Western & Southern Greece

Sarandë to Athens, April 11 – 17, 2017

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We set off from Budapest, a couple of weeks prior to crossing the border into Greece, but we’re starting from here as we plan to spend more time and write more about countries we visited in between.

Arriving on the island of Zakynthos, we found ourselves a park with a seaside view and went exploring. As we walked through the narrow and empty streets – it’s still pre-season – of the town, we came across a little gem called 34; we sat in the sun and enjoyed some beers, bread & olive oil. We fell in love with the island’s olive oil and it drew us back in for our evening meal. We were locals (along with the wild cats that hang around) at 34 by the second day. The beers in the sun worked a treat and left us wondering where we’d parked…

When we managed to get ourselves out of bed the following day we went and hired ourselves a quad and a scooter to roam the island on. We set off to find The Shipwreck, via the Blue Caves, but Adrian (a good friend visiting and staying with us from Australia) managed to run short on fuel – just as the weather was turning bad – so we turned back.

The following day, after returning from The Shipwreck (which despite being very touristy, is amazing), we nailed the drive to Kalamata and found some refuge at a camp ground, where we sorted all the things one needs to when wild camping. And had an awesome BBQ with a makeshift grill – awesome idea to use the beer cans to lift the grill Adrian!

a little feast in Kalamata

We only spent one night in Athens. It was nice for what it is. We drank good coffee at a place called Tailor Made, got saturated by a thunder storm and did a rather extensive bar tour which landed us having a very traditional Greek dinner in the old historical neighbourhood of Plaka with a view to the Acropolis.

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