|"Highways' cut through towns in The Mani|
The big city stay marked the end of our first two weeks in Greece; the first week spent travelling between small villages and the second in the village of Kardamili.
|The town of Leonidio, Greek Peloponnese|
|A clever marker in the town of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) The Mani|
Patras, was a shock to our slowed-down-small-town systems. “Pay me now” said the waitress at our hotel’s coffee shop as she served our afternoon cappuccinos. Such words would never have been spoken in Kardamili and no eyebrows would have been raised had we sat for hours with those yet-to-be-paid-for coffees.
|The Scribe enjoys a cappuccino in the Leonidio village square|
In visiting Patras, we finally found a place in Greece that didn’t capture our hearts. In all fairness to the city,there was a country-wide strike occurring yesterday so many stores were closed. University students filled the very hip, upscale coffee shops that line the streets.
The town does have perhaps the most beautiful Orthodox Church, St. Andrews, that we’ve ever seen and some stunning neo-classical buildings like the renovated Hotel Byzantion in which we stayed (and will tell you about in a future post), but the city has been marred with graffiti and that, mixed with some empty squares and storefronts, gave some parts of the city a shabby feel.
So we moved on today driving across the striking Rio-Andirio suspension bridge that connects mainland Greece to the Peloponnese. We are now in Nafpaktos, a beautiful beach town that still has a stunning Venetian built harbor, castle and fortress.
We will be here for two nights then on the road again. . .back to Athens on Monday and off to Crete that afternoon. Hope you’ll be with us!
|Porto Kagio - a town of five residents and we were the only tourists (more on that later)|