon procession, despite the Government decree cancelling all major gatherings.  Children were all dressed up … mostly as princesses; aren’t they all?

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This was an anti smoking section.

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He blew me a kiss! 

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 And he handed me a glass of red … like these kind of festivities!

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Don’t think these pirates will do much pirating … their car had to be pushed off and abandoned!

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Captain Sparrow?

1460: Not so Clean Monday

Monday 2nd March 

On to another town – Galaxidi – celebrating the start of Lent – we intended to overnight – but like Delfi, cars were queuing to get into town!  Found a parking space perched on a verge – a km from town. K, Oscar and Corry did a recce and phoned me to join them. I had attempted a nap – at a 45 degree angle – not good. In town….. hands up those of our few readers who celebrate Lent by wearing hazmat suits and firing flour bombs at other folk!!!  “Fast food to go!”  K caught a little bomb…..  Because of the crowds, we Jezzed it back to Itea for the overnight – seafood supper again with potato and aubergine salads – “Noshtimo”

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We were surrounded by families kite flying in Itea … well, attempting to. Not sure how many children were allowed to tool the kites!  Later in the afternoon, one landed on our roof.

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 It was rammed … coaches parked on the verge and having dropped off their passengers had a long reverse back up the road.  Fortunately, just as we were leaving, a coach left and we could do a 5 point turn to get out.

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Galaxidi – a pretty old port.

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A walk around the bay to the fisherman’s wife and child – recognising their contribution.

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Not a bad price  I should have bought the job lot just for the masks!

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A feeble attempt to protect the car from …

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 flour bombs!  The air was thick with it.

1461:  thegreygappers.co.uk

Tuesday 3rd March 

Water en route.  Omelette for lunch.

Move to Porto Rafti  David and Karen – Grey Gappers – met in Spain at a manzanilla tasting Nov 2016 and kept in touch.  Both heading into TAGA (Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.  Wine and meal out … only D got what he asked for!  The rest of us got alternative dishes!  Great to have some good company not too far away in TAGA.

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We found a Park4Night free spring water point right in front of a taverna … the owner happily told us to fill our tank with the good water.  And as it was lunchtime, a coffee turned into a lunch omelette  and chips!  No wonder, Ive been gaining weight.

1 thought on “1458-1461: Greek Party Time

  1. Great pictures … love the faces. It all sounds fabulous. We’re in Moissac heading towards the ferry home at the end of the month. Happy onward travels! x x

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