My brother Swee sadly left us for rainy Belfast and I was very sad. Although travelling is amazing and we are seeing so many incredible things, it was really nice to sit back and spend time with people who know us well (Thanks Mum, Mal and Swee). It’s hard to believe we are now halfway through our trip!
Almost as soon as his plane hit the runway we hit the touring trail again. We had planned to go straight to beachside Gythio on the bay between the second and third finger of the Peloponnese , but so many people had mentioned mystical Mystras that we thought we ought to go, as it was on our way here. We weren’t disappointed. Our campsite had a view of the towering castle, nestled in the mountain, as well as the 3 churches and ruins of the incredible city, not to mention the lovely, chilly swimming pool.
Although it was a steep climb to both the lower and upper parts of the city Dot made it admirably without much complaint! The view was one of the most impressive of the trip and the city not as ruined as Olympia or Epidavros. We also ran into a couple who we met on our first campsite in Greece which was really lovely. In the village of Mystras we sat drinking wine/beer and watched the hype of the Sparta half marathon as it started and ended next to us.
Next stop, where we are now based, Gythio. A long, sandy beach, with crystal clear water and the bonus of a cool swimming pool and chill out area. Dot is loving the pool, I am loving the calm sea in the morning and some very toned abs of windsurfers in the windy afternoons!! Again we met old friends from Anemomilos who were able to update Dot on the kittens’ progress, phew they are all good!
Our visit to Diros Caves was a huge highlight of the trip so far. Here is Dot’s account:
When we arrived at the cave we were given life jackets, because we were not walking through the caves we were going by punt. As we climbed into the boat and set off I was nervous cause it was a bit wobbly. We saw things that looked like icicles called Stalactites(from the ceiling) Stalagmites (from the floor) they were so low down we had to duck so that they wouldn’t hit us on the head.
We were on the boat for 25 minutes going through many magical caves, mummy thought it was like a theme park only all real! The water was crystal clear and so smooth we felt like we were hovering. The next section was walking and that was cool ‘cause we touched the Stalactites. Then we went into the museum where I got a bit of a shock, because I saw a real skeleton which was a person who had lived in the caves!
On our journey back to the campsite we stopped at the most beautiful beaches we have seen so far on the trip. Golden sand and, yes you guessed it, clear blue sea. Scoutari beach was recommended to us by a few friends and they were right, amazing!