|Had pretty good weather when we returned from Corfu. On the weekend we drove around the island, Levkas – stunning, even when overcast. The west coast is lovely, the waters emerald green and lined with beautiful mountains covered with pine forests.
Went back to Corfu for a few days to stay on our new boat – yes we have another boat – this one for blue water cruising. More on that later, especially as the Brexit outcome / result dictates a lot of what comes next.
Having the car is great, we spent last weekend travelling around on the mainland. We stayed in Ioaninna and drove around the mountains in the Zagori National Park. Something very special – the views of the Vikos gorge were absolutely amazing. (The Vikos Gorge is a gorge in the Pindus Mountains of northern Greece. It lies on the southern slopes of Mount Tymfi, with a length of about 20 km, depth ranging from 120 to 490 m, and a width ranging from 400 m to only a few meters at its narrowest part.)
Just driving around the mountains was a great experience – still lots of snow on the caps and vast views.
We took the wrong road heading for the motorway to take us to Dodoni. We thought we’d go along the lakeside but we ended up going through the mountains with absolutely wonderful views over the lake and valleys.
Visited the amphitheatre and sanctuary of Dodoni (Dodoni is a historical place in Greece mainly known for the ancient theatre and oracle of Dodoni that have been found there for thousands of years. They are two integral pieces of the Greek culture, the Greek history and tradition. The archaeological space of Dodoni is found 22 km south-west of the city of Ioannina on the foot of Mount Tomaros and it is the pride of Epirus. It is not absolutely sure where the name Dodoni came from, however it is likely that it came from the homonymous Oceanid Nymph or from River Dodonos.)
Then we went and explored the old town of Ioannina. Had a wander around the castle / citadel and the town within the walls. Saw Ali Pasha’s residence and mosque. Fabulous.
Wanted to go to the island on the lake for lunch but there were no local ferries and we didn’t want to go back into the city centre to catch a tourist ferry. So we stopped and had lunch at a restaurant near our hotel and enjoyed local delicacies such as eel and frogs legs.
On the way home from Ioannina we tried to go to Cassope. Got all the way up a very windy road with wonderful views only to get to the entrance being closed (because it’s Monday). Not happy as it was a pretty stressful drive the mountain. (Kassope occupies a magnificent and remote site on a high platform overlooking the sea, the Ambracian Gulf and the fertile lands to the south, and with the slopes of the Zalongo mountain to the north. It is considered one of the best remaining examples of a city built on a rectilinear street grid of a Hippodamian plan in Greece).
We also stopped off at Nicopolis (https://www.secret-greece.com/nikopolis-ancient-city-greece/) which is so impressive. We didn’t see most of it, as it’s a huge site, but what we did see was great.