The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

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Cycling Mani Greece

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It has been an indifferent week during our stay around Kardamyli and Stoupa on the Mani Peninsula. Our stay at Stella’s was soured with her too frequent incursions into our space, and complaints that we were using far too much electricity for heating a very cold apartment. Picture a compliant husband being ordered to stand… Read More

Cycling North Mani Greece

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Sometimes, having access to the internet, can be a double edged sword. We looked at the weather forecast and pre booked our next week based on such predictions. Our first day out of Agios Andreas to Messini, a mere rolling 30km was no problem. Route 82 is not a pleasant road for cyclists, thankfully, we… Read More

The Hills have Arrived!

Setting off this Wednesday morning from Finikounta, we had a few options to reach our day’s destination at Agios Andreas. Any route, from 17km to 21km, meant climbing over a Peloponnese finger. We chose the straightforward 20km route as it avoided unpaved tracks. In hindsight, maybe the 30km ‘main’ road around the peninsula would have… Read More

Cycle Greece Slowly

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Our bicycle tour of the Peloponnese becomes more breathtaking by the day! We are also being blessed with some unseasonal warm weather. From Kyparrisia, we had a short 25kms to Marathopoli and it was mainly flat and quiet on the roads again. The coastal views are stunning. We really fell on our feet at Faros… Read More

Kyparissia Bicycle

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We were castigated by the eccentric lady of the Rex Hotel this morning for not eating enough breakfast! Greek yogurt, honey, salami, cheese, fruit, bread, juice and strong coffee was more than enough. Another beautiful day and we were off to Kyparissia some 30km away. The main road was not so good today. Speeding vehicles… Read More

Theophany and Bikes

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You can’t come to Greece, experience something completely different, and not say “it’s all Greek to me”. Yesterday was such a day. We had been told that it was Theophany, a big and important holiday in the Greek calendar. Not being entirely religious, but certainly spiritual, we were fascinated by this annual ritual. In a… Read More

Postcards

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When we began our cycling adventures, photographs were randomly posted on Facebook. It was ad hoc. Yet as old school travellers, we always found time to pen the British tradition of ‘holiday’ postcards. It was our daughter’s hubby who suggested that this medium should be encouraged. Our Grandchildren were more excited with the postman’s delivery… Read More

Olympia & Katakolo

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We’ve given the bicycles a rest here in Katakolo and joined the winter tourist trail to Olympia. Our Airbnb host at Tsoukalas Rooms to Let has small, yet great value (€22) accommodation overlooking the harbour. It’s not for the faint hearted or disabled, as there are many steps to climb to reach the rooms. Katakolo… Read More

Back on Bicycles Greece

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Happy New Year! After a two week break around Patras we were more than ready for those bicycles. There was a tinge of sadness leaving the city as we had become accustomed to the various coming and goings of the big ferries. Indeed, it was different ‘ringing’ in the new year to the blaring ship’s… Read More