Gra Nomad Wanderings

Monday, November 20, 2006


After staying a couple of days with Denis - Servas host in Athens - we took off on a whirlwind one week tour of Greece, planned by Fay and Academy Travel. Our car was a Citroen C3. Neat little unit. Trying to get out of the street where Academy Travel is I nudged a stationary motor scooter (well, there are far too many of them here anyway!)

Some of the highlights include:
  • visiting the Meteora Monasteries out of Kalambaka. These are perched on top of TALL, TALL rocks which make them not very easy to reach, let alone attack. Look it up on the net (I haven't had time yet). When you looked over the edge it was just straight down! Driving in that area was similar as they were a bit short on guard rails at the side of the road. If there were any cars that went over the edge nobody would know! Frightening!
  • getting lost driving through Lamia - took us 45 mins. Ugh!
  • visiting Delphi ruins. I sang Waltzing Matilda on the theatre "stage" and was applauded by all 10 Japanese tourists present and Fay. I also had a run in the massive stadium... and was captured on digital camera.
  • travelled 116 kph in a 50 kph zone and didn't get busted. Worst crime you can do is travel at 50 in a 50 zone!
  • visited the ruins of Olympia where the modern Olympics begin each four years. They light the torch from there that then travels to the host country. The stadium there was about 300 metres in length (my estimate).
  • visited a very well-preserved Apollo Temple in a TENT! I'm talking HUGE tent here! Would've liked the engineers to have seen that.
  • spent 3 or 4 hours walking from main gate to the castle at the top at Mystras, just out of Sparta. Actually that was up and back. Barry Robbo would've declined the offer. Checked out palaces, churches, monastery and of course the castle on top. It was built about 1240 AD. There used to be a thriving place there.
  • checked out the Epidavrus theatre, ruins and museum. I sang even better on this stage which has absolutely brilliant accoustics. Got a better reception there. Unfortunately I didn't actually draw 12,000 people which would've been a full house!
  • paddled on Tola Beach... near Nafplion.

We get back to Athens and then train to the west coast (Tuesday 21 Nov) before boating up to some place near Florence. A few days there and then a few days in Rome and we fly to Beijing/Hong Kong.

Question (without notice) - actually, finish the sentence please...

It's time to go home when... just click on comments below and put in your 2 bobs worth. Thanks.


At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess it is time to go home before your granchild has his first birthday. Did hear he is nearly six or seven months old, walking and talking and looking forward to driving Fa's truck in a week or so.
Also your brother is running out of money in your accounts!Come home soon, love you guys

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 It's time to come home in order to hand out all the Christmas presents you have bought everyone while travelling...!
#2 It's time to come home when you need to hit the beach before Christmas.

Deb (& Logan!)

At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to come home when you forget how to speak English.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Orrs said...

It's time to go home when you have run out of cars to drive.... and you have given us all the specs possible on the car!!!!

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Sarah Jane said...

It's time to come home when you can ask that question.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the temperatures back home reach the low 40's. (like now) We want you to go thru the pain with us!!!!!
Dicko & the cleanin' lady

At 4:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to come home when you've got enough info to write 2 Lonely Planets "Around the World in 80 Days +". No kidding, when is the Publication date? There'll be an automatic reminder coming up on this.

Janice and Bernie

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Treedoc said...

It is time to come home when the price of fuel here is almost back to a $1AUD a litre and the banana republic days are almost over. Saw them for sale at $8.99 per kilo yesterday, down from $12.99. Almost decided to buy some but will wait till you get home. Not long now. Bless you both. Brian & Sharon

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its time to come home to see some cricket against the old foe, the ashes are up for grabs and you won't see it in greece or china!

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Keasty said...

Great to get the suggestions friends!
I figure it's time when your toothpaste is nearly run out, when your medication is just about empty, when the suitcase you bought for 20 bucks at Clints starts to fall apart AGAIN and needs Fay to stitch it up, when you are hanging out big time for a good damn bike ride on a road bike, when you're sick of wearing the four Ts that you've been wearing for the last 10 months, ... I'll think of more.
DEBS ... surprise.... we didn't bring back any presents! We're SPENDING our KIDS' INHERITANCE remember!? S-K-I!
DICKO - we are scared of the high temps!
ORRs - no cars now to drive till we reach OZ
DENISE... sorry I couldn't spell your name....

NOW IN FLORENCE!!!!! But that's another storyty

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Keasty, you must be one heck of a singer! I would have loved to have heard you. Would also love to see that video! :) Glad you two are having so much fun. Pictures?


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