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DAY 1

September 6th 2015


The holiday all started with a McDonald's breakfast muffin and coffee for £3.39 at Gatwick after Apostrophe's didn't have any bacon rolls at 4am :shock:

We were then called at the eerie hour of 5am to walk to gate 25, after a long walk I think we were somewhere in the middle of Reigate

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Our flight was with Germania Airlines for the first time, now does the A319 go to Reigate or was that the type of plane we were going on?. Here it is, perhaps Gatwick was trying to hide it from me.

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on boarding it looked fine

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I think it had been refurbished at some time

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TV sets dropped down every 4th row and after the safety procedures, we were treated to a free film if you had earphones or they could be purchased for 3 euros each. We had earphones but the film wasn't very appealing to us and the screen was in a row far, far away (should have gone to specsavers lol).

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It wasn't Star Wars but the film Blend

free coffee and tea for us but in small cups

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then came the free breakfast I could have made another McMuffin lol, the sausage was a bit herbie but was fine

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then another two runs of free drinks, all done by one guy serving our section of the plane

I probably had a little doze having been up for 24 hours and soon we were approaching Preveza at 8:45am

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Preveza is a military airport so I am affraid there is no more photos of the plane etc but as we stepped off the heat just hit you, it was in the high 30's lol

but we were on the coach and away at 9:32am

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and at 10:27am we were at Nidri (obviously we now had to put our watches on two hours Greek time of 12:27pm)

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Our room plus another guests room were not ready but we were offered a free drink in the hotel grounds overlooking the sea, so we enjoyed a beer slightly earlier than planned lol, yes it was beer, that was the free water on the table given to us by Sunvil on the coach

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Soon our cases were taken upstairs for us and the room was ready, I popped out to the balcony and this was going to be our view for the next two weeks, Nidri harbour and promenade restaurants would be two hundred metres down that way

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The room

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It has a fridge too and we are on b/b basis

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beds are ready comfy

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and the bathroom

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wait a minute, what's that? it has a marble wall in front putting the toilet inside the shower unit lol. Apparently not all rooms have this feature, for the man he would feel like Eric Bristow walking up to the Oche line to throw darts. This proved even more difficult for the ladies with their toes jammed tightly up against it and even getting the toes above it would feel like they are in birth position. Further trials took place with my shorts around my ankles, as to how I could get to bin side without doing a Fosbury Flop. However, a technique was mastered and unlike the Queen we were not going to be on the throne for too long each day lol


So Mrs Db did some unpacking and it was proving too hot to even do that, so air conditioning was purchased at 5€s a day for the first week to see how the temperatures went.

After purchasing some water from the supermarket we had purchased a kettle and brought it with us to have a cup of tea on the balcony.

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and we could watch all shipping come in and out of the harbour

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soon it was time for dinner, there are lots of restaurants on the road, the road is closed to traffic after 7:00pm but the system doesn't really completely work because taxi's seem exempt, also motorcycles (which there are many) still come through and other cars still ignore the closed signs. However, more comfortable to walk the road at this time. However, road hasn't any sea breeze, so it is the promenade for us tonight

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There are loads of restaurants on the promenade

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If you read the menu's, some restos use beautiful greek girls to lure you in like Sirens, that never works on me lol, "hi Delboy, come and see our Greek delights", ok this one will do Mrs Db lol.

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Oh they have cheese pies Mrs Db lol

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As I was in Greece, I has a Mexican Chicken

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Mrs Db had Kleftiko

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unusually served in tinfoil but both meals were nice

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with a view of the big boats that take you around the islands

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The whole place had a vibrant feel to it, with people of all ages enjoying the place

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hopefully gives you an idea

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END OF DAY 1


DAY 2

After a good nights sleep, I awoke at 7:36am (UK time 5:36am) to find I had just missed sunrise by about 6 minutes lol but if I were to get some decent shots I really needed to be on the beach

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Breakfast was fairly basic with choices of yogurt and honey, cornflakes, croissants, cheese, ham, juice, tea and coffee but that suited us as we usually have that self catering. An English breakfast at our hotel was 7€s but could be bought all over the resort

and we could take it in the garden

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or eat it on the terrace

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Mrs Db was in charge of the toast machine and she burnt mine :shock:

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The reps meeting was at 10:00am, where our rep Julie gave information about walks, buses, boat trips and various other details on the different islands. I somehow managed to get suntan lotion in my eye which was smarting and was difficult for me at this time to take it all in but hopefully I can fill you all in as the holiday progresses. So for us now it was the beach, a short five metre walk lol. Sunbeds were 6€'s a set but others generally were 5€'s

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The place looks empty but by lunchtimes all the beds will be filled but there are only a couple of rows of beds

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as you can see the beach is more gravel and stones but the 'sandy resorts' have been given up by us for the views this time

