1 Ιουλίου 2010

Si Doux @ travelpod

I had a ferry ticket for 6pm on vessel Superfast 1. Till then I was free. After breakfast I packed my stuff and then crossed the bridge over the Gulf of Patra/Korinth up north. I wanted to visit the village of Nafpaktos in Etolia, a recommendation from a friend. The Patra bridge is Greece's symbos of the 21st century and it looks even more impressive once you are actually on it. However it was an expensive trip, 12 Euro one way, with no reduction for return. But I was rewarded by the scenic views.

Nafpaktos was busy on this festive Saturday and I was lucky to have parked well before its centre with the small, old harbour. I walked along the sea and admired the view of Pelopponese to the south, Patra bridge to the north, and the ancient fortifications in the mountains dominating the town. A café latte at the harbour wall was well worth 3,50 Euro, thanks to heaps of tasty frothed milk and a great harbour & people view Café Si Doux in Patra

Over the brouhaha of people walking around between the table of the coffeeshop and the sound of the small waves which were constantly washing against the harbour wall, I became philosophic about life. Thought about how much I needed to be happy. And the answer was much more simple than the question. I needed to have a few really good friends. And maybe a beach. I was so relaxed.

Saksouki (or probably rather myself) then took me westbound along the coast to a place called Etoliko, a town on a small island, well connected to the mainland through a dam. A little gem.

Once back in Patra I immediately went to the ferry passenger terminal at the port. Received my ticket quickly and then enquired about the customs formalities for the car. With a generous four hours left till departure, I once again went to the 'Si Doux’ café and pampered myself with cheesecake. Lovely.

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