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August 3, 2014

Stopping At Church For A Breather: Milina Without The Rain…

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Now that we’ve navigated the narrow streets of Agia Kiriaki we are more than ready to get back to Platania.

But the winding road we had to contend with on the way to the end of the Pelion Peninsular also had to be contended with on the way back, so by the time we got  to Milina I was desperate for a stop.

The first time we passed through here it was raining  rather hard but now the rain has passed so it’s a good place to take a breather.

If you’ve never suffered from motion sickness you will find it difficult to understand the relief that stopping moving brings, the chance to get some fresh air and feel like you are on terra firma again.

A good ten minute break does wonders, and if you can take your mind off feeling seedy then all the better. I usually do this my focusing on talking  few photographs and since this church at Milina was rather photogenic it became the focus of my attention. On the ground at the front of  the church I found a pebble mosaic of a double headed eagle and crown,  Byzantine empire symbols still used by the Greek Orthodox Church. I could have gotten a better photograph if I could have climbed onto the  wall next to it, but on crutches that was both a physical impossibility and a dumb idea so common sense prevailed and I did my best from ground level.

The church has two towers at the front and a tiled dome in the centre with white stone and red brick pattern detailing that sets off the grey stonework perfectly.  After taking photographs of it, I cross the street and stand at the waters edge, the sun is starting to set and way above us on top of the hill another village is bathed in the last rays of the late afternoon light. All too soon it’s time to hit the road again… back to Platania and a good rest. After my longer than anticipated walk to the monastery earlier I won’t be doing much for the next days.

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August 2, 2014

O.K. Car…. Breathe In !!!!

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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.

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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.

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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 !!!

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August 1, 2014

Got Lost In The Town, So We Are Now Getting To The Point…

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Following yesterday’s post about our travels in Greece in October 2014,  we are tying to work out a bit of a puzzle in the little village of Agia Kiriaki. Situated near the tip of the Pelion Peninsular it’s part of a scenic detour we made  on the way home from visiting  the small island of  Palio Trikeri earlier.

We’ve already been into the village, the road appears to end with some shops, cafés and houses on the waterfront and a careful look on the way back out of the village has eliminated the possibility that we missed a side road on the way in. Frustratingly we can see a road on the other side of the village, it’s just not clear how on earth we can get there by car.

Whilst we are pondering the situation and wondering if maybe the best option is just to back-track up the hill again, we figure that this lookout point is also a good place to take a short break, get out the water bottles and get a breath of fresh air.  To the right of the  little peninsular we are on is a tiny bay, dotted with roughly a dozen houses plus a few half built ones. There are boats in the water and the calm of the Aegean Sea is beautiful in the afternoon light.

The map we have borrowed from our in-laws is not nearly detailed enough to be of any help either. Agia Kiriaki is on it but represented as a  named grey blob with road leading in one side and then again out the other. There’s no street detail to show if or how the two are connected. Logic says that they must be, so now we decide that the only option is to go back down to the village and try again…

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July 31, 2014

The Village From Where There Is Seemingly No Exit …

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Another retrospective post about our October 2012 travels in Greece.

We have arrived in the small Greek village of Agia Kiriaki,  It’s a picturesque little town and we intend to drive in, look around and then continue our journey back home.

It turns out that getting into the town is easy enough but we are a bit perplexed because there seems to be no way out. We end up at what looks like a dead end on the waterfront, there are a couple of café / restaurants a tiny car parking area and nothing else.

Ok, therefore logic dictates that we must have missed a side road the goes around the back of the town, so we do a three point turn in the little parking area and head back out to look for it.

One the way in and on the way out we pass by a boatyard that’s practically on the road… I take photographs both ways. We exit the village having scanned for other exits we might have missed but find none at all. We reach the road at the top and the only place to park is at a look-out area on the little peninsular. We go in there scratching our heads, how the heck do we get to to the other side of this village? Time to leave the car and look and see if we can see any roads we might have missed…

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July 30, 2014

Just How Many Curves Can You Put Into A Road ? In Greece, More Than You Could Imagine…

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We are a family who love maps, studying geography and visiting places around the world off the beaten track.

This is why during an October 2012 school holiday to Greece, we end up driving down one small road on the Pelion Peninsular and turn turning off to another one that’s even smaller.The road we have taken is a detour, first we drive to  Trikeri and then instead of talking the road that more or less follows the hill top, we divert to one that winds back down the the sea, coming out at a little village called Agia Kiriaki. All around us are beautiful views of bays, hills further up the Pelion Peninsular or over towards  Sourpi  on the opposite side of the water. There are hairpin bends aplenty so Himself is solidly focused on the roads and although the sea is calm I’m really tired now so the motion sickness is worse. We push on, with frequent rest stops for fresh air. At least the stunning views make it worth it…

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