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which i hope you will see as the holiday goes on

Lunchtime was a beer in the hotel grounds

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and a shared Greek salad

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and some cheese and ham rolls

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this afternoon was spent on the beach, where I met up with TA member Mort8 and her friends, it was nice to meet them all and thank you for all the info they gave me

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and about half five, it was a cup of tea on the balcony

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evening came and we walked along the promenade

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The traffic is kept away from the promenade in the evenings and works quite well

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Come inside Delboy, said the lady in black standing on the right,

oh alright then, if we must but this attractive lady ploy just doesn't wash with me lol

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a litre of house wine seems to range between 8 and 10€'s, the rep did tell us they don't have Rose wine, so they mix red and white together, some put more red in, so flavours vary lol

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I had the chef's lamb and Mrs Db had Giouvetsi

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My lamb was a lamb shank cooked in a nice tomato sauce with vegetables and covered in cheese, very nice indeed

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Mrs Db was only showing rice but it had beef and a sauce inside which she said was very nice

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Then for us it was a short walk back for a coffee on the balcony

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END OF DAY TWO

DAY THREE

Well no sunsets here on the East coast but the sun rises at around 7:30am so I wanted to get those shots whilst here

The local cat's go fishing for food at this time of the morning and I was wondering whether I could get a shot of it with the sun rising

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however, they are so scared of people walking passed, if a jogger or swimmer is about they are off but this one was so good

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You get about 4 quick shots of the sun before it reaches too high and too bright to take

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Lovely this time of the morning

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Then it was back for morning tea with Mrs Db in just seconds lol

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I did take a breakfast picture but not really much to show, it starts from 8am

Nidri has two bays joined together near the centre of the resort, there are others further on but wouldn't want to be any further from the town without taking taxis's, so I thought I would go to the end of the first bay and walk back to the town to show you what it's all like

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the beach stones seem to be slightly bigger down here

There are day boats to hire all over the resort

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None of them seem to display their prices

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resto's under the trees

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I did out of curiosity ask one of the boat hirers, who told me the 35hp one was 60€'s a day plus fuel and one would be looking at 20/25€'s for the fuel

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So just looking back at the first bay I have just walked

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there is a stream which runs from Nidri waterfall to the sea and a little bridge to cross it

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the river in full flood, has formed a little shingle peninsular between the two bays, so Delboy goes to the end of it

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on the otherside of the shingle is the second bay and in the distance is Nidri harbour which is completely enclosed and a yachter's dream

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at this head point, we can go around passed the watersports and head into town without using the road

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there are hotel restos dotted all along the beach we have walked along, handy to eat at for lunchtime and you don't have to leave the beach

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but here we come to the town's promenade

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with million pound yachts

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It was just before 10am and the cruise boats were all going out, these boats give an all day cruise and was one of the reasons I wanted to go to Nidri

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They all compete for your custom and they have shops and sellers on the front at night, but more on that later

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so how good are you at getting a deal lol

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being a lousy sailor, for me the Macadonia Palace looked the bigger boat, you can also have lunch on board, would i be able to keep it down though ?

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so hope he is careful with those coals lol

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In the centre of the promenade is a statue of the Greek shipping magnet Aristotle Onassis who helped the town prosper

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He owned the island of Scorpios, just a short journey by boat and seen from our balcony lol. Scorpios is owned by the Onassis foundation and leased to a Russian oligarch who has armed guards all over the island and you can't land there on your day boat but more to come on that

I took a picture of this little fishing boat and the fisherman told me, very little fish out there at the moment

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yachts are everywhere down this end of Nidri

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so it was a beer in our hotel grounds

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and a Greek salad and traditional cheese pies lol

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The afternoon was spent on the beach and opposite us was the Island of Madouri, where the Greek poet Aristotelis Valaoritis was born and raised there. His great grand children inherited the Island. I did hear the Russian billionaire tried to buy it but the family do not want to sell.

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and the island of Sparti on our left

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tonight we decided to eat in the Barrel, it is about no 5 rated on trip advisor at this time

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I decide to have the chicken and bacon souvalaki

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It was superb, just the thing for me that

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Mrs Db went for the chicken in mushroom sauce

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and she thought is was lovely

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small ice creams with raisins were given to each on the house

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on asking for the bill, a glass of peach schnapps was given to Mrs Db

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and a glass of Ouzo for me

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a nice evening which ended with a coffee on the balcony

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END OF DAY 3


DAY 4

Blow that, just missed the sunrise, I may have to set an alarm after waking up about 4am for two hours then ended up falling asleep again lol

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today was said to be a cloudy and I thought I would do a run of the restos and a view of the town

this was Tom's which sits overlooking the beach next to the town

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then Roots that has one side of the resto on the prom and over looks the beach as well, there are also a couple of bars between Tom's and Roots

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The Barrel where we ate last night

