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Epirus, Greece July 2016

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Lakka cemetery,Paxos
I have just returned from a couple of weeks in the beautiful Epirus region of north west Greece, my second visit in 3 years. I was determined to explore further and accomplished this with visits to many small villages in this rugged mountainous landscape. I finally got to pay homage to the Acheron river valley, Gliki and the Nekromanteion Oracle of the Dead where I immersed myself in Greek mythology for a while. Soaring temperatures, thunderstorms and the odd torrential downpour only added to the stunning backdrop of the coastline here, looking out to Anti-Paxos & Paxos across the Ionian sea. During a visit to Mesopotamos I stumbled across an abandoned car left in the scrubland, I think it may have been Russian and at least 1960's.. someone will correct me I am sure!. I also ventured down the narrow steps underneath the Nekromanteion and waited for the hoardes of tourists to leave before taking a few photographs of the vaulted cellar where it is said was the place the ancient Greeks came to speak with the spirits of the dead. Other places of interest for me included a dusk visit up to the castle of Ali Pasha above Valtos, and the three villages of Paxos - namely Loggos, Giaos and Lakka, the former having a crumbling old olive mill complete with chimney right on the tiny beach. I think I must have walked 30 miles or more and let the miserable skies of England melt away while I baked in the sun. In September I am planning a trip to South West Wales taking in Saundersfoot and Tenby... bye for now!

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