Hello from Patsy4 and Neil in Greece

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  1. Pat4Neil

    Pat4Neil Read Only Funster

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    Hello just arrived in Greece.

    Interesting ferry trip took a while to get on Ferry, because someone drove of the top deck onto the ramp and wrote their car off, they were still in the car as it landed. Fuel everywhere, very hot 38C waiting in the queue.

    Met a lovely dutch couple who we wild camped at Plataira with. Today we have driven to Meteora to see the monastries tomorrow.

    We are staying at Camping Vrachos in Kastraki Kalabaka, big site with different size plots. Swimming pool and free Wifi.

    Having a great time.

    On the way up we stayed at the kayserberg french aire 80 plots as it was full.

    Regards Pat and Neil
     
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    Have Fun Patsy :)
     
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    Impressive.

    But is it as good as Stratford ?

    I mean, who's ever heard of a brilliant Greek author or poet :)
     
  4. Red Sonja

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    Have fun Neil and Pat and I want pictures of you in the little red boat. I'm not jealous really:Angry:

    Sonja
     
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    Hi Pat & Neil,

    It's great to hear that you are that far away with a MH, and enjoying yourselves. Stefado (beef dish) and Afelia (pork dish), as well as Kleftiko (lamb dish), and a rice dish wrapped up in vine leaves (can't remember the name, possibly Dolmades), are all treats to be tried.

    Have a great time. Wish we were there. :Wink:

    All the best,

    Jock & Rita.

     
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    and dont forget that famous greek drink.....no, not Ouzo....


    HEINEKEN.:Rofl1:

    the ONLY european lager we could find:Angry:

    have fun :thumb:
     
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    WHAT !!!!!! Greece, the birthplace of civilisation !!!!!!! try Homer (not Simpson) for a famous Greek author....:Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
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    Damn you to HELL.

    I'd set that up for someone to answer Homer so that I could come back with a Simpson joke.

    Then you spoil it !!!
     
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    more from Greece

    Hello all

    We had a fantastic day at Meteroa around the monastries.

    And a fantastic storm in the evening

    We have now moved on 235 kilometres to Delphi, and are staying at Delphi camping which has really great views of the corinth Gulf Bay. We are catching a little tourist train tomorrow from the site to Delphi to see the ampithetre and museum. The site is good, restaurant only mediocre, but the views make up for it.

    Looks like we are in for another thunderstorm tonight, bit clammy and dark.

    Wifi here a bit patchy.

    Hope all is well with you all.

    Love Pat and Neilx
     
  10. Pat4Neil

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    Visited Delphi today, nice when its finished.

    Seriously though, we got there before the hordes of tourists on coaches, and the place was quite magical, beautiful setting and well worth a visit.

    Camping Delphi is wonderful, the owners and staff are very friendly and we highly recommend it as a base for Delphi.

    The Dutch camping club arrived here in force today, so some of the tranquillity has gone, however still great.

    Going either to Athens or Korinth Canal tomorrow, may leave Athens as its quite hot.

    Regards

    Pat and Neil
     
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    Hi Pat and Neil, sounds like your having FUN. Hope your not going down the Korinth Canal , in that little Red Boat. :Wink: I'm not jealous either. Sorry Pat I cant make the picture any bigger, but thats a ship down there.:BigGrin::BigGrin::Smile:Bob. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Try getting up earlier in the morning !!!!! And get out more !!!...:Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:

    No offence intended...:thumb:
     
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    Hello from a very hot Greece.

    We stayed at a place just outside Nafplio at Karathona Beach wild camp, large area covered with some trees, the sea was great here and we got to use our Kayak everyday.

    On the 3rd night there was a rave going on at one of the bars as the beach and there was a lot of coming and going. A group of youngsters decided to light a fire and have a bit of a party behind our motorhome, we had to move down the road a bit for piece of mind.

    We are now at Plata Beach just south of Leonidido staying in a designated private car park for motorhomes. Staying here for 3 nights. All though behind a bar area it is pretty quiet after 7pm, and the sea is right next to us. We also have all facilities apart from the fact its a cold shower, which is okay after being in the sea.

    35C today, we are based by the beach and keep going in for refreshing dips to cool down.

    Rode up into the mountains yesterday to a lovely village, the roads were very winding but we couldnt stay for something to eat as the Greeks eat late and it would have meant riding back down the winding roads without any barriers in the dark, not my idea of fun.

    Moving to Monemvasia tomorrow.

    Regards Pat and Neil
    Greece 2009
     
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    Thanks for posting the album greece 2009, I get to go all round the world just by looking at all these posts ! :thumb: :Smile:
     
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    Fantastic.
    We have been going to Greece for some years now but never in a motorhome.
    Skiathos is our favourite place but no trip abroad this year.
    Would love to go to Greece in our Autosleeper. Maybe one day we will.
    Hope you have a great summer!
     
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    hi patsy and Neil.

    Your just a couple of lightweights, you chose Greece over the Stratford show where you could of experienced 36 hours of solid rain!!!:BigGrin:

    Hope your having a good time and Ihope your step is fixed, see ou wehn you get back.:thumb:
     
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    some fantastic photo's Pat wish we were there with you.enjoy the rest of your tour.
    my vans packed and ready for france
    :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi all

    We went to Koroni and was going to stay on the port area, however it was very smelly with waste in the water.

    So we decided to go off and explore some of the pathways looking for somewhere to camp for the night. We found a lovely little cove, and decided to set up camp there. It was fairly tight and the access wasnt for all. A man called Christos came down to visit us on his farm trike and give us a big jar of his olives. Our greek not being that good he ended up with a glass of chilled water. He told us that there had been terrible wind there last year and part of the beach disappeared.
    we had a a very quiet night there and was disturbed by a man trying to get their boat in the water at about 3am, I think they could have been local fishermen, they were whispering and very thoughtful.

