After 10 hours in a taxi,coach and plane I made it from Belfast to Athens. A frantic wave from a pair of demented lunatics who turned out to be the departing family members and a packet of oregano flavoured crisps later then Al and I were winging our way down on the 2 hour drive to Epidavros, Al regaling me with tugging tales - caravanning stories to you and me!
Sadly one of the woes they had encountered caught up with us as the plastic engine-protection plate under the car came loose and was dragging on the road, a fact we were unaware of until the Greek Audi militia flagged us down! It turned out to be a laborious task requiring several stops to find masking tape as a botch job to get us to the caravan the best we could find was Sellotape!!! But at 1/2 speed we made it back plate still in place.
At Camping Bekas I was greatly appreciative of a swim and a beer after the 12 hour travel marathon (no pun intended) and Al continued my world beer education with some lovely Greek beers cheaper than lemonade!! Fix has been our winner so far in case you're interested.
We quickly moved on, with the Cantlays getting itchy feet having been in the same place for over a week for the first time in 3 months, and on to the Triton II site at Drepano beach after 2 close calls at other disappointing sites. Another beachside pitch, laid back beach bar/restaurant just along the road, beautiful crystal clear blue sea, fish swimming round our feet and a little reef that we all enjoyed snorkelling around. Perfect for my week away!
Our relaxing week's peace has only been broken twice. Firstly for a Greek wedding reception taking place at our neighbouring bar. Two hours later then initially planned the bride arrived by speedboat, racing out of the darkness with fireworks shooting from the boats prow. The ensuing reception carried on until 5 or 6 in the morning, we enjoys some of it!
True to form, Dot had ingratiated herself to the locals by writing a heartfelt message on supplied paper hearts for the bride and groom. So touched by her message the couple showed her message to their parents and grandparents and Dot got huge, kisses and a lovely wedding favour gift.
Our second interruption was the six hours of fantastically dramatic thunder and lightening and torrential rain we had one night. That was'nt part of the script!
We've visited Nafplio, ancient Greek capital. It is a lovely town with three 16th century fortresses protecting it, two from the hills and one in the bay. The largest has 999 steps to climb to get to it. We took the bus! There were more than enough within the fortress when we got there. So many in fact that I thought Mrs C may collapse or pass out in the heat (hangover really) but some truly amazing 360° views from the ramparts. The old town streets were beautiful and overall Nafplio is well worth a visit.
Neighbouring Tolo, on the other hand, would appear to be the local version of Brighton, Blackpool, portrush or magaluf!! But it did have a predominately sandy beach (a rarity here). We've had some fantastic meals, in local restaurants, welcomed by fantastic staff and owners. Yanis and Vicky from the Pelikanos tavern in Drepano will live long in all our memories! Their food as so good Ali was trying to marry me off to their 'homely' daughter!!!
I've had a great week chilling with the Cantlays, soaking up the rays, using bread to soak up the alcohol! And now Belfast beckons me back. Sadly.