Preparing to drive on the Greek mainland

May 21st, 2014, 11:32 PM
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I really just need the outside done, as I'm very tidy and the inside is about as clean as I got the car. Please, how do I ask for just the outside to be washed? Thank you!

(So is English your third language, then? Wow!)
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May 21st, 2014, 11:54 PM
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Mbo-ri-te na plin-ne-de to (pronounced like dot without the t) aftokinito mesa exo parakalo?

Or if it is just the outsidebr />
Mbo-ri-te na plin-ne-de to afto-kinito exo mono parakalo?
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May 21st, 2014, 11:55 PM
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I also speak French and Italian artsnletters..

Here's the phrase in Greek for an outside wash only :

μπορείτε να πλύνετε το αυτοκίνητο μόνο εξωτερικά ?
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May 22nd, 2014, 12:51 AM
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If you are still in Delphi, ask the guys on the BP station. They all speak English with exception of Eleni, the 96 years old grand-ma who often runs the early morning shift(!) . Maybe Theodoris or his son Thanasis will be around and will be happy to wash your car for 5-10 euro. Just make clear when you need the car to be picked-up because often they operate in Greek time : )
Otherwise if you drive on Athens direction, I am sure there is or was a gas station on the outskirts of Levadia with full equipement for car cleaning, charging ~15 euro I believe...

Enjoy your trip!
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May 22nd, 2014, 06:16 AM
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Mariha, I'm still in Delphi. Do you know roughly the hours the BP is open? I have plans first thing in the morning that I can take care of on foot, but I will be starting early. I can come back and pick up the car around 10am. I'm assuming it's too late to do it today.

BTW, thanks for the reco (on another site) for Gargaduas. I ate there last night and had the best moussaka of my life - as part of a meal that included salad, a souvlaki kebab, fries, and yogurt with honey, all for 9 euros! Bread and water included. The best meal I've had yet, for the lowest price!
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May 22nd, 2014, 07:00 AM
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It should be open in the morning, but generally speaking you wait while they wash the car, and it never takes more than 30 minutes. The price in Athens is around 6 Euro for an outside wash, so expect something similar in Delphi.

You can call them and ask the opening hours....
Their telephone should be : 2265082400
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May 22nd, 2014, 11:47 PM
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Sorry I do not log-in too frequently, my netbook is currently broken and I rely on a friend's PC for internet connection (I am strongly against a cell phone with internet, otherwise I would be online all the time and my brain would melt lol)

Usually Eleni or Theodoris are on duty as early as 7ish, often even earlier.
In case you have to wait for the car to be washed, check Cafe ΙΧΩΡ - Ihor, more or less opposite the BP Station. ; )

Glad you enjoyed Gargandouas : )
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May 23rd, 2014, 02:04 AM
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Artsnletters, thanks for posting your driving experience to Nafplio, Olympia and Delphi. We will be driving to the same cities you are visiting. May I ask who you rented your car from? I have not booked our rental car yet. Thanks.
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May 23rd, 2014, 07:04 AM
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Artsnletters.. thanks for sharing as this will be so helpful to us in October.

What kind of GPS and map are you using?
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May 23rd, 2014, 10:45 AM
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I got my car washed at BP this morning for 10 euros. So of course it is now raining again, which was how it got so dirty in the first place. I am NOT washing it again.

I rented from Hertz through AutoEurope.

I rented the GPS as well. It's a Mio. A very good investment for 5 euros a day.

I have an Orama/Opama (Greek spelling) 1:600,000 map of the entire country. I have scarcely opened it. First real use was today, when I was having a disagreement with my GPS and was trying to figure out where it had sent me. It turned out to be my programming error that sent me off on a rabbit run. Well, I got to see some of Greece that most tourists don't see. Make sure you use the correct destination!

I'm supposed to be touring the Meteora monasteries tomorrow. Should be fun, it's raining right now and thunderstorms are forecast.
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:06 PM
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Thanks so much. .. sounds like you are having an awesome time. I am getting so excited reading about your trip in love mode.

Safe travels. ..
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May 23rd, 2014, 01:07 PM
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I'm sorry...I meant to say live mode. . Gotta love electronics!
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Makeithappen, I like your first version. It made me smile on a rainy English morning. ;-)
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May 24th, 2014, 03:07 AM
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Observations about Greek driving:

Of course, stay in the right lane at all times when on highways unless you are passing, and you'd better be quick about that, too.

I find the Greek drivers to be incredibly skilled at squeaking through impossibly small spaces and incredibly patient. Many of the streets are not wide enough for cars to pass going each direction if there are any cars parked and sometimes someone is stopped in your lane, and drivers wait quietly while those going the other direction file through before taking their turn.

You can stop almost anywhere, including double-parking, if you put on your flashers and are fairly quick about it. This could include running into your hotel to collect your luggage when you've already checked out, doing a quick check of directions, etc. If you block traffic, drivers will patiently wait to go around you. In Delphi, where the main roads are a single lane, having to wait for people stopped temporarily is common, and no one gives any sign that they are irritated at the delay. It's just a fact of life.

Speed limits are scarcely noticed. On the open road, if you are going the speed limit, people will blow by you easily doing 20 or 30 kph more than you. 60 kph and 50 kph signs at highway intersections, bridges, tunnels, and "wide places in the road" with a gas station or a cafe are routinely ignored. As I found out following traffic speed, people easily go through these areas at 80 kph. When going through little towns, I lacked the nerve to speed that much and limited myself to 10 kph over the speed limit, but people piled up behind me when I did it.

Stop signs... well, if turning right and there is no cross traffic, they are treated as nonexistent, and often even going forward they only rank a slow down not approaching a stop.

Passing, as has been noted above, occurs nearly everywhere, but I was on one stretch of road with bright yellow lines on each side of the lane and No Passing signs, and absolutely no one passed. Apparently that means "and we really mean it."

In all my driving, I've seen a single police car, going the opposite direction.
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