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Nearly Home

Something had to break on an odyssey as long as this one.  Irritatingly, it was the laptop charging cable and so this blog entry is being put together on an iPhone.  It’ll be short and to the point. For the first time we’ve begun to feel that we’re going home and the trip is nearly …

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Krampus

It wasn’t until we reached our next campsite deep into north-west Hungary that we realised we’d forgotten to check on the potential inmates of the Museum of the Revolution in Timisoara. “Too late now”, we thought and left them to what might or might not have been their fate. That evening’s stopover, the ‘Tranquil Pines’ …

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Banged Up

We’d forgotten that the Romanian revolution that took place in the days leading up to Christmas 1989 started in Timisoara, so the Museum of the Revolution was high on our list of things to do and see when we arrived in that city. Leaving the dog to guard the van (which was itself already guarded …

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Winter Has Come

It was a surprise to find that Thermopylae, as well as having a giant statue of a Spartan warrior to mark the battle where 300 Spartans fought to the last man against 1.7 million Persians (or so the plaque nearby claimed), also had some very fine hot springs. We smelled them as soon as we …

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Daily Routine

It’s all very well gadding about the world, pausing only to take photos, admire architecture and swim in warm sunlit seas, but that can only take up so much of the average day. One of our friends pointed this out to us, before following up with the very good question,“So what do you spend the …

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Rain Stops Play

The small town of Leonidios, not far from where we are at the moment, sits in a natural harbour.  The hills around are all high, steep and rocky, which makes them a good proposition for rock climbers.  Add to that a generous helping of sunshine and beaches and it’s easy to see why the area …

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100 Not Out

By which of course I mean that we’ve now survived 100 days and nights of this ‘lunatic adventure’, as one of our more respectable friends called it. No harsh words, no knife-fighting and even the dog has maintained an even keel, despite the attentions of random feral dogs, stray cats and vagrant tortoises. Well done …

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Divine Intervention

The route down to the next campsite took us through the middle of ancient Olympia, which put us in mind of all those mythical Greek gods and goddesses (even though they lived on top of Mt Olympus, quite a way from where we were – but that’s the power of suggestion for you).  The roads …

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Marking Time

Keen to take in one more ‘must see’ site before going to ground for a while we spent a night just outside Delphi. Once the sun was up and about we revved up and motored on down to beat the crowds to the site of the ancient city that was built around the Temple of …

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Monasteries and Meteora

The Greek section of our wanderings started when we parked up at the edge of a large lake near Kilkis.  It turned out that this lake was home to a particularly rare and endangered species of waterfowl (and no, the dog did not catch and kill any) and also to a large itinerant herd of …