Blue water, rugged mountains and wind!
Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
32Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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It was quite an effort finding our ferry or rather the ticket booth from which we had to get our boarding pass for the ferry even though we had booked online
Kythira is an island located at the very bottom of Greece about 12 km from the end of the Peloponnese and on which Paul's grandfather was born. So we had to check it out as part of the family history! We and also enjoyed swimming in the blue/green clear waters. No worries about sharks here! They have beautiful stones on some of the beaches and they are marble or coloured and are really cool to look at – and you don’t get sand in your bathers sitting in the water at the shoreline! I do think the water is saltier and you are more buoyant – a theory the whole family agrees on – either that or we’re All getting fatter and more buoyant! Paul was told that Princess Diana swam at Kalkos beach which we enjoyed swimming at the most. Would have enjoyed it more but there were some nude old people who shouldn’t have been nude. Why don’t they cover up when a family come to swim? We actually saw nudists the day before at another beach and I think they might have been the same people! Not sure as I couldn’t "bare" to look for too long!!!!
The island of Kythira seems to have had been fought over many times and occupied by many other countries. It has an interesting history for such a small island! There are ruins on the island of old cathedrals, forts and schools. The people are friendly but you are still an interest item as you walk or drive by!
Finding out about how the villages operated, whilst trying to find out information about the Greek side of family was interesting. The local villages only recorded births when they went to the main town of Kythira which is Hora (kythira) which could have been when the child was 6 years or even NEVER! There would be people I was assured that would have been born and died in a village with no record of their existence. The oldest son always took the first name of his Grandfather and his second name was the first name of his father. This was the way of identifying lineage. Many of the records have disappeared or have been lost with the many different occupations the island has had. It would appear that the English occupation was one of the more developmental for the island.
The roads are very narrow, and driving the wrong side of the road in narrow spaces was a bit scary – often you just had to stop and let a person go by as you both couldn’t fit and in some of the old villages there is only room for a narrow car through some of the buildings
We left Kythira via ferry and sailed into Gythio which was a great little port and town, very pretty on the waterfront.