Dave the motorhome’s new front tyres are smelling good, and are having a rest from yesterday’s mountain-forced twists and turns, not rolling an inch today as we’ve stayed put at Eretria, Isle of Euboea, Greece (N38.38970 E23.80172).
The winds seem to fall into a rhythm on the coastline in Greece. First thing in the morning the air is still and cool. The sea’s surface is lazy, an expanse of mercury. As the day moves on and the sun cracks the whip, the air starts to move. Tiny waves appear, crashing on the shore with the power of an angry child’s fist. Mid afternoon there’s a lull. The heat’s sweltering and we hide in Dave, Charlie panting from his exertions chasing bits of chopped palm tree about the beach. A sudden rush of air from the sea blasts Dave and we thankfully pull back the curtains, letting the cool take battle with the fiery sun. Finally things settle into the evening with a soft breeze, the sea taking on the sound of a distant washing machine.
Eretria’s been around for 2500 years, has its own ancient theatre and museum operated with the Swiss School of Archaeology no less. The name ‘Eretria’ means ‘city of rowers’ and Wikipedia informs us the city was mentioned as sending ships into the mythical Trojan war. These days it’s a small package holiday resort, the odd tout jumping up from his restaurant seat as we approach welcoming us with ‘hello!, bonjour?’. It’s an easy going place, we’re parked in prime position amidst the palms adjacent to the modern bar-tavernas and no-one’s bothered. A pack of six wild dogs is entertaining us, trying to eat passing car’s bumpers or unfortunate moped rider’s handlebars.
We’ve not been to any of the historical stuff, instead taking a walk around the town and generally chilling out. Ju spotted a vets on the way in yesterday and we decided Charlie needs a tick collar. His standard out-of-the-UK Advantix skin-applied treatment is only lasting two weeks before he’s picking up ticks again. The vet, who of course spoke perfect English, explained the ticks are bad here, we need both the collar and to use the Advantix. €15 later and he’s sporting a second collar, which the vet told us should last the 3 months we have on the way back to the UK. She pointed out the fluffy cat on the counter was called ‘Zoro’, as the cute mini lioness had a black fur pattern around the eyes much resembling a mask. I missed all this as I’d spotted some computer coding books on a shelf, the second vet/assistant was teaching himself xcode, a development environment for Apple products. Computers call me from afar…
We’ve also invested in a bottle of blue loo chemicals for the first time in months. Lots of folks recommend using biological washing tablets or powder, which is much cheaper and easier to get. We’ve had a few stench-accompanied drives through the hot mountain roads of late though, and wonder what folks we pass or pull up alongside must think! Washing tablets seem to work OK but once the heat’s up in the 30’s, maybe we need something more powerful?
The Albania poll brought back an encouraging response for us to head over there, so we’ll do just that. Thanks to everyone who took part and sent us comments and emails, much appreciated!
The plan for tomorrow? Dunno. Time to get the map out, but I guess we’ll head a bit further south on the island. This morning tractors worked the beach, clearing away what little flotsam there was. I guess they’re building up to an influx of folks from Athens at the weekend, so maybe we’re in for a busy couple of days wherever we go. We don’t mind, more folks = more fun, the Greeks know how to unwind.
P.S. It got hot today. While we hid in the heat in Dave we had a bit of fun with Charlie: