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A surprise daytrip to Troizonia!

 
It's really nice when you think you know everything about an area and then something or somebody comes along, to show you something completely knew, you never knew existed. 
 
In our case, during our recent trip to Greece (have you checked out the pictures on Instagram?), my mum insisted that she'd take us on a "surprise day trip".
I love having other people organise trips; normally I'm the one who has to sort everything out and sometimes I feel that a new place looses part of its charm because I've researched the heck out of it and very little is left to discover, once we actually get there.
So it turns out, there is this little island called Troizonia, in the channel splitting Peloponnese from the mainland,  where none of us had ever set foot on before, and it's only an hour away from Patras, where I grew up, who knew?
 

So we got in the car to cross the futuristic Rio-Antirio Bridge and off we went.
It's spectacular! The bridge I mean. It's one of these things that makes you realise how mankind has tamed nature and is very capable of moving forwards, should it decide to work together harmoniously. It took a French-German-Greek collaboration to built this bridge, so no excuses!
This is the biggest suspension bridge built over an active seismic fault too.
Oh, it get's shaky around here!  it's part of everyday life though in this part of Greece, so fear not!
 
Leaving Peloponnese behind, we crossed over to the mainland and drove along the coast of Fokis for half an hour. A lot of the sea bream in your local supermarket in UK actually comes from fish farms, in this part of the world. When you look down, on the side of the cliff, you can spot the big enclosures in the seawaters.

Right there, down a dirt road lied a seaside village (Chania, in Fokis) with houses sporadically appearing here and there, lazily gazing across this tiny island of Troizonia, our final destination. The waters here are always deep blue and the sun was making everything look so crisp and clear. Best of all, there was hardly anybody there.

As soon as we arrived next to the whitewashed dock, the little boat was ready to leave and we signalled them to wait. We were rushing and trying to get cameras, hats, bags and all the usual paraphernalia in order, huffing and puffing; when the boat turned towards the island though, we were just taken aback by this wonderful little village, nested in a natural port, with bougainvilleas covering most fences and colourful shutters giving the two storey houses vibrant appearance. Then we just went quite and couldn't care less about our bags and cameras. Who's going to steal them anyway? 

 
At the island the skipper helped us off the boat and when we asked how much the fare was he simply said...pay me when I take you back! Well, ok then.
 
The village was quite. It was lunchtime and Greeks avoid the heat at the midst of the day. Don't be fooled, it might be October but it's still very much high 20Cs in terms of temperature.
We walked around between some houses and realised that right behind the front row of houses there is another natural port, full of yachts and sailing boats.
We wondered around and spoke to some of the owners, one chap said he has been mooring his "wooden natural beauty" of a sailboat here for the last 14 years and he always flies over from Germany in the summer to sail around. Not a bad life!



Three restaurants remain open in the port till October and open again in April, depending on the weather. We sat by the sea and ordered sardines and calamari. As soon as the food came a whole gang of kittens appeared out of nowhere and just sat there staring at us, waiting to be fed. We resisted for a while, but they were so cute that we eventually gave in. Big mistake, they were coming closer and closer for more food. As we were chatting away, I saw my mum jumping on her chair as she turned around and saw a kitty on the chair next to hers, staring right at her. The whole promenade laughed and so did we.

The waters were so warm, that you could swim if you wanted to.
Watch for the sea urchins though, you can see them stuck on the rocks through the crystal clear waters.
We wondered around the village a bit more and met a group of hunters that had just come back from the little hill behind the village. They are allowed to hunt for wild hogs, apparently! I don't know if they caught any but they seemed to have had a jolly good day, in the sunshine. Guess what, so did we!


On the way back we took the ferry, in order to have a better look at the bridge.
Patraikos Bay was so calm, shining in the last rays of the sunshine; not a breath of wind, even when we were right at the middle of the channel splitting Peloponnese from the mainland...deep sigh, thanks mum for the little surprise! x
 

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