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Through the night I get a lovely text message from Angela wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. The itinerary for today is to find the ancient ruins of Epidavros as the guide books say that is has the most impressive preserved classical Greek theatre from ancient times probably in the world. It was built in the 3rd century Not sure that the photographs will do it true justice either. Impressive? Certainly is!! The acoustics are exceptional and a bunch of French cyclists of late middle ages demonstrate this first by one clapping from the centre of the stage area. A group of them then sing a short verse. It is said that a coin dropped in the centre can be heard from the highest seat.
We dutifuly walk through the museum in the complex and view more stone works and statues.. Our northwards journey to Athens takes us along the best bit of coastline yet. Stop and buy a large bag of oranges from an old bloke along the side of the road. Start seeing signs on the road in English and Greek to "watch out for dangerous bents". At the time I am negotiating some rather dangerous bends and never ever saw the 'bents'!! Before we get to the isthmus that connects the little bit of southern Greece to the mainland we stop for lunch at Anemos Beach. A club sandwich and a plate of nibbles which include octopus, sardines, olives, tomato, cheese and bread with olive oil drizzled all over them, topped off with two cold beers.
Drawing closer to Athens we see the huge smog haze hanging over the top. That is city for you I guess. Andrew carefully directing me we make it to the outskirts of Athens then spend 2 hours looking for a camping ground out of the three listed on the AA 2006 map. Finally in desperation we pay a taxi driver to lead us to any one. On checking in the woman said that lots of UK people seem to have trouble. On looking at our map she dismisses the other two as non-existant, one for over 14 years now! It is on a 6 lane highway and the traffic noise is constant but it is on a bus route to the city centre. There are many cats in this camp and olive, mulberry and orange trees. K8 sends an SMS wishing me a happy mother's day.
Take the bus into town then take the Metro for 4 stations and step up onto the street to join the thousands visiting the great Acropolis, Parthenon the Caryatids, Temple of Zeuss with Hadrian's Gate ( that builder got around a bit didn't he?).
Tuesday we have to get up at 5.
The island boasts medieval and Byzantine monuments. It is a long day and we return via transport to the camp. We begin to realise that the Eurovision Song Compitition is about to happen in the next few days and it is to be in Athens!! No wonder it is so busy.
At 3 pm we are on the way to the NE coast of Volos and straight into solid traffic jams. Not far along we hear a tap and know that something has touched the van. I glare at the silver VW behind and Andrew writes down his Rego number as the traffic takes off for about 200 metres. Then Andrew gets out, runs round the back of the van and checks it out. Sees nothing so we are relived. Forty five mins later we are out of Athens and having a burger as we get back in I see a scrape and a slight depression about rib high and realise too lat that a truck or bus must have squeezed past and don the damage. We are furious but now we have no idea who did it. Greek drivers!