Do I have to leave?
08.06.2010 - 14.06.2010 35 °C
Tues 8/6 Sleep in and a relaxing beach day! Lay out on Perissa’s loungers and drank beers including a couple of freebies which is always nice. Headed into the Beach Bar (the place to be in Perissa) for a few drinks and met some more Americans – I swear they are everywhere but all they keep talking about is how they are the only one in their village/town/city to have a passport. Apparently culture to most at home Americans is the Little India restaurant on the corner or a trip to China town.
Wed 9/6 3pm ferry to Naxos so just spent the morning killing time and relaxing on the beach. A crazy hot day but where better to be than on the edge of one of the worlds most well renowned beaches. Arrived in Naxos and ended up in my own studio apartment unit for 15e for the night. A swim in the most amazing beach at St Georges and saw the sunset. Went for a wander around Naxos town at night and everything: jewellers, clothes stores, souvenir shops, travel agents (that’s about the extent of Naxos shops) all open till near midnight. An amazing place to walk at night and I got a little lost in the mazes of narrow covered streets below pristine white houses that form the town itself.
Thurs 10/6 Spent the morning exploring Naxos. Some ruins, a 10,000 year old grave sight, an old temple, a museum to tell you all about it. This stuff is all over Greece but it doesn’t make each one any less impressive or any less deserving of a visit. Got back on board the ferry Blue Star Naxos and headed back towards Piraeus, the port of Athens for an 11.30pm scheduled arrival.
Fri 11/6 I’m a little sick of carrying my big back pack so I just packed a small day pack with some clothes and other bit pieces for the weekend in the Pelopennees. Caught the bus to Pyrgos and the connection to Olympia about a 5hr trip in a bus apparently full of screaming Greek ladies. Stupidly added an extra hour to my travel time when I didn’t get off at Olympia and got a ‘free’ scenic tour of some of the small town in the back country of extraordinary peninsula. Ended up living large in Olympia and had a hotel room because hostels were scarce if at all. It’s a small town and is not much more than the ruins for which its famous but it is a nice place. Got a good deal on the room though so in the end it worked out pretty good. The Football World Cup has now started and there seems no better or more prudent spot to experience the universal language of sport than at Olympia where such a spirit began so many centuries ago.
Sat 12/6 Scorching hot! But at least it’s a dry heat unlike the stories I have been hearing of Asia. Looked around the ruins and the museums. Had an afternoon siesta along with the rest of the town and then sat down to watch some more football.
Sun 13/6 Being a Sunday the buses were limited and although I planned to go back thru Tripoli and Nafplion it looked impossible. Decided instead to bus back along the main road thru Pyrgos and Patra. Got lucky and ended up with my own personal driver all the way back to Athens on the back load of a long range fare. Raced back at crazy speeds but got to stop whenever I wanted and I had a good chance to see the canal at Korinthos. Cheers Nasos! Relaxed for an afternoon reading Greek Philosophy and then headed out with some others from the hostel for dinner and drinks.
Mon 14/6 Organising. With Tuesday now so close I had to sort out some things. Posted some excess baggage back to the UK and even managed to get my first proper lot of washing done in a while. Spent some time wandering around the shopping streets and Flea market in Athens but ultimately didn’t do a lot today, an event that I think will be rather uncommon in the upcoming weeks!?
Tue 15/6 Well that’s tomorrow (or today as timing would have it) and I start my Contiki tour. 25 days thru Eastern Europe and an adventure that I can’t wait to begin.