Athens & The North

Well, it’s been another packed week and a bit in Greece, we really could have done with 9 or 10 extra days!

After Corinth we spent a very quick day and a half in Athens and packed in as many sights we could manage, loving the free student entry in Greece! We also managed to spend some time in down town Athens which we didn’t get to see last time… more importantly… we finally got our first souvlakis in!

Temple of Zeus & the Acropolis

Sunny Athens

Looks like some of the locals aren't in to Alina's art...

From Athens we went to the island of Evia, home to more mountains, crazy beaches, lots of death roads and even a few km of off roading for old reliable Rusticus.

Still not bored of these sunsets

Gulp!

The next day we did the first of a couple crazy zig-zags across the mainland and headed towards Delphi, staying the night next to the sea at a little town called Kirra.

Temple of Apollo

Athenian Treasury

We hit Delphi the day after, before cruising on towards Volos and some of the best beaches we’ve seen since the Peloponese, including a little village called Damouchari that was used in Mamma Mia**! Cathy was most impressed!

Rusticus in an action movie...

Cathy doing some research

Damouchari

Trev on a Greek snow patch

From Volos we had yet another crazy journey all the way to Thessaloniki particularly as we were trying to avoid the extortionate Greek motorway tolls! We arrived in Thes’ on Good Friday just in time to witness loads of candlelit processions taking place.

Thessaloniki

Rather than face into another serious journey on Easter Sunday we decided to leave Thes’ a bit early and make some progress towards Kalakamba. We stumbled across Veria, a little town and managed to take part in some of the craziest Easter celebrations ever. There was soldiers, a marching band, fireworks, yes fireworks, and of course some orthodox priests.

After all that excitement we spent the following day hiking around the crazy hilltop monasteries at Meteora, meanwhile the Greeks had cranked out the BBQs and the lambs were on the spit!

Meteora

The following day we started to make our way north and then it happened….

🙁

Yes…..it happened….it might have been the death roads it might have been the dirt tracks, it might just be fate but all of a sudden we were stuck in a strange little village home to a dog with reverse erectile disfunction and a helpful if a bit strange guy and his many friends. After one failed rescue attempt (lorry too small for Rusticus) we accepted that we were staying the night.

The day after with some help from Yorgos we managed to get hold of a tow service and spent the whole day waiting in the garage while the mechanic did laps of the carpark in Old Rusty and the bill ticked up. Finally, after overnighting behind the garage with a significantly lighter wallet we were back on the road HOORAY! Unfortunately for Old Rusty she’s got some work to do before she regains the title of Rusticus Maximus!

Next up Albania!!

** p.s. sorry to anyone who we’ve ever told Mamma Mia was filmed in Santorini it was filmed on an island near Volos oops lol!

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