Greetings from Ioannina, Greece

Yup, same place as before. The locals spell it with an a.

We had an interesting ride from Athens. The first half was toll-road, but pretty along the coast, up and down the hills. The second half was “the plains”, and we could have been in the Yakima Lower Valley rather than halfway round the world. Lots of flat fields with mountains on all sides.

Our first look at the big rocks

Our first look at the big rocks

We stopped for gas and a break in Meteora, a town that lies beneath towering rock formations. On top there are monasteries.

Another Catfish and SSJoanne Seal of Approval was issued for road #6 between Meteora and the autostrata #2. Lots of twists and turns, lots of great mountain (and monastery) scenery, lots of bad pieces of pavement to insure your suspension is correct. You can skip the tunnels and stay on #6 all the way to Ioannina if you’re up for it.

As we neared the autostrata we could see its bridges towering way above us, out of one tunnel and into another. Finally, our twisty road climbed up to it, and our first toll station in a while.

Worth every Euro! The first half going toward Ioannina is 80% tunnel. Long twisting tunnels filled with red and green lights. Straight out of a Star Wars video game. But it was cold! Several of the tunnels were several kilometers long and I’m sure you could hang beef in there with no problems. Sometimes the opening between tunnels was only 100 meters and then back into the cold.

Finally, we dropped down out of the mountains and the temperatures climbed back to wonderful. This is a nice time of year to visit Greece.

We can’t say enough nice things about our Athens host Stelios. He is a great guy, a great ambassador for Greece, and a fabulous host. Thank you Stelios.

Travel. You may not have met your best friend yet!

After more than a bit of email back and forth we have a confirmed booking on a ferry from Igoumenitsa to Venice for tomorrow morning. We (like the rest of the known world) didn’t relish a return trip through Albania, and the alternatives didn’t seem so attractive. Venice is two hours from the Slovenian Alps so it really isn’t out of our way.

What a nice backdrop for a farm

What a nice backdrop for a farm

Some colorful bottle cases to add to the boring green and blue

Some colorful bottle cases to add to the boring green and blue

Seriously large rocks

Seriously large rocks

Perfect spot for a monestary - a little closer to The Almighty

Perfect spot for a monestary – a little closer to The Almighty

Leather Goddess (and mother of ex-Jailbait and grandmother of current Jailbait x2) have whip will travel :)

Leather Goddess (and mother of ex-Jailbait and grandmother of current Jailbait x2) have whip will travel 🙂

 

One thought on “Greetings from Ioannina, Greece

  1. Thanks for the nice comments, Phil and Debb!
    It was a pleasure to have you with us!
    Travel safe and never lose this fabulous smile of yours!
    And as the saying goes:
    The Kopps are here!!!!!
    🙂

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