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Panorama where we ate the night before

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oh the Viking ship is just going out, it does have oars on board should it breakdown lol

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lots of bars and restaurants to suit all down this run

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The Yefsi where we ate on our first night

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over the holiday we found that most restos accepted an elderly guy going around the restaurants playing a violin (each time to us it gives the cringe factor). Also a footballer doing football tricks to music on the street outside each restaurant in turn but he was good for the first time of seeing lol

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even a Chinese

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If you're driving around, Nidri has a couple of big car parks this on near the end of town
this one doesn't have much cover though, so your car would get hot

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petrol varied in prices, i saw one garage was 1.42€'s and another on the way to Lefkada was 1.52€'s so you need to shop around for petrol, diesel looks much cheaper than here
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loads of bakeries in town

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and restos doing breakfasts

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this road looks quite empty but traffic is always running through despite a bypass at the back and you have to keep your wits about you, as traffic runs on the wrong side of the road lol

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Travel and exchange places, some charge commission here but ok rates, one guy said 1.32 after commission but not sure what the interbank rate was at that time

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The chemists. Nidri is a working town and I even found a shop selling chain saws lol

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There are doctors but they are all private, nearest hospitial is in Lefkada town where you can use your EHIC card but a taxi ride away

Nidri's only bank, there apparently 5 atm's but I only came across two Atm's in my walks, this is one of them

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JD's run by an English lady who went out for a holiday 7 years ago and stayed there

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The town's church and their clock tower, where you can set your watch to it, one ding on the half hour too lol

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so that is just a glimpse of the town and hope it gives you a good idea of the place

so it was back to Mrs Db for lunch, it had been cloudy but was still very warm

we tried Gregory's on beach, beer was 3€'s


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Mrs Db had a club sandwich

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I had a simple omelete lol

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this is the Russian Billionaire's boat which has turned up on Scorpios, the island beyond, obviously heard Delboy was in town lol

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After a short time on the beach, rain was forecast and a lightening storm was due tomorrow and by evening it had just started to rain, so we grabbed our packamacs and just got to the first resto 'the barrel' before it started to come down heavy (so we went there again for safety) lol


I had the beef fillet with peppercorn sauce, Mrs Db had the chicken and bacon souvlaki that I had the time before

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the place has a roof that opens and closes like Wimbledon and a bit dark I should have used flash. It was tipping down outside and I was expecting Cliff Richard to get up and sing lol

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we were given our free pudding, then me an ouzo and of course Mrs Db got her peach schnapps

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There was a break in the rainfall and it was time to go back

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The main storm was due in the early hours, could I get picture, err no, it was slashing down around 2am to even get on the balcony and we only got several flashes, we had missed the majority of the storm as it was further north

END OF DAY 4

DAY 5

Well I was up for sunrise this morning but was there going to be one :shock: I hung around and got a few dramatic pictures but no real sunrise but it just didn't happen

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Now one of Nidri attractions is a waterfall and it had been reduced to a trickle over 3 months without rain, so Delboy headed off following the river bed which the river flows out to the sea, at the broken bridge I took a pic of earlier. The road goes to the bypass and it took me 6 mins but I don't hang around

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From here, one has to cross the bypass to the road opposite, so watch out for traffic coming in different directions

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you cross the riverbed twice before you reach a couple of tavernas each side of the road

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you turn right passed the taverna's and head towards that blue notice in the distance

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Now this sign is important, as a left turn will take you up into the mountains and the right takes you to the waterfall

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along here on the right is a folklore museum, 20 mins walk to here

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the road divides here but you keep to the right and the notice says 1000m to the fall

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Also passing Nidri's football ground

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It's then a long road until you come to a car park
then one realises the crowd is going to be the size of a football match lol

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a bit further along, there is a Taverna there and in my ramble is took me 40 minutes

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There is a long pathway set out with handrails, which runs for about a further 10 minutes

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Then you get to this spot, I actually took this picture as I was leaving, as people were wading in there when I arrived

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going through the archway

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at this point, most elderly people would only see the waterfall from this postion because one has to take a tricky walk over stepping boulders, stratically placed over the water or climb a boulder. However, I haven't come all the this way here to just see this, so it's over the tricky stepping stones, hoping my camera don't go in, as the rocks here after last night's rain are extremely slippery

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well here it is :shock:

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I was warned, apparently Scandinavians often take all their clothes off and dive into this freezing water lol

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Here are the slippery boulders to get up, I'm going to go over the boulder on the left of that young couple which has a metre jump the otherside

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Lunchtime was in the trendy Di Paris restaurant with comfy chairs

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Mrs Db had the chef's salad which she was raving about for several days later lol. pleased with my picture of it too lol

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I had the Grecian Burger

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and very nice it was too, with my own little basket of chips lol (recommend them)

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evening came and we went to the Apollen after reading good reports of them being generous with freebies lol

