Epidavros, Argolis, Peloponnese
After having done business in Athens the past days, it was time to enjoy life. We did rent a car (hint: become an Avis preferred member and they will never ever again ask you to effect additional insurance etc., what a treat!).
First stop was at the Corinth Canal (Greek: Διώρυγα της Κορίνθου, Dhioryga tis Korinthou) which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island.
You can do Bungy Jumping, but I am not crazy enough to try this! Imagine you bang your head on a vessel that is just passing underneath…no, no!
It was early afternoon and we had plenty of time, so instead of driving the direct route inland to Nafpliò, we chose the coastal road. The beauty of travelling off-season in spring is that the nature is in full blossom, Oranges are ripe, hanging low in the trees, almost no people around. The downside of it: not many Tavernas are open yet. We drove to Nea Epidavros where we found the Avra Taverna at the port. We met Matina (nick name for Stamatina) and her parents who run the place. Avra is also a hotel…but, oh well…the rooms are not my favourites really.
We told Papa Tolias that he should cook for us whatever he has available, and that was the best decision. We got a freshly squeezed orange juice to start with, a healthy greek salad and a plate of different fried fish! It was very tasty and since it was far too much fish, we shared it with about 4 cats.
We also got some fresh veggies from Mama’s garden, flavoured with fantastic oive oil. With the coffee, we were offered pieces of bergamot which was slightly candied in very sweet syrup. And then the family sat with us and chatted about Greece, their lives, history of Epidavros, and so on! I am always amazed how open minded the people here are, they want to share their lives and ideas with us as if we were best friends or family. I love that a lot!
After a longer stop than planned, we continued on to Nafpliò where we will stay for the weekend.
The journey coming here led us along the coast for a few more kilometers before we finally drove inland, along green hills, thousands of olive and orange trees, watching shepards taking care of their flock of sheeps. I fall in love with Greece each time I visit a bit more, the countryside is absolutely amazing right now!