Touring Hellas (Greece)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lefteris, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. lefteris

    lefteris fat daddy

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    Greetings to all.

    I'm starting a thread devoted to the beauties of Greece as you can discover them riding a motorbike. I've been riding all around Greece for about 5 years and I have a quite big archive of photos, maps, routes etc. I will be posting once or twice a week and only small ride reports with a couple of pictures each time, in order to show as many places as possible.

    I hope you will enjoy my reports as much as I did.

    I will start with a 2day trip I made with my girl and a friend about 2 years ago. Our goal was to reach Porto Heli and explore the places around it. We rode on tarmac roads, but we did a little gravel as well. On our way we visited 2 monasterys, one live and one abandoned a seaside town called Kilada and Porto Heli of course.

    Here are the pics:

    Me and Mike on the road
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    First Monastery (live one)
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    the same, another view
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    Porto Heli
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    Riding around
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    nice view
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    Koilada
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    And the 2nd Monastery, called Moni Avgou, meaning the monastery of the egg.
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    Moni Avgou again
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    That's all for now. Hope you like it.
    Lefteris
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  2. Metal Doc

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    Looking forward to more. My wife is Greek and someday we shall make it there for a visit.
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  3. Zollo

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    Cool!


    Thanks,
    Zollo
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  4. JayD

    JayD Been here awhile

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    Do you have anymore pics of Moni Avgou? It looks very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing
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  5. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Great photos... nice bikes. :evil
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  6. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    NICE!...keep it coming.....please
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  7. sylvester the cat

    sylvester the cat Chasing Speedy Gonzales!

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    Thanks for the pictures.

    We will be in Greece in late July/early August of 2006.

    Maybe we can "hook-up" for a tour.

    Cheers
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  8. lefteris

    lefteris fat daddy

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    Thanks for the nice comments, be sure that I have better staff waiting to be posted!

    One more picture from Moni Avgou
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    And of course the general map of the trip
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  9. Queen

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    Beautiful pics! Greece is one of my two favorite places on earth, I'll look forward to seeing more. :thumb
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  10. Ostrich

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    NIce area man. I have to get more time for riding out here. There are so many missions that are supposed to be beautiful and are such a significant part of California's history. :cry
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  11. lefteris

    lefteris fat daddy

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    First of all, I am sorry for the delay. My job had me overoccupied for the last 10 days, so there was no time for posts.

    I'm returning with a trip I made about two months ago to the mountain of Taygetos, visiting some friends.

    Taygetos is one of the highest mountains in Greece. It is situated between the cities of Kalamata and Sparta in Southern Peloponisos and the road that connects them is one of the best rides you can make in Greece.

    Near Sparta we visited the Medieval town of Mystras with its castle. From Mystras came the last emperor of the Byzantine Empire (with Konstantinopole-Istanbul as capital city).

    Now with the photos:

    The road from Sparta to Kalamata:
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    Half tunnel:
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    Nice turns:
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    Nature:
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    Sunset on the mountain:
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    Second day of the trip and we visit Mystras.
    This is the view as you approach the area:
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    The city is in ruins, but using some imagination you can "see" how it was:
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    Some buildings are beeing restored right now. They will be used as museum:
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    Old Byzantine church:
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    The same:
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    From the inside:
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    The view from the castle's top:
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    And finishing the day at a very nice cafe-bistrot overlooking Mystras and Sparta:
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    That's enough for now. The map of the route will follow soon.
    Lefteris
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  12. Stumby

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    Nice job Lefteris! I'm looking forward to your pics of Crete. My vacation there will begin in June.
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  13. TwoWheelExplorer

    TwoWheelExplorer Livin' the dream

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    Thanks for starting this thread! My wife really wants to visit Greece, so I've sent this link to her :-)
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  14. westnash

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    We will appreciate pictures of 2 legged Greek Beauties also!


    What do you know of the area from Thessolonica to the Albanian border?

    I hear the traffic anywhere close to Athens is very bad, what is your advice on dealing with it?

    What is best and worst months for riding weather?
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  15. Dave Noel

    Dave Noel Giv'er

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    Beautiful pics of a beautiful place. I was over there a few years ago and rented a couple of scooters and rode a round I think the name of the Island was Paros and then took a ferry over to another small island called Anti-Paros. There are no words for me to explain the place you live in.

    Athens was good but I find the islands are the best. Keep the pics coming.
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  16. Buelligan1203

    Buelligan1203 n00b

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    Great shots. Please keep posting 'em.
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  17. deserteagle

    deserteagle Seyyah

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    Yassu Lefteris. I have been to Greece but didn't have the chance to see much. Thank you for the report, expecting to see the others.
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  18. bavarian

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    Nice! Keep them coming!!
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  19. cub

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    Great pics! That also reminded me that I had some old pictures from a trip I did on Amorgos in 1998. I scanned them yesterday but then my connection broke so I couldn't upload them. Will try again tonite.
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  20. lefteris

    lefteris fat daddy

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    Thanks for the responce, it's encouraging to know that you like what I post.
    Here is the map of the last trip (Taygetos-Mistras).

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    The next stop of our journey will be Mani and Cape Tainaro the southest part of the European continent. I think you will be amazed of what you'll see. Be patient and thanks again.

    Lefteris
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