Trip Start Apr 18, 2014
19Trip End Jun 15, 2014
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Dinner is on our own after a town tour with the group. There isn't much to see in the new town but a very good pastry shop was recommended and we brought a wonderful piece of chocolate cake for dessert back to the hotel.
The next morning we left to take the shuttle bus across the causeway to tour the Venetian Momemvasia
With rain threatening, although this area only receives 8" of rain annually, we then headed up the wall steps to the ruins of the old town. This is where the administration of the city was done and the noble families lived. The area looks small from the bottom but is both larger and flatter than we expected. The best preserved building is the Agia Sophia but not open as it is still being restored. We hiked up and around the top of the rock and were treated to spectacular views of both the coast and the surrounding mountains.
The whole island is covered with wildflowers at this time of year. A month later and David says that the whole area will be dry and brown. The contrast of the brilliant colours of the flowers against the brown and grey stones means that that many photographs have been taken by both of us.
We returned down the steep paths in a light rain shower and a wind storm that made me very glad I had worn a jacket and not carried my umbrella. We had a wonderful late lunch, toured back through the town, chatted with a well known local artist as we bought a poster, and then, ignoring our ticket for the shuttle bus, launched ourselves into the wind and walked back along the causeway to town and our hotel.
Dinner that night was a wonderful Greek buffet with what we now think of as regular dishes and new ones including mussels with tomatoes and feta and a pasta with prawns.