The best town in Greece

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
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Trip End Aug 05, 2008


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

POLSKI:
Z Poros przeplynelismy lodka na druga strone, co zajelo jakies 5 minut i... juz bylismy na Peloponezie, w Galatas. Kupilismy melona i spytalismy o wylotowke do Nafplio jakiegos starszego pana, ktory plynna i czysta angielszczyzna odpowiedzial, ze moze nas zabrac kilka km za miasteczko. Okazalo sie, ze jest Anglikiem z Norfolk, a w Grecji mieszka od 6 lat. Zanim zaczelismy lapac stopa, zjedlismy melona - chyba najlepszego w moim zyciu. Bylo potwornie goraco. Najpierw zatrzymal sie jakis Hindus, potem dalej, Albanczyk z kilkuletnia coreczka i zabral nas do Epidauros. W Eupidauros poszlismy na plaze i spedzilismy tam pare godzin, kapiac sie w morzu i spiac w cieniu, bo nie dalo sie wytrzymac tego upalu. Poznym popoludniem udalismy sie pod gore, na piechote, zeby wydostac sie na glowna droge. Tym razem zanim ruszylismy, zjedlismy arbuza. Pod gore bylo ze 2-3 km, nadal w okropnym sloncu. Pod koniec myslalam, ze wykituje. Juz starozytnego teatru w Epidauros, ktory oddalony jest od miasteczka o kilkanascie km, nie mielismy sil ogladac. Zamiast tego zabralo nas dwoch Holendrow i podwiozlo do miejscowej drogi na Nafplio. Juz prawie zrezygnowalismy, gdy zatrzymal sie Grek (pierwszy Grek!) z pickupem pelnym melonow i arbuzow, i zabral nas ostatnie 30km do Nafplio. Na pozegnanie dostalismy jeszcze od niego melona :).
Zostawilismy plecaki w fastfoodzie, w ktorym zjedlismy obiado-kolacje i paletalismy sie po miasteczku, szukajac w tym samym czasie miejsca na nocleg. Miasto zdawalo sie nie konczyc, a plaza byla kamienista. O 1:00 w nocy poddalismy sie i wybralismy plaze.
13 lipca
Rano, po przebudzeniu, mielismy piekny widok na zatoke i twierdzo-zamek na wzgorzu. Na kamienistej plazy w gruncie rzeczy spalo sie calkiem wygodnie. Juz po 8-miej rano kapalo sie tam calkiem sporo ludzi. My rowniez skorzystalismy z morza.
Potem podeszlismy z plecakami blizej wzgorza i Marcin zostal z naszymi rzeczami, a poszlam sie wspinac. Pokonalam...999 schodow, o czym dowiedzialam sie, bedac juz na gorze! Widok zapieral jednak dech w piersiach. Obiekt bylo gromny, chodzilam po nim przez wiecej niz godzine. Wstep dla studentow Unii Europejskiej - za darmo. Gdy wrocilam, Marcinowi nie chcialo sie juz wchodzic na gore, bo byly wlasnie najgorsze godziny upalu. Czesc tego czasu przespalismy w cieniu, poszlam tez zamoczyc sie pod plazowy prysznic ze 2 razy, ale wysychalam w 10 minut. Przed godz. 16ta wyszlismy na droge, ale przez 3 godz. udalo nam sie przemiescic tylko 12km. Bralismy bardziej na litosc (upal), niz dlatego, ze ktos jechal tam, gdzie my. O godz. 18:30, gdy juz stracilismy nadzieje, zatrzymal sie Alabanczyk z dwojgiem rodzicow i... zawiozl nas prosto do Sparty. Grecji gratulujemy zagranicznych turystow. Bez nich, ja do tej pory, bylibysmy bez szans.

ENGLISH:

From Poros we took a boat to the other side, which took about 5 min and... we already were in Peloponnese, in Galatas. We bought a melon and asked an old man about the road to Nafplio. He answered his beautiful clear English that he could take us a few km out of the town. We found out he was   an English man from Norfolk that had been living in Greece for 6 years. Before we started stopping cars, we ate a melon - it was probably the best melon I have ever eaten. It was freaking hot out there. Firstly there stopped an Indian man for us, then an Albanian guy with a few-year-old daughter and he took us to Epidauros. In Epidauros we went to a beach there and spent a couple of hours on swimming in the sea and sleeping in the shade. We really couldn`t stand that heat. In the late afternoon we headed up the mountain, in order to walk towards the main road. This time ate a watermelon before we started walking. We had about 2-3km to climb, still in a horrible sun. I really thought I would pass out by the end of it. We didn`t even have an energy to see the ancient theatre of Epidauros, that it located several km from the town. We were taken by two Dutch men instead and they drove us to the local road going towards Nafplio. We were about to give it up, when a Grek man (the very first Greek!) would stop with a pick-up full of melons and watermelons, and we travelled with him the last 30km to Nafplio. He even gave us a melon when saying goodbyeJ . We left our backpacks at a fast food where we ate our dinner and we were wandering around the town, trying to find a place where we could stay overnight. The town seemed to never end, and the beach was full of stones. We gave up at 1am and chose the beach to sleep at.
13th July
When we woke up in the morning, we had an amazing view at the bay and the fortress-castle in a hill. And the stone beach was actually pretty comfortable to sleep in. Already at 8am there were quite a few people swimming in that place. We also didn`t miss the opportunity for a swim.
Later on we walked with our backpacks closer to the hill and while Marcin was staying with our luggage, I went to climb up. I made it through... 999 stairs, which I was told when already at the top! The view was breathtaking though. The place was pretty huge, I was wandering around for over an hour. The entrance for the EU students - for free. When I got back downstairs, Marcin couldn`t be bothered to take his turn, as there was already the hottest time of the day. Part of this time we would spend on sleeping in a shade, I also went under the beach shower a couple of times, but I`d dry out within 10 min. Before 4pm we finally moved our butts to the road. During 3 hours we only moved 12km. We`d stop people rather because they felt sorry for us (the heat), not because they were going in the direction where we were. At 6:30pm when we lost any hopes, we stopped an Albanian guy with his parents in the car and... they took us straight to Sparta. Congratulations the foreign tourists, Greece! Without them we would have been without any chances by far.
 
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