Greece Journals

From Epirus to Kalavrita accorss Patra Bay

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A travel journal to Greece by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Quote: Day 1 of the (slightly mad) drive from Epirus to southern Peloponnese, July 2011.
Ancient Nicopolis Photo, Greece, Europe
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We live the lovely Ammoudia after a happy week doing the 'normal' holiday thing: beach, sea and sun. It feels strange, really, but quite nice in an unexpected way. Still, after a week it's time to move on and so we do, driving south towards the Peloponesse. We booked our accommodation in advance, which is a rare and wonderful occurrence in this journey and thus are pretty confident of our route and destination. It's not very far – we are only going to Kalavrita, less than 300km and 4 hours of driving away. Still, it's Greece, and a lot of the route is fairly mountainous so we leave early.The road runs along the coast, with views spreading in a typical fashion of Greece, t...Read More

Ancient Nicopolis

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Attraction | "Octavian's ghost town"

Ancient Nicopolis Photo, Greece, Europe
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Preveza is a biggish local town and a hub for the whole Ionian region (the island of Lefkas is nearby as are many coastal resorts on the mainland) but it also provides connections for travelling inland and exploring the mountains of Epirus. We don't plan to stop at Preveza though, and instead make a little detour to ancient Nicopolis. Nicopolis used to be the largest city in the region, and extensive remains are still visible. But it's Roman, and in a country where Classical and prehistoric remains are in every stony patch of ground (and all of it is stony), Roman sites barely register as antique. Nicopolis was founded in 28BC by Octavian Augustus, following his vic...Read More

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Ancient Nicopolis
Perveza
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To Ionio

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Restaurant | "Lucky Find"

To Ionio Photo, Greece, Europe
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We get lost in Preveza. Considering how many thousands of miles we managed to drive (or cover by other means) on several continents and in many countries, my ability to get lost while driving, pretty much anywhere, including my local 5,000-inhabitants town of Cupar, verges on remarkable. Still, Preveza boasts over 20,000 people and after a week in a beachside resort-hamlet of Ammoudia, it feels like a metropolis. Getting lost leads to (predictably) a loud argument, grumpily acknowledged later by the admission of us all being hungry. It's the Lunch Thing again, and our eternal failure to plan for this daily event. Things are considerably easier now we had left the rigid eating hours of Fran...Read More

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Pantokrator, Preveza

Photo of Patras, Greece
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The road past Preveza skirts the coast of the Ambracian Gulf, a remarkable inland lagoon which was the site of the naval battle of Actium between Octavian and Mark Antony in 31BC. It's a peaceful and scenery-rich area, although the road winds its way round many bends, enforcing a slow pace. Things improve when we hit a decent length of newly built motorway (whatever happened to some of the EU money, a lot of it contributed to pretty amazing improvements in Greek roads, one only wonders how long this will last with the austerity measures now imposed) that takes us as far as Messolonghion (famous for being the place of Byron's death), low-lying on another shallow lagoon on the shore of the gulf of...Read More

To Kalavrita at dusk

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Approaching Kalavryta Photo, Greece, Europe
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After the bridge the road south-west leads to Patra, the third largest city in Greece and a major ferry port for the boats travelling from Italy. We go the other way, on a coastal road towards Athens. There is an inexplicable toll to pay before driving on what seems to be a continuous roadwork for quite a few miles, to then change to a worn and weary, busy single-carriageway. Luckily, we are not going very far on this road and soon are turning off inland towards Kalavryta. Kalavryta is a small town in the mountains of north Peloponesse, known for its historical significance. It is often considered the place where the Greek war of independence started while during the WW2 it was a site of a...Read More