Local Heart, Global Soul

August 2, 2014

O.K. Car…. Breathe In !!!!

Filed under: Agia Kiriaki,GREECE,PELION PENINSULAR,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch are experts at getting lost. Never have a family of map lovers been so “navigationally challenged”.

Thus it made complete sense to invest in a little electronic help in the form of a Sat.Nav.

Then we arrived in Greece and discovered that despite Our Lady Of the Tom Tom listing some thirty or so countries, Greece wasn’t on her list. Yes, maybe we should have checked that before we left home, but we assumed and sometimes assumptions are dangerous things.

Back in October 2012 we find ourselves in the little Greek town of Agia Kiriaki and wishing we had  Sat. Nav. That could help us. Himself speaks literally five words of Greek and Little Mr. and I zero, so asking for directions can get tricky.

We head back into town to try and find the way though we must have missed before. Back past the boatyard, following the waterfront until we get stuck in exactly the same place as before. This time we don’t have any doubts that we could have missed a turn off on the way in because we’ve already backtracked and found none. There are a few old men sitting at one of the outside tables of what looks like a local café / bar.

Himself tries to ask the way but they speak no English. He points to the car and then to the other side of the bay, towards the road we saw earlier from the lookout point. They grin and point to what we thought was an alleyway with parking for the houses close by.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The man gestures that we need to take this “road” and then turn right. Are they serious? Apparently so.

A parked car takes up a decent percentage of the space, “narrow” is an understatement.

Himself points to the alleyway and makes it clear that he’s making sure that they really mean down there?

More gestures and grins, apparently yes indeed,and then a right turn. Ok, here goes!

We enter the street at a snails pace checking  that wing mirrors are tucked in as we pass the parked car and the various objects jutting out from buildings.

Just past the parked car there is another alleyway in the right, but the space is so narrow it takes us a few goes to negotiate the corner.

We find that we’ve turned right into a “street” that has electricity poles and house steps in it, not to mention balconies protruding overhead. Definitely not a street for a large truck or removal van! You might think that locals would park in the wider parts, or at least as close to the walls as possible, but no, vehicles are just left  where-ever the owners took a fancy and several times we have to inch past with the windows rolled down, Himself and I debating if he could add take off one the three centimetres clearance on my side to add to the one and a half centimetres clearance on his.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you could will a car to breathe in, we would have.

Several time we saw an opening to the right, but each time this  was not a road but the edge of the bay. Boats on the water were just a meter or two away.

We carry on (not that there was any space to turn around anyway) and find ourselves in a new alleyway, there’s even a tiny shop with the entrance door right on the street!

Then the road rises, we go around a corner with the water below and only a rail to keep us from falling in.

Directly around the corner the road veers sharply downwards and we are back at waterfront level, before entering the next alleyway “road” which brings us back to the water again.

An old lady waits for us to pass before using the road as in it’s dual purpose as footpath. This time the houses are literally a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and we squeeze between the steps and the sea to the last right turn that takes us to a wider road that leads past the boats on the opposite side of the bay. Phew… we all let out a sigh of relief, the rental car isn’t dented or scratched and we have the road we saw from the lookout point in sight! Hooray,  Agia Kiriaki might well be a quaint little village  but we are pleased that we are  finally out of here !!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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5 Comments »

  1. I bet you felt quite sick at times!!! We rented a car once on a Greek Island and went off exploring. It cost us next to nothing to rent it and it looked a bit clapped out. We accelerated up hills and braked down dales then on one of the hills we finally got stuck. The poor car just could not get up it! We had a few hair-raising minutes but managed somehow to turn it around and get it back to the rental guy. He seemed completely unfazed!

    Comment by sarsm — August 2, 2014 @ 9:25 am | Reply

    • Sarsm,
      The car was reliable enough, we were just worried that we would loose a whopping deposit if we returned it with scratches down both sides!
      How we got though some of these tight spaces without loosing the paintwork I will never know, one thing is for sure, it’s not a route Himself and I want to repeat in a hurry!

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 2, 2014 @ 11:31 am | Reply

      • I wouldn’t want to either!!

        Comment by sarsm — August 2, 2014 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

        • Sarsm,
          Those skinny streets were rather scary, I was nervously holding my breath waiting for an awful scraping sound of the car against something. Luckily it didn’t happen.

          Comment by kiwidutch — August 14, 2014 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

    • If you see how so many Greeks park their cars so haphazardly in villages, then it seems this “laid back” attitude is very prevalent. The guy who you hired your car from was probably relieved that his banger a) started when you got into it and b) made it out of sight at all !!

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 14, 2014 @ 4:06 pm | Reply


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