Greece 1: Getting There

Greetings from the sea front at Stoupa on the Mani peninsular where I am on holiday. Due the fact that I can only connect to the internet when in Stoupa my posts will be somewhat sporadic, and will come in bunches (eight in total today if the internet connection and my laptop battery both hold out).

Owing to the fact that my flight out left Gatwick at 5:40AM on Tuesday, I departed King’s Lynn on the 21:37 train on Monday, and achieving precisely the set of connections indicated by both thetrainline and google maps (King’s Lynn – Finsbury Park – Victoria – Gatwick), I arrived at the airport at 00:45 and sat down to wait until I could move towards my flight. After a few trifling delays, the flight took off a tiny bit late, and therefore arrived at Kalamata at 11:10 local time rather than just before 11 as scheduled. Still, I had a seat and got a drinkable and not too extortionate coffee, which is the best to be hoped for when flying with squeezy jet.

I also managed to stay awake until a reasonably sensible time of night, so adapting to Greek time without too much of a hitch. Here are some early Greek photos…

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This is one of several mosaics in the house in Tseria where I am staying.
This is one of several mosaics in the house in Tseria where I am staying.

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A map of Europe which actually marks Fakenham!
A map of Europe which actually marks Fakenham!
We are an hour's drive from Kalamata, home of the olive.
We are an hour’s drive from Kalamata, home of the olive.
The views toward the sea are quite stunning!
The views toward the sea are quite stunning!

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The Mani is the middle of the three spurs pointing south from the Peloponnese.
The Mani is the middle of the three spurs pointing south from the Peloponnese.

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This mosaic took several attempts to get right, ultimately needing the use of the flashbulb.
This mosaic took several attempts to get right, ultimately needing the use of the flashbulb.
This is my parent's holiday house from outside.
This is my parent’s holiday house from outside.
This arrangement of solar panels and external hot water tank is commonplace in Greece.
This arrangement of solar panels and external hot water tank is commonplace in Greece.
Told you it showed Fakenham!
Told you it showed Fakenham!

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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