Category Archives: Greece

Thessaloniki to Istanbul

There are some cycling records that are truly remarkable feats of human endurance. The round the year award which is to cover as much distance as possible over the course of a 12 month period is probably the most impressive. The current record was set by Tommy Goodwın in 1938 when he rode a staggering 75,065 miles … Continue reading Thessaloniki to Istanbul

Paros to Thessaloniki – Back on the road

Things had changed while we were on Paros and I don’t just mean the tyres on the bike. Greece now has a brand new government and many people are half joking about the possible return of the Drachma to replace the unpopular Euro. It’s impossible to speak to anyone here for more than 5 minutes … Continue reading Paros to Thessaloniki – Back on the road

Weeks 2 and 3 on Paros

At around 11 o’clock each morning we hear the jingle jangle of goat bells on the hills above the garden. The goat herder spends all day walking them round the valley while they eat everything in their path so the trick is to not walk them over the same route until the scrub has had … Continue reading Weeks 2 and 3 on Paros

Week 1 on Paros

By popular demand here are a few stats from the journey so far: Total distance ridden: 8554km Number of countries visited: 23 Nights in the tent: 83/141 Coldest night in tent: -6c Highest altitude: 1,233m Longest day: 121km (Brighton to Felixstowe) Number of ferry journeys: 24 Favourite country for biscuits: Latvia Favourite country for pastries: … Continue reading Week 1 on Paros

Christmas on Crete, New Year in Athens

Christmas in the UK is nothing if not predictable. We’re introduced to the idea that it’s on its way with a few hints around September with shops bringing in the odd bit of Christmas paraphernalia and bars and restaurants imploring us to make that Christmas party booking ‘NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!’. It creeps up … Continue reading Christmas on Crete, New Year in Athens

The Peloponnese

While travelling through Eastern Europe we’ve brushed up on a lot of our knowledge of modern history so have a much better idea of how all these countries have changed shape over the past decades. I’m not sure I’d be any more capable of remembering the date lines that Mr Symonds used to try and … Continue reading The Peloponnese

The Ionian Islands

We were told by Doerte way back in Lübeck that after travelling for four weeks you stop counting the number of weeks. She had learnt this while on a 3 month tour round Europe in a camper van. Apparently we’re now into our 4th month on the road but it’s only the number of each … Continue reading The Ionian Islands