Mrs Db had the beef stamnia

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I was struggling to go for too much, after my lunchtime burger, so went for lamb souvalaki

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Then came a free pudding each

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then Mrs Db was given a free bailey's with a coffee and me a brandy and coffee

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then i asked for the bill and Mrs Db was given a lovely liquor and me another brandy, how do they do it :shock:

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we will go again lol

then it was back to the hotel to have another coffee on the balcony, see the road is closed this side of the barrier but the car comes through

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END OF DAY 5

DAY 6

Well I was up in time for the sunrise but again the sun was not playing ball lol

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lunchtime was at Gregory's just along the beach

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I had tuna salad and mrs Db had the chef's salad

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today I am going to attempt the walk up the mountain to get views all over Nidri, unfortunately there is a bit of cloud about and I have been told the best time to be up there is 4:30pm to get the best colours. I have seen the views on postcards and they look amazing, so I am going to leave about 3:00pm but it's still hot at this time of day and this is just a reconnoitre.

remember this sign from yesterday, instead of going to the waterfall we are going left to Vafkeri, remember to take plenty of water with you, as there are no tavernas passed here lol

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first of all the road on the left seems to be going downhill , the right is someone drive, a bit disturbing, as I wanted to get up the mountain not down lol

it kept going down

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but eventually levelled out at this bend and the road then splits, I always record my route should I get lost lol

the sign says the monastery of Taxiarches, I am assuming that's the right way

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but at least it's heading to some mountains lol

I was told that one doesn't need to go up to the top to get some of the views but the road seem to be leading behind the mountain

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but as I got near it, the road fortunately swept around the front of the mountain and I was on my way up

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and i could see the views coming

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but I was never going to be happy with that ,so it's onwards and up lol

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the views are getting better but the colour of sea is not blue but I'm still early

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so going up higher

There is the foolball pitch I saw yesterday lol

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at the top of the road it bends and continues to climb

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so up we go further

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the road continues to go up

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yet another layer of road to go to the top, Delboy isn't giving up lol

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This would be the last leg up but it must be easier going down lol

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Now at the top a bit early but the sea is still not very blue

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I just might have to do it all again on a sunny day lol, I promised mrs Db I would be back by 6pm, hopefully I'll get some better shots from the top next time, to show how it really can be

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Tonight we would eat in Basilico's, we read on TA that one could wait a while for your meal but we are in no hurry

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I ordered the chicken in sweet and sour

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Mrs Db had fillet of pork in Porto wine

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we did have a long wait but wasn't bothered but not worth the wait

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The free pudding was nice

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then a walk back to the hotel for coffee

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END OF DAY 6


DAY 7

Up for the sunrise today and Delboy had a cunning plan, could he get a picture of the sun to appear through that hole

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As I said, I get about 4 photos before the sun blocks me out and that rusty post might help defract the light

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today was Saturday premier football was on and I love checking the scores in my fantasy league team, so a day on the beach

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lunchtime, we walked to Tom's resto along the beach

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we had peppers stuffed with cheese and a greek salad between us, plus beers of course

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forgot the menu but here is the bill lol

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So now on our balcony with a cup of tea at 5:30pm (Greek time) with my Hudl (and free wifi) getting the scores lol

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After a nice day on the beach we got changed to go to go out to dinner, unfortunately Mrs Db tripped on something and ran forward trying to save herself and went a real pearler. Mrs Db and I were both in shock and fortunately a kind lady took command and both she and the hotel owner swabbed Mrs Db who had cut her lip, nose and leg. We went back to the room where I thought Mrs Db would have two black eyes but puttting a flannel and ice over her face it turned out to be grit from the road. She was so lucky that nothing was broken.

However, we called it a night and no dinner was had

About 12:30am I heard the party boat return, it goes out on a Saturday with two DJ's and disappears around the islands somewhere and that was the only time we heard anything apart from the lightening lol

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Fireworks greeted it back to shore

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END OF DAY 7

DAY 8

It was near sunrise

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and the cat didn't want to pose for me

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But a fishing boat came in :cheers:
I did take a shot

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Today we decided to sit on the chairs in the hotel ,as Mrs Db was feeling a little stiff and shocked and thought getting off a sunbed would be too much but luckily nothing broken

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we could still see all activities in the shade

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Lunchtime we popped along to JD's recommended to us and run by the English lady who i mentioned earlier

for our first experience of eating on the road lol

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we both had omeletes

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IMO the best omelettes of the holiday

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evening came

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and we did a slow walk to the promenade

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and decided to eat in Flisvos

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Mrs Db decided to have swordfish, as it may be easier on her sore lips

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I had the lamb chops

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nice barbeque flavour

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and a free chocolate and ginger pudding

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and it was back to the hotel for coffee on our balcony

END OF DAY 8


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