Gialova is a place where I’d like to spend at least a handful of days, at some point in the future. Hiking, swimming, birding and more can be done there and around the nearby lagoon. gialova beach

But due to a holiday-bus-schedule, we only had about an hour instead of the hoped-for half a day. Anyway, the traditional Greek coffee in the place near the bus stop was great and the bus driver extremely helpful in pointing out that he’d be back in no time to whisk us away again … gialova navarino bay

Wildlife and Wild Life

As we usually do, we kept an eye open for the local wildlife during our time on the Peloponnese. I was surprised and happy to see significant numbers of corvids and raptors, but never had the right lens ready when there was one around. So here is a wee wagtail on the apartment roof.

wagtailInsect life included different kinds of bees, and, fabulously, a praying mantis: praying mantis

praying mantis 2On the beach, there were exciting rock pools:

crabAbout five kilometres south of Kyparissia, we found somebodys idea of history and (mythological) wildlife:   castlepegasusowl door dragon horse

Between the Mountains and the Deep Blue Sea

For the first time, I’ve been to Greece. It was, for the most part, absolutely brilliant! To get the not so brilliant parts out of the way right here: people on strike at archaeological sites, people smoking everywhere (the ubiquitous non-smoking signs making for useless decoration), people complaining about having to pay taxes.

The first and last night we spent in Athens. More on that later.

The remainder of our holiday we stayed on the Peloponnese. The first half we were based close to Kyparissia, in a place called Terpsi Apartements. The views were amazing:

view from Terpsi 2view from terpsiOur apartment also had a kitchen and all necessary equipment. Which was good, because over the Christmas days everything was closed, so we had to do a bit of self-catering. The hosts were really helpful, and we also got some home-made cookies and cake, yummy! I can really recommend the place. It would be ideal, however, for someone with their own transport. You can get bikes on site for free.

It is a quite rural area, but the beach is only a short walk away:beachon the beach