Over an early dinner on my first night in Pithagorio I sat reading my tour guides and noticed that one mentioned a lovely waterfall, about 10-15 minutes walk from Pithagorio. I decided that early the next morning (about 7am – to beat the heat) I would walk up the steep road out of Pithagorio and try and locate this waterfall. The book didn’t really give much of a description on the waterfall, or directions, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. I’m not really one for visiting archaeological sites, to be honest I don’t really enjoy going to them, and certainly don’t like pretending I’m enjoying them either. But give me a natural site and I will go there and wont even have to feign interest! So anyway, on this note of enthusiasm I closed my book and realised that the alarm clock I’d found in the hotel room would come in handy after all.
The next morning after an early night, I was up and walking by about 7.30am. The sun was already threatening to overheat me at that early stage in the day but I wasn’t going to give up that easily. As far as I could tell there was only one main road leading out of Pithagorio, and this was the one that the taxi had come in on the day before, so I kind of knew where I was going. After about half an hour of walking, I was out of breath climbing the steep road and was still within the limits of the town. And no sign of any waterfall, or for that matter no sign of any signs for a waterfall. I decided that the book must have meant 10-15mins walk from the edge of the town so kept walking for another hour or so. There was still no waterfall. I stopped for a drink and a rest and took a couple of photos of the view of Pithagorio and the bay and while I was there a noticeably tourist jeep pulled up beside me and the tourists (English) jumped out. I asked them had they seen any evidence of a waterfall further up the road, and they said no they hadn’t, although there was one, about 10-15km away, near a place called Karlovasi.
Fuming and spitting, I headed back down the hill into the town again and consoled myself that I COULD read and that it was the damn book that was wrong. To this day I still don’t know if there is a waterfall anywhere near Pithagorio, or if I had the one copy of the particular book that reckons there is one there.