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Help with Peloponnese and Greece itinerary

Old Jun 10th, 2021, 01:35 PM
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>>I needed valium for the drive in and out of Kardamyli (I'm the wuss that grips the handle on the car roof<<

I have my foot on an imaginary brake as I keep sinking down lower and lower into the seat while sort of screaming "SLOW DOWN SLOW DOWN" My husband says "I'm only going 20 mph (or less" and I scream I don't care, slow down! The first time we drove down Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia, I thought he was going to throw me out of the car. The next time, about 4-5 years ago, I took Valium and was fine. It's also cheaper than a divorce!
I'm glad that the highways are good in Greece. The only place we rented a car was on Crete, from Chania to Iraklion. Those roads were fine from what I recall.
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Old Jun 10th, 2021, 05:44 PM
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Delphi becomes a different experience when you stay overnight ... my first trip, long ago, was a day tour, and AWFUL... wasting time picking up folks at hotels... driving in height of rush hour both ways .. UGH. In 2011, finally went back and it was magical... 2 of us just took a bus up arriving late afternoon. At that time, bus passed by Ancient site going uphill to town's Center (just a fork in the road) & stopping at terminus (actually a jewelry store that sold tickets -- I think they now have formal ticket place).

We walked 100 yards back down main st, to HOtel PAN on the downhill side, we were offered rooms on back of hotel, main floor. Hmmm we thought, forgetting we wer on a mountain. Owner took me in room & out on balcony. Hawks were circling -- BELOW my feet! sheer dropof 150-200 ft down to garden.. views down the mountainside to olive groves flowing out to beach & sea. Glorious. He suggested, why not go see the museum NOW? No tour groups, it's open til 7:30. We walked downhill on same road, a parapet wall making us feel secure. Museum was empty, WELL-signaged, plenty of time to appreciate the finest pieces.

Back up to hotel wanted simple meal at sunset. Right across from ticket-store was simple locl cafe, kids playing pool indoors, lovely outdoor terrace w. view. We ordered pasta, and server brought pitcher of cold water -- gulp gulp DIVINE. Nectar of the Gods! She explained, all our water comes straight from Snowmelt on top of Mt Parnassus (she pointet up to the mountain we were perched on). Next AM we were given early breakfast by PAN hotel & got to ancient site at 8 -- 2.5 hours to ramble, before 6 tour busses pulled in .. by then we were up high in site, way ahead of group (TIP: consider if you want to make the effort to climb to tippy-top stadium; they now wont let you in, due to rockfall). After main site, we walked downhill to the beautiful Temple of Athena (round tholos), right by road, unfenced, filled our canteens with water from sacred spring. 1:30 bus got us back to Athens about 4:15. SO Worthwhile -- made more so because of good prep, maps (Planetware) printouts from excellent internet websites (sacred destinations.com) and U of Penn classics courses. (yes i am a Greece-geek).
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