Mousy mooches around Greece..

mikebeaches

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Well we’ve been experiencing huge storms, thunder lightning and even hail!

We’ve managed to get out when the sun does shine through and have enjoyed Matera and Alberobello

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We then found this absolutely cracking free stop in Pilone. This was our view for 2 nights. One of our best stops ever... View attachment 303828

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We are now on the ferry from Bari to Patras. Hoping for 3 months of sunshine..but not too hot lol
Loving the pics of the trulli in Alborabello! Have been lucky enough to holiday twice in some a couple of miles out of town.

Hope the weather perks up a bit soon and that you have a great time in Greece. Enjoy.(y)
 
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Thanks @mikebeaches, they were lovely. We met an English couple who bought and renovated one, they come 8 times a year. They said it’s a valley with 7 villages in, the most touristy being Alborabello. Apparently there is a lovely festival in November when all the houses are lit up outside and everyone displays their home made crafts.
 

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Hope the sea voyage is good and that you get a decent night’s sleep. Hope Millie copes ok! Do they have a dog walking area ....?

Have a wonderful time in Greece. Kalinikta xx
 
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We’ve arrived in Greece... our camping on deck experience was not quite as I had imagined. I had visions of a big open deck flooded with sunshine, everyone sat outside their vans enjoying a drink and chatting, maybe a handsome Greek slowly strumming away on his guitar.
The laughter and delight as we watched dolphins breaching the waves on our bow. Being lulled to sleep by the swishing of water along the hull...

Instead we were so crammed in next to huge artics that it was a struggle to open the door. The van sat under a roof with flood lights permanently on. The noise of the boat engines only just drowning out the hum from the refrigerated lorries and loud tannoy announcements in Greek, Italian, French and English!

We both did our contortions to get out of the van to walk the dog only to become lost in the tight maze of vehicles! 17 hours and £440 (return) later and we arrived. Millie had refused to wee at all on board so first stop was a bit of scrub land by the port... but the sun was shining, guys were riding motorcycles with no helmets, there had been no passport control and everyone was happy to overtake on double lines...what a wonderfully laid back happy place.

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We drove just down the coast to Ionio Blue beach bar. Cc no 62400

Don’t ask the name of the place it’s all Greek to us! We have no way of pronouncing, reading or working out where the hell we are!

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But it has a lovely long dog friendly beach.

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A park anywhere you like for free attitude with an owner who greeted Martin like a long lost brother and gave him a welcome coffee.

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We soon made ourselves at home and laid in the sun listening to the waves crashing on the nearby beach, loads of twittering birds and the occasional heavy thrum of big fat bees.

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In honour of our first Greek trip in 30 years a homemade feta salad.

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We sat on the beach watching the sun dip down over the horizon and realised just how lovely motorhoming is and how lucky we are.
Efcharisto (efferisto means thankyou...we think!).
 

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Here are our trip details and costs.

Viamare Ltd.
London.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8206 3420
ferries@viamare.com
www.viamare.com
DATE: 31/01/2019
CLIENTS NAME: Martin Coutts

We can offer subject to space at the time of booking as follows:

Operator: Anek Superfast
Depart Bari on 15/05/19 at 19:30 – arrive Patras on 16/05/19 at 13:00

Depart Patras on 05/08/19 at 18:00 – arrive Bari on 06/08/19 at 09:30

Camping On Board
2 adults in deck
1 camper(7.3m) on the open deck
1 dog
Total Fare = € 476.40
Special fare: early booking discount applied. Only valid if you book your tickets until the 28/02/19. Valid for one way or round trip travel until 31/12/19.
Tickets are non-refundable, dates of tickets can be changed or altered to open tickets but you will lose the early booking discount on the altered leg(s) of the trip; the resulting price difference must be paid when the new ticket is booked. Limited availability.
 
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Many kind thanks for this. Very helpful. I'm leaning towards Brindisi as my jumping off point from Italy to Igoumenitsa as my initial findings suggest it may well be more cost effective. I'll look at my options again before I book.
 

