UK to Greece Road Trip
04 May 2022
Time to leave and head back to Greece. The apartment looks lovely and we have totally made the right decision to take it back and use it as our bolthole. We had got used to living back on land with plenty of space and both of us were lacking in our usual enthusiasm to leave. We were sure though, that once we got going that would all change.
We had been hearing horrid stories of chaos at airports and at Dover with the ferries. Flights being cancelled at the very last minute and ferries not running.
Our Brittany ferry left from Portsmouth just fifteen minutes late but we sat in the queue at Venice for a total of five hours. You have to check in two hours prior to departure and despite the ship being in the port there was a three hour delay in leaving. It really was very frustrating as there was no explanation and certainly no apology - not even an announcement to tell us the ship was delayed leaving. We were all just left until suddenly the queue started to move and we boarded. We had also heard of ferries "taking their foot off the gas" because of the cost of fuel . This ferry was no exception and we eventually arrived 5 hours late. Again, no explanation. By the time we had driven to Athens where we would be staying for 10 days it was 7am and we were shattered.
We were staying in the family studio apartment, next to Andrea's sister's apartment and two floors down from Aunt Koula who has the penthouse with an amazing view of the Acropolis. Our time would be spent visiting with family and friends before heading back to Leros and Stiletto.
We also did "the touristy bit" and drove out to The Marathon Lake/Reservoir which is about 45 km outside of Athens and about a 10 minute drive from the location of the Battle of Marathon. (The battle took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece. The Greeks won !!!) It was constructed from 1926 to 1929 with high quality Pantelic marble and was the sole water supplier for Athens until 1959 when water was pulled from Yliki Lake, close to the town of Thebes. It has a maximum depth of 54m and blends perfectly with the natural surroundings. Its a beautiful spot.
We also visited Mount Lykavittos which at its highest point is 277m above seal level. This is reached by lots and lots of steps, culminating in a Funicular Railway for the last really steep bit. The view is absolutely amazing!
Muse for this post: £150 of petrol is £57 tax and £25 VAT which leaves the value of petrol at £68. So, a basic rate tax payer needs to earn £200 (roughly £150 take home ) to buy £68 worth of petrol !
Ever get the feeling we're being shafted ?