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Our time in Greece is nearly at an end with one more drive up the coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula. We have spent fifteen days in this country and sadly just as it seems you start to understand a lifestyle, you have to move on. We are already in the habit of buying our bread early and eating it in one day, no preservatives in Greek bread. We take an hour to eat lunch instead of ten minutes and although we can afford to do this with no time constraints it appears that everyone in Greece has a similar idea. What will be, will be and no amount of hurrying will change that. The food has been delicious with one or two exceptions. We had a Mac attack in Athens and a dodgy highway burger somewhere along the way with both leaving us feeling a little ill. Greece has been great for us by forcing us to slow down and look after ourselves a little better. Camping in mostly beach locations has been comfortable as we seem to find we are suited to the water.P1040127

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The sounds of the waves on the beach is familiar and the pace of life has slowed and allowed us to catch up with some sleep and improve our diet again. We have met some great people and had some lovely times. Many Europeans come to Greece year after year and stay in the one place for months at a time bringing everything with them including boats. For them Greece represents an older time when things weren't so hectic and regulations are guides to be followed not absolute law. You can still have a smoke and let your dog walk without a leash, you can bring your dog on a bus or sit in a cafe. This freedom lets old people bring their companion for a walk and allows them to socialise over a coffee early in the morning whilst getting their bread.P1040035

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Enough cannot be said for that kind of interaction where an oldie' will meet with friends everyday for half an hour to check in, laugh, share news or play a game of Tuvley. The government brought in the no smoking law in Greece but it was promptly ignored as i would imagine any other law that effects their lifestyle would be.
The highlights for me in Greece have been Delphi and the Peloponnese. Delphi for it's history and the story of the Oracle, its location in the mountains and the museum make it worthy of being given the "navel of the world" status. P1040101

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The Peloponnese Peninsula for the beautiful drive through mountains, everlasting olive groves and small beachside camping spots with crystal clear water. The people have been very friendly. Greek salad, Calamari and the all time favourite Gyros. It has been a relaxing time and hopefully will not be the last time we are in Greece. I seem to think that about everywhere we go. Andiamo P1040020

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Posted by mike1967 23:56 Archived in Greece

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