    Next morning we end up moving on pretty fast has two austrian motorhomers turned up and wanted our space, we were moving on anyway.

    We moved on just down the road to Methoni a beautiful place with a lovely castle and walls. We were going to stay at the port found ourselves a nice plot.

    We bumped into another english couple who we have crossed paths with a couple of times. On chatting to them we decided to get our kayak out and had a few hours of fun with it. They were staying at the local municipal Methoni campsite and talked us into staying there. It was a bit of a dump really, probably the worse facilites we have stayed on, but it was right on the beach. We had another refreshing dip in the sea and Neil and Derek kayaked to the castle/fortress walls of Methoni.

    We then all went out for dinner in Methoni at a lovely restarant on the beach and under the lights of the castle. It was very magical, unfortunately we misplaced our camera that day and it wasnt found till the next day, so we have no great pictures.

    We are now at Gailova, we drove past Pylos the views were spectacular. There was no where to wild camp although it was made for it. There is a great Lagoon down the road that we are going to explore tomorrow. It looks really interesting and its great for birdwatching in the winter when all the birds migrate here.

    We motorcycled to Pylos, but most of it was closed for lunch. We will pop back tomorrow.

    The site we are at is called Erodios which his excellent, toilet facilities, laundry, food prep area all pristine. There also is beach access and they have sunloungers and parasols there and a roped of safe swimming area.
    23 euros per night our dearest site, 10% discount for 3 nights or more. Great for families too. Wifi is 5 euros per 24 hours, or 2 euros for 1 hour.

    Well dinner is ready must go.

    Regards Pat and Neil



    Wendy and John have a great time in France.

    Haganap our new step is absolutely fab, its had a good workout.

    More photos on our website

    Greece 2009
     
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    Yet again brilliant pictures. I loved the one of Neil asleep:Wink: It looks like you have having an absolute fab time. I didnt realise that the Kyak was a two person affair, I would have Neil paddling and I would be sitting back and relaxing:Rofl1:, Any way we are off to Germany on Tuesday so will catch up when we are all back.

    Sonja
     
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    We are now back from Greece, and guess what its hot here, must be following us around.

    We had such a great time in Greece, it is really made for touring with the motorhome and wild camping.

    We really enjoyed our stay at Gialova, it would be a good destination to stay a week or two, but we were running out of time.

    We had to do Olympia and decided to stay at a campsite there called Alphios the owner was a real character, at first I thought a little mad, but we had the opportunity to get to know each other and yes, she was definately mad! (but a great mad). Olympia was very interesting and well worth a visit. We did a musuem before lunch, then booked into the above site and a snooze for a hour or so, then went back and did the main site at 6pm-8pm when it was a little cooler and not so busy.

    We were only going to stay one night as we wanted to go up to the mountain villages on the motorcycle and had highlighted a great 200km route to do.

    But that wasnt to be as Neil decided he needed to see a doctor, so our mad site owner sorted that out for us and we went to the local clinic by taxi. It was a sit and wait job, but only took 20min, however Neil needed Antibiotics and to see a doctor at Hospital.

    So we decided to check out of the site and go to Prygos Hospital with the motorhome etc, we ended parking on a bit of waste ground outside the hospital, not parked very well. Anyhow in the hospital it was total disorganisation and busy, no one seemed to want to acknowledge us, and after about 20 min of waiting we had to be a bit more ascertative. We managed to find a nurse who found us a doctor who could speak english and from there he looked after us. We saw a couple of doctors who thought the best course of action was intravenous antibiotics followed by an hospital stay and maybe in a few days a minor operation,

    Well I was panicking at this point thinking were would I go with the motorhome with the bike on the trailer on the back, facing the wrong was on a very busy road. Neil kept saying he wasnt that bad and didnt need to stay in hospital. We another consultant came down, let just say we call him Mr Butcher with a knife, decided to have a quick look at Neil and with no preparation at all promptly did the proceedure on neil, no local anesithetic either.

    Well I heard Neil scream a few times I can tell you, when I went back around the curtain there was blood and iodine splattered everywhere up the walls on the floors etc.

    They then wanted an x ray of his chest, which was nothing to do with why we were there, so we went round to xray department with drip, and blood all over Neils top and trousers. Not very hygenic to say the least. When we returned to department 1 hours later the bed where Neil had been seen to was still messy and another person in it.

    We asked why he had to have an xray and was it okay, and the doctor just said because he wanted one. Apparently everyone has a chest xray, even the girl after us who had a sprained ankle.

    Well they still try to hospitalise Neil, even though the main consultant said we could go and come back tomorrow. So after a little heavy discussion and the junior doctor throwing a wobbly we left.

    We decided to go back to Olympia as the site was nice and shady and the owner had been helpful, just in case we had to go back in the night. Went back the next day and neils infection was on the mend. They wanted us to come back again for the next couple of days.
    But we were on a deadline to meet some Dutch friends at Killini, so I ended up nursing Neils wound. We could have stayed for a few more weeks as Neils was not really up to doing the long drive home.

    At Killini we stayed at the beach, the sea was lovely and the wind was up so there were some great waves to swim through. Our Dutch friends cooked us a three course meal and we had a very pleasureable few days with them. These are the Dutch people we me on the way out and had spent the first night with in Greece 5 weeks ago.

    Our new sat nav died and we had to leave to Patras for the ferry home, and Ronald decided that he would lead the way and take us to the ferry, even though he was not going that way. I am sure we could have managed but he was insistent.

    It never ceases to amaze us both, on meeting really great people on our travels.

    Well sorry that its folks, our website is up to date. www.Greece.neilandpat.co.uk


    Neil and Pat (depressed) not really!!!!!
     
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