With Francisco and the children we dreamt of travelling in the mountains, of making discoveries, meeting people and taking pictures. This is our dream, our DRIM Project (“Decouvertes, Rencontres, Images, Montagnes).
The DRIM! Adventure began in Greece last automn. Follow us on our trip through this travel diary.
Photographs: Sandra and Francisco
Videos (production and editing): Francisco
Sponsors: Edelrid and Vaude.
Life is beautiful
We find ourselves in the small town of Dimitsana, in the heart of Arcadia. As soon as we arrived we fell under the spell of the village. Old stones, lively restaurants, donkeys, old people dressed all in black. In the evening, as we took a walk, Anna wanted to follow every street she sees. We could smell laundry, fire and food. You would think it was winter, it was so pleasant.
We headed back to Patras. The plan being to make a last climbing stop in Alpochori. We’re not sure which route to take. And we end up choosing the wrong one. We arrive at a large parking lot. It’s 4pm, and the weather is still fine for a small walk, whereas if we tried to get to Alpochori, it would be too dark to visit. So we decided to stay … Good choice !
We ended up spending two days. Then we drove towards Alpochori. We climbed, we enjoyed ourselves. When it was time to go the goats that we had heard all day long came to meet us. It was a nice moment.
We’re rushing to Patras, as we can’t find anywhere to buy food. It’s gray here, and it smells, and it’s ugly. Once we’re done with the shopping, we hurry back to our mountains. The road seems endless, dirty, and runs parallel to the motorway. Then, after a zigzag, we found a much more welcoming road with a sign indicating a village 7 or 8 kilometers away. We head for it, the road is narrow, and keeps rising, rising, rising. It’s impossible to park anywhere, the only possibility is to keep going, to keep climbing. Night has fallen, Patras is nothing but lights. We can see boats, ferrys and we count the bends in the road. We give up on trying to reach the village, and of trying to make it to the top. Or maybe we were already there, I didn’t know. The route is now unsurfaced, and Patras seems very far away from , even though it’s just below us. The hustle and bustle down there, and us, by the side of the road, with a beautiful view ...
In 10 weeks I only learnt a couple of words,
Meta, Yasou, kalimera, Kalinicta, Se paracolo.
Vuno, Lycos, Ephrahisto too.
Vuno. The mountain. A word that sounds so pretty.
Lycos. The wolf. Because even if there are no wolves in the Peloponnese, it’s always good to have one in the stories for the children. If we can’t have a Greek myth, we can at least have a Greek word...
Ephrahisto. Thank you. To nature, and to the Greeks!
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