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Here are our trip details and costs.

Viamare Ltd.
London.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8206 3420
ferries@viamare.com
www.viamare.com
When we went we used Viamare we did Miloan Lines Ancona to Patras. Can't speak highly enough of Viamare, gave us quotes on all the different routes and ferry companies we were interested in. They made sure we got every discount going, early booking discount, old fogies discount, told us to join Miloan club (free) for another 10% off. Super company to deal with.
 

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Efharisto = thank you
Efharisto poli = thank you very much (I learned that saying Polly after Efharisto was very much appreciated)
Parakalo = please / your welcome
signomee = excuse me (used to get a waiter's attention)
Tow laryesmo parakalo = the bill please -
Yasoo = hello
Adio = goodbye
YAMAS = CHEERS!!!

obviously these are all phonetic spellings!

You've shattered my dreams of the Greek ferry! :(

Your first stop looks lush. Enjoy. xx
 
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We're setting off next week taking the "camping on board" option in early June with ANEK ferries Ancona - Patras
Best prices and discount I found this year is by booking direct through ANEK using the their Smart Bonus Program.

https://www.anek.gr/en/

Pete
 
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We're setting off next week taking the "camping on board" option in early June with ANEK ferries Ancona - Patras
Best prices and discount I found this year is by booking direct through ANEK using the their Smart Bonus Program.

https://www.anek.gr/en/

Pete
Hi Pete, do you mind me asking how much that return trip is? Happy sailing.
 
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We rode the pushbikes through the dusty lanes into the nearest village this morning. The smell of jasmine and honeysuckle floated on the warm breeze.
We were greeted at every property by the barking of a scabby dog, usually chained up but each telling us with certainty to stay away. Every bark answered by the next dog on the lane, a doggy chorus accompanied our ride.

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It’s just as well they were there or I’d have been tempted to scrump some of the produce being grown in the fields. Lovely ripe red tomatoes, acres of melons, potatoes and spring onions.
We ducked under lemon trees heavy with fruit, just waiting for Gin and tonic.

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And of course Olive trees everywhere.

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We found this guy chained up outside the pharmacy...no idea what he’s advertising but I don’t want it...
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Martin however, wanted cake...I’m resisting so of course he had 2..greedy guts..

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After buying some local tomatoes, feta cheese and herbs we headed back for an afternoon on the beach, fantastic that Millie could join us only 50 yards from our van with free sunbeds and umbrellas..

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We have no desire to move from this free stop anytime soon.
 
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Efharisto = thank you
Efharisto poli = thank you very much (I learned that saying Polly after Efharisto was very much appreciated)
Parakalo = please / your welcome
signomee = excuse me (used to get a waiter's attention)
Tow laryesmo parakalo = the bill please -
Yasoo = hello
Adio = goodbye
YAMAS = CHEERS!!!

obviously these are all phonetic spellings!

You've shattered my dreams of the Greek ferry! :(

Your first stop looks lush. Enjoy. xx
I didn't know you spoke Greek Geraldine. Very impressive.
@Mousy I see you are not far from Pyrgos a nice town and Olympia, well worth a visit.
Very jealous. I love Greece.
 
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Efharisto = thank you
Efharisto poli = thank you very much (I learned that saying Polly after Efharisto was very much appreciated)
Parakalo = please / your welcome
signomee = excuse me (used to get a waiter's attention)
Tow laryesmo parakalo = the bill please -
Yasoo = hello
Adio = goodbye
YAMAS = CHEERS!!!

obviously these are all phonetic spellings!

You've shattered my dreams of the Greek ferry! :(

Your first stop looks lush. Enjoy. xx
yassoo is the familiar form
yassass is used for hello and goodbye when addressing people you don’t know eg when entering and exiting a shop
Oh and don’t say efharisto poli in a restaurant as they take the bill and cash or they will think you mean for them to keep all the change, no matter how much it is!
 
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