My last few days on Kalymnos were very relaxed - no bus journey's or trips over to Telendos - just a couple of days spent chilling in and around Myrties. One day I walked to Melitsachas beach and then I had a little amble around Melitsachas Marina on the way back. The rest of the … Continue reading Last Days on Kalymnos and on to Mastichari – then Home.
I knew from previous visits that the bus service is a perfectly adequate way to get around the island. Apostolis had given me a print out of the bus timetable when I arrived at the hotel so I set off early one morning with this clutched in my hot little hand. Here is the link … Continue reading Kalymnos Chora and Emporios by Bus
The man in the rock was calling me so how could I resist? I awake early and head over to the jetty where the water taxi's depart for Telendos. There was just me and another person waiting for the boat and in 10 minutes we were there. My first impression upon arrival after so many … Continue reading Back to the Little Island of Telendos
My arrival on Kalymnos brought me to my fifth week of this particular journey. However, something strange was happening. It crept up on me out of nowhere and it wasn't something that I expected whilst doing the thing that I love in my beloved Greece. Nonetheless, what I initially described as a bit of homesickness, … Continue reading Kalymnos – It’s Good to See You Again!
When I arrived on Leros a few days ago, the taxi had mistakenly taken me to Pandeli. The upside of this was that I got a glimpse of the Leros windmills sitting majestically on top of the hill. Today I'm going to refresh my memory of them from 18 years ago, so this morning I … Continue reading Early Morning Walk to the Leros Windmills
On my second day on Leros I decide to walk to Lakki. Now I do remember Lakki because all those years ago we had to catch our ferry from there to our next destination and I remember it’s very distinctive Italianesque architecture. The bus does go to Lakki but I still haven’t worked out where … Continue reading Over the Hill to Lakki
It is time to leave Arki. My hosts Stami and Niko are still on Patmos so I arrange to pay for my room with Niko’s mama Georgia. She phones Niko to translate. I have 250€ in cash that I put aside as there is no cash machine on the island and no way to make … Continue reading Farewell Arki and on to Leros
After my long walks across the island to Tiganakia Beach and beyond Limnari Beach, I feel it’s only right that I do what I set out to on Arki and that’s relax. I’m not really a beach person – don’t get me wrong I do love a beautiful beach but I struggle to spend all … Continue reading Settling into the Rhythm of Arki
I arrive on Arki from Patmos on the Dodekanisos Pride or as I’ve come to call her – the Bouncy Bouncy. The thing I love about the Dodek fleet is the way the crew help you on board with your luggage and have it all lined up for you when you disembark. I know this … Continue reading Arki – the Island that Broke my Shoes!
It was late evening by the time I arrived at the Port of Patmos. Unbeknown to me the hotel that I’m staying at has a transfer service. I guess I’m not used to this kind of luxury and hoik my luggage to the hotel regardless. Elen greets a bedraggled and exhausted me at reception and … Continue reading A Flying Visit to Patmos – Door Knocker Paradise
Fourni wasn’t what I expected. I imagined it to be much more low key – maybe not as quiet as Agathonisi but from the moment I arrived on the chaotic ferry journey on the Nissos Chios it was clear that this is a lively island. Saying that, we’re not talking Santorini here –nor anything like … Continue reading Fourni – Final Reflections and Practicalities
Across the straights from Fourni you will be able to see the small settlement on Thymena so close you feel like you can almost touch it. You will see a cluster of whitewashed houses set ampitheatrically (becoming an overused word!) on the hillside with a small mountain looming above. Thymena so called because of the … Continue reading Thymena (Thymaina) Island