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27 December 2006

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scruff

Stavro,

Never walked the length of any island and I'm jealous. Although I've ran the width (jogged) of Crete from Paxia Ammos to Ierapetra.

But, I know what you mean. Unfortunately, my wife isn't fond of backpacking. However, on Poros once, I walked for a few hours up away from the main town and had lunch at a Taverna and told them I had walked from the main town and they were impressed.

Stavros

Scruff,

Tell her it's a great way to keep the weight off, that will get her attention. It's all about making it fun and picking a good route. Try not to turn it into a Bataan Death March.

Scruff

Bataan Death march? Hey I like that. Thanks for the advice.

Hermes

I like this entry. I have done a bit of trekking in Greece but now that I am ageing and less inclined to burn the midnight lamp in bars across Greece I hope to do more.

Hermes

Stavros, one more thing, I met an 71 year old man on the ferry from Zakynthos once and he was busy writing in a notebook and taking photographs. I said hello and asked him what he was doing. He told me that he had retired several weeks ago and was now going to travel around Greece for one year, he said "To see my country before I die". This was the first leg of his trip in the Ionians.

That inspired me to want to do the same one day. However, I want to see the present and past Hellas. So I plan to travel around Sicily, Apulia, Calabria, Crimea, Pontos, Cyprus, Lycia. All great trekking regions from what I heard and read. Apparently, there is a monk at some almost abandoned monastary in Apulia who has tried to re-introduce Orthodoxy in Italy and there are still old Greek villages in Lycia that are empty. The local rural Turks have not settled out of respect.

Christina

Stavros,
I just read your entry to my husband who has made several back country excursions out west. Several years ago we talked about trekking through Peloponnesus, but with two small children, it just doesn't look like it will happen any time soon. I hope that when they are older, we'll be in good health and able to tackle it!
Keep up the good work on your blog--lots of interesting entries that I need to catch up on.
Christina

Stavros

Christina,

When a couple become parents, their lives change radically. The relationship often takes a backseat to the needs of the kids (as it should be. When your kids are older you can take them with you. In the meantime, maybe yiayia and papou can spend a weekend with them and the two of you can go hiking and get reacquainted.

Thanks for the kind words.

Richard

I've never considered Greece as a hiking destination before. To be honest I've never really been to Greece. However, I did stop off in Greece on an Ocean Cruise one time and a local Taxi driver took us to meet his family. We were treated with wonderful hospitality. Greece looks and sounds like a great place to hike so I'll definately put it down on my list of places to hike.

Richard Griffin
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