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Oct 16, 2004 - Update

It seems a marginally better title than Athens part 3. Anyhow, I've realised that I've had the rail pass for the best part of a week now, and yet I have only spent one day travelling. So I am going to skip the Peloponnese until a later trip (besides, no matter how spectacular the ruins there are, there are only a certain amount of ruined buildings that I can usefully see in such a short space of time). So it is on that bombshell that I am on my way to "la citta eterna" (or Rome, the eternal city) so that I am travelling from the heart of...

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Sep 15, 2004 - Patras

Extract from my e-mail Journal: Leaving Delphi I drove to Patras to return the car. The bridge across the gulf of Corinth is an incredible site. looming out of the haze from twenty miles away as you approach. Crossing the bridge I was rear ended by an inattentive driver, no doubt scrabbling for change. No serious damage so I let it go, life's too short. Leaving the Car at Patras, no they didn't notice, I caught the train to Athens. The journey took 5 hours and cost a Euro an hour. What about that Virgin!!

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Sep 5, 2004 - Dimitsana

Extract from my e-mail Journal: From Kalavryta to Dimitsina. Dimitsina is also famous for its role during the war of independence. The locals manufactured up to 37,000 pounds of black powder a day for the war effort. I know, I know but there you have it. There is an excellent museum with a tannery, fulling shed and powder mill and I have to say it is very educational. Do you KNOW what Fullers put into water to counteract the lime they used on the leather? Do you want to know? Jump to the next paragraph if you don't. Dog dirt (come on you...

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Andy's Wanderings

Sep 3, 2004 - Kalavryta

Extract from my e-mail journal: I hired a car and left Patras, the plan, to tour the Peloponnese by car. My first destination was Kalavryta. This is a very quiet little town up in the mountains. Kalaryta is famous for three things: 1. it is at the top of the Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway, 2. Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolt here in 1821 against the Turks, hence all the town burning, and 3. In retaliation for resistance activity during World War Two the entire male population over 15 (and some under) were massacred. There is...

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Sep 2, 2004 - Patras

Extract from my e-mail Journal. Patras is Greece's third city, although you wouldn't believe it with only 150,000 souls. It's only slightly bigger than the Borough of Kingston which is London's smallest borough! Grids Every City or town I have visited in the Peloponnese has been built on a grid pattern, Patras, Kalavryta, Megalopolis, Kalamata and Sparta. OK Dimitsana wasn't but that's a medieval village built on the side of a mountain so even if they had built it on a grid pattern they would have run out of flat bits pretty quickly; don't...

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Jul 19, 2004 - Nightmare on Ferry Street!!!!!!!

So last night at 8pm we get on the ferry all happy go lucky. We come up the stairs on the boat and after checking our tickets, the ferry guy points up the stairs to the deck. Our seats which were supposed to be seats inside the boat. Shelly asked him twice to make sure, "Yes they are aircraft style seats". We come up on to the deck and see a lot of park benches bolted to the deck, and several dozen plastic patio chairs floating around. All night boat ride, and we're on fricking benches. Everyone else has sleeping bags and pads, and here we...

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