Local Heart, Global Soul

July 19, 2014

We Need An Old Fashioned Method Of Navigation…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you travel to the very very end of the Pelion Peninsula there are a little group of  islands.

(Greece has several hundred inhabited islands and roughly three thousand uninhabited islands or rocky outcrops).

One thing we discovered this trip was that you should not always assume that because a country is in Europe that it is also listed on your “European Counties” on your sat. nav.

Needless to say we assumed Greece would be and packed Our Lady of The Tom Tom in our suitcase.

When we went to make this day-trip we retrieved it and were flabbergasted to find that in a very long list of countries, including many Eastern European ones, Greece wasn’t listed. Really? Truly. I kid you not.

Luckily our brother in law had an old fashioned map we could borrow and we set out this misty drizzly morning to explore the end of the peninsular. To note that the roads here are full of twists and turns is an understatement, I had my anti-motion sickness wrist bands on but even then frequent stops were needed so that I didn’t  slowly turn green and suffer the consequences.  On the positive side, there were plenty of places to admire the view so pulling over also gave me some good photo opportunities despite the weather.

We start out early from Platania and wind our way through more hairpin bends than I could count. The map I got from the internet didn’t even show the last section  of road we took, so I took liberties and drew it in roughly where it should be. The road comes to an abrupt end right on a beach where there’s a small parking area to leave your car. If the average tourist stumbled on this place they’s have no clue what to do next, but luckily the local knowledge that our in-laws have accumulated over the years is about to be put to good use…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The town of Milina…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Zooming in…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The road does a tight hairpin around the bay just before Kottes (bottom left of my map above)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Looking back the way we’ve come…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

and ahead just before we loop back along the other side of the bay…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Island of Palio Trikeri ahead of us, we have just left the town of  Trikeri (still on the peninsular)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Looking past the island towards the far side of the Pagasitische Gulf… (the town of Dimitriada somewhere in the central far distance)… Dimitriada didn’t fit on my map above, if that map had been bigger the town would have to be higher than the top left corner).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This road isn’t even marked on most maps…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve lost count how many twists and turns later, but the road gets a lot smaller now…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

… until all of a sudden it ends abruptly at the waters edge…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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