After leaving Mystras, I headed for a location recommended by Peejay, my unknown benefactor. Peejay has made available via Google Maps, a number of parking locations suitable for motorhomes in Greece. Many times on this trip I have called upon Peejay’s knowledge and guidance to find a suitable place to stay. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to Peejay, I saw more of Greece than I would have, without his guidance.
Glyfada beach is just north of Gythio and has a large car park next to a beach side taverna. The beach is all but few metres away and is dominated by the Dimitros shipwreck. The carpark was quite busy when I was there, but the noise level was relatively quiet. The taverna was a great place to spend an hour or two planning my next destination over a beer.
It was here that I met Fani, a Greek psychologist who lived near Gythio. Apparently, the name is derived from Theofania, which means the appearance of god to man. This Greek Goddess (I may have applied a little artist licence here), loved everything English and had visited many times, assumed I was a English Doctor. Only to be disappointed by the fact that I am neither English, or a Doctor, and was further disappointed by my unwillingness to travel to Athens that coming weekend. Oh, but what may have been…
In the morning, I decided to take a morning run up the beach and cool down with a swim in the sea. There can be no better start to a morning than running barefoot along the surf and diving into the warm sea to cool down. I appreciate how lucky I am to have experienced this trip, in fairness, I always do.