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On Tour - Greece and Crete Tour 24 April 2023


We made the most of our last day in the country in Greece and also in the wonderful mountains. Greece is a mountainous country but being immersed in the mountains is such a beautiful experience. On our way back to Athens we went by the road through the mountains of Arcadia which was a wonderful scenic drive. We stopped at Lagardia, one of the most picturesque villages in the Peloponnese where we had a coffee break overlooking the huge gorge. The village is located on a hillside with the bottom of the village being 500 metres above sea level and the top being 1000 metres above sea level. We have surely covered much ground and most probably have been to more areas of Greece that the people who live here. From up at the border with North Macedonia to Sfakia on the southern shore of Crete and from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea and much in between.

Lunch was in a seaside restaurant not far from Megara where the Australian 16th Brigade was able to evacuate from Greece. A lovely lunch and then we headed off again to Athens. After arriving we met Mary, Peter’s wife who arrived on the 22nd and will travel on with Peter and Philip, and we booked into our hotel and then Caroline picked us up and dropped us at the entrance to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon. Over the years that we have been coming to Athens we have seen the Parthenon being rebuilt, mainly from that which was laying around the area following the blast that destroyed the Parthenon by the Venetians all those years ago. Major construction plans are in place and being completed to finally have the Parthenon as it was when it was destroyed in 450 BCE. As we were late getting back into Athens and found that the Museum closed at 1700 we decided to retire to our hotel for a final drink with Elena and also to toast her Grandfather who died yesterday at 102 years. May he rest in peace. It was a very emotional farewell to Elena, but fortunately I will be with her again in September 2023. Dinner was a take away fare for early to bed for tomorrow is ANZAC Day and our programme starts at 0515.

Graham Fleeton.


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