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Across the Adriatic

sunny 25 °C

The train from Siena in Tuscany took us to Ancona on the Adriatic coast where we boarded a giant ferry bound for Greece...
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We had deliberated as to whether or not we should book berths for the 18 hour overnight crossing but in the end decided that as it was early June there should be berths available. There didn't seem to be anyone buying tickets at the port, but we were latecomers having missed our train in Siena due to the fact that we caught the right bus from the city centre to the railway station - but it went in the wrong direction. The bus took us on an hour- long circuitous route and we missed our train by 5 minutes. So, by the time we arrived at the ferry port in Ancona we were clearly the last to board. In fact, as it turned out, we were the only ones to board. Apart from the many truck drivers who had their own accommodations we were the only passengers on a ferry built for a thousand. Our tickets included berths in segregated dormitories and, despite the fact that we were alone, we could not fraternise - we could not canoodle. However, we were able to watch the sunset together on deck...

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The Greek port of Patras is not particularly photogenic so we took a tiny train into the nearby mountains to the village of Kalavrita...

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The train was so small that it had only two seats in 1st class and we took both of them...

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From Patras we took trains around the Peloponnese passing tiny villages and ancient churches...

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Along the coast we spotted this shipwreck...

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Finally we arrived in Kalamata and rented a car to drive to the historic hidden gem of Monemvasia.

Posted by Hawkson 16:54 Archived in Greece

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