Well, that year went by very quickly……

2017 would appear to be non-existant as far as this blog is concerned. Due entirely to the problem I had preparing and unloading posts. WordPress appear to have sorted out their problems and I now have a better data service. So let’s try again!

I’ll do a summary of the travels so far this year shortly, but in the mean time, to check everything works, this post just about today (1 April 2018 – no tricks here, it’s after 12!).

1 Apr 2018, near Pirgos Chiliadou, Halkidiki, Greece.

A deserted beach with a few holiday houses scattered on the hillside – mostly unoccupied at the moment. Two legs of Halkidiki reach out towards the horizon, with the peak of Mount Athos, and its associated monasteries, on the left hand (eastern most) promontory.

Clockwise from top: With a good sea running today, luckily the van is high enough above the beach not to worry! A sunny day prompted some work on the bike and a bit of practice. Earlier in the morning, a couple walking their dog had waved when Bobby went off for a canine ‘Kalimera’. On their way back, they stopped to say hello and to present a bunch of flowers, just picked from the beach. How nice was that?

Early morning, and the might of Mount Athos looms up through the mist.

Quite early, when looking out of the van, I noticed a hare making its leisurely way down the track. A little later, on our morning walk along the far end of the beach, I was standing still, about to take a photo, when said hare appeared and nonchalantly hopped up to within a couple of metres of me. It suddenly realised that I wasn’t, after all, inanimate and took off at considerable speed to safety directly towards where Bobby had been busy investigating this and that. They both ended up out of sight so I still don’t know if they met!

8 thoughts on “Well, that year went by very quickly……

  1. It’s great to see you’re arrived safely and able to resume your blog. I’ve been following your lengthy journey south through Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to where you are now………you deserve the flowers and a long rest in the sun and warmth.
    Look forward to hearing the finer details of what you have been up to since the beginning of year.
    Stay safe and healthy.
    Allen

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  2. Good to catch up with your travel update, what’s next on the agenda? Keep enjoying yourself and make sure Bobby keeps taking you to interesting places.
    Best regards
    Chris

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    1. Crete in a week or so, then back to Greece and also back to Bulgaria and Romania I quickly passed through last week. Imagine trying to do that in 1980! Hope you both had a good time in Cyprus in Dec.

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  3. hi richard, it looks like you,ve got away from the snow now and you seem to be enjoying a better spring than we are having here .the bbc have got stuck on snoww storms and frost into the next week at least.your pitch looks interesting, the hare needs to be told march and madness are now officially over but being presented with flowers by passers bye seems to be the sort of stuff that can only make the world a better place to be.looking at the bike i wonder whether its you or bobby whos going to ride pillion.i may later try to look up youre previos photos which i think i,ve saved hope so anyway. enjoy yourself. best wishes. pat.
    On 1 Apr 2018 17:38, “Wherever it takes us …..” wrote:
    Richard Sharp posted: “2017 would appear to be non-existant as far as this blog is concerned. Due entirely to the problem I had preparing and unloading posts. WordPress appear to have sorted out their problems and I now have a better data service. So let’s try again! I’ll do a”

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