Momemvasia

Trip Start Apr 18, 2014
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Trip End Jun 15, 2014


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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Sunday, April 27, 2014

We arrived in Momemvasia late in the afternoon after a bus ride and a beach front lunch in Limani. Georgious worked his magic in getting the bus up to our hotel in 'new' Momevasia where we are staying in a hotel overlooking the very large rock island that is the 16th century "lower" and "upper" old Momemvasia. We can't actually see the lower town as it is nestled into the rock at the side of the mountain. The upper town is only ruins and we can just make out a few of then at the very top.

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. Wearing our best walking shoes and bringing jackets for the wind, we headed through the gates into the lower town. We were in for a treat. The icon of the Golden Mary was to be celebrated by a parade through the town by all the senior clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church. It was a spectacle!

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.
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Brenda & Pete Furmato on

You guys are AMAZING! Sounds like a great trip! We just returned Thursday from a transatlantic 14 night cruise on the Ruby Princess then stayed in London in a great hotel, The Grosvenor House...located across from Hyde Park. Fianally got to Paris on this cruise..great tour thru Princess. Also went to Lisbon, Portugal, Bermuda, Bilbao Spain, Normandy France and docked in So. Hampton. Again, we had great table mates...both couples from England. Today I rec'd an email from "Michael & Gunda," who are back in Germany from their transatlantic cruise out of Florida..Funny thing, I was tossing between the Celebrity and the Princess line for that trip..
Keep posting...have a safe journey!

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