colin on March 7th, 2016

After an easy 1.5 hour drive yesterday, we arrived at Igoumenitsa, in North-West Greece. It’s the main entry/exit point in this part of Greece for ferries to/from Italy and other ports to the north. We left Lefkada early and arrived with plenty of time to spare; the ferry was to leave at 23:59. It arrived […]

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colin on February 27th, 2016

From my first visit to Lefkada, thirty years ago, I remember the sea of yacht masts at the marina. The town hasn’t changed a lot, except perhaps the number of yachts has grown. We did a naughty thing. We started looking at yachts, thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice?”. But we already have a really nice […]

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colin on February 2nd, 2016

We arrived in Lefkada late afternoon after driving up from Patras. Would have been earlier, but striking farmers have been blocking highways in protest against the current austerity measures. So for about 4 hours each day, you get diverted off the motorway, or stopped altogether. It’s wicked, isn’t it. That a man should have to […]

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colin on January 19th, 2016

Last time we were in Athens, we were robbed. We parked the motorhome not far from the Acropolis, and with Sandra still in the motorhome (in the bathroom), the thief simply stepped in and helped himself to my laptop, Sandra’s iPad and several hundred Euros. Of couse I didn’t lock it when I left it […]

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colin on January 2nd, 2016

Santorini is all you imagine it to be. The remains of a volcanic eruption about 3,600 years ago, the island still sits on an active, but sleeping volcano. It’s magnificent. The caldera, which is now filled with water, is about 10km across and 1,000 feet deep. And from sea level the highest cliffs rise above […]

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colin on December 28th, 2015

Matala is a beautiful little beach on the south side of Crete. It became somewhat famous in the sixties because it experienced an “invasion” of hippies who lived in the caves at the north end of the beach. The caves are now fenced off; I can imagine they were something of a health hazard given […]

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colin on December 27th, 2015

What’s with these people? The only ferry to take us to Crete leaves at 3am. How uncivilised! Anyway, we arrived in Iraklion next afternoon, found a quiet spot next to the port police office to spend the night, and settled in. Iraklion’s only a 10 minute drive from the Palace of Knossos, that well-known ancient […]

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colin on December 22nd, 2015

Very ancient and quite pretty. It could really do with a nice collossus standing astride the harbour entrance, but hey, after being conquered and re-conquered so many times, maybe it’s just lucky to be here at all. The main town (Rhodes, like the island name), is dominated by an old castle, an old town full […]

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colin on December 17th, 2015

What a week! We arrived in Marmaris over a week ago expecting to be on the ferry to Rhodes a day or two later. We didn’t quite get it with winter timetables… the next vehicle ferry to Rhodes was on the 17th, nine days later. We thought about going across to Kos from Bodrum, but […]

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colin on December 3rd, 2015

On the way to Cappadoccia, we noted a side-to-side shaking in the van which seemed at its worst in third or fourth gear, under power. We nursed it gently along and stopped at a town on the coast to have it looked at. I took the mechanic for a run (it’s right-hand drive… he might […]

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