Kardamyli is too hard to leave, so we haven’t!

Look very closely and you can see Dave on the left under the power cable - top hiding spot

Dave the motorhome hasn’t moved an inch, he’s loving his prime position next to Kardamyli’s small harbour, looking out over the Messinia Gulf and a mystery island.

After our big driving day yesterday Jay more than deserved a rest day, so that’s what we’ve all had. Dave has put his tyres up and enjoyed the view. Charlie has snuffled, scoffed a dental bone, made a mess and snored a lot. I’ve relaxed and have carried on trying to write a packing list for motorhomers (something we would love to have had before we set off). Jay has snorkelled this morning he made it around the mystery island in front of us, it’s a mystery because there’s a ruin of a house on it and fortress like walls around it, but we can’t find information about it anywhere. He’s talking about an excursion with his shoes tomorrow to see if he can conquer it.

The locals watch the world go by
The locals watch the world go by

The fishermen with their boats in the little harbour behind us have come and gone, saying hello as they pass. It’s quiet here and feels very safe – mopeds left with keys in the ignition, trucks left with windows open. This afternoon we went for a walk around Kardamyli and back along the pebble beach we were eyeing up as a potential sleeping spot yesterday.

Charlie loves to save stones from the sea, but there were too many for the little puppy on this beach
Charlie loves to save stones from the sea, but there were too many for the little puppy on this beach

We’ve reached the conclusion that most people here are old (older than us that is), and they seem to potter around all day keeping the place tidy. Those who are young (our age or below) run the few tourist shops in the village or the numerous rooms, apartments and villas for rent. There’s also a campsite on the other side of town, but it hasn’t opened for the year yet.

Not sure who this is, but as he has two guns and a knife we wouldn't want to mess with him
Not sure who this is, but as he has two guns and a knife we wouldn’t want to mess with him

All around there are signs of things gearing up for the season. Buildings getting a lick of paint, chairs and tables at the campsite were being spray painted yellow or green, a tractor pulling a beach cleaner ambles through town. I guess the supermarkets will stock up too, as the pitiful looking biscuit promotion stand outside one of them only had a couple of packets on it.

Charlie finishes off my cookie ice cream
Charlie finishes off my cookie ice cream

Treating ourselves to an ice cream we made our way back to Dave. Jay got back into his wetsuit, I wrote a bit more and Charlie snored some more. Greece is like being on holiday – we like that!

Look very closely and you can see Dave on the left under the power cable - top hiding spot
Look very closely and you can see Dave on the left under the power cable – top hiding spot

Ju x

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6 Comments

  1. So pleased you are having such a lovely time. I spent the day cleaning washing and weeding! Still, the Portuguese sunshine has well and truly arrived and a break in the afternoon was essential. We are looking forward to your packing list, every little helps ;)
    Did you manage to get a treatment for Charlie? You probably know already, but watch for sand flies and mosquitoes they can make dogs very poorly.
    We still have not found the ‘perfect’ van, mainly because they are so expensive over here, but looking at more over the next few days.
    Have a good evening.
    Jen

    • Hi Jen

      Thanks for the reminder of what we’re missing :) Charlie is on twice weekly doses of Advantix for the mosquitos, sand flies and ticks. We brought enough for a year with us, so we’ll just have to buy some more when he starts to run low – will be back around Germany, France by then where it’s easier to pick up than the UK!

      Keep looking, your perfect van is out there. Would it work out cheaper to buy from Germany or France and drive it back? Not sure about import cost and all that but there seem to be loads – and you make a saving when importing them back to the UK.

      Julie

  2. What a lovely sunset. You really sound like your enjoying every day in Greece and blogs just get better.

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