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    Posted: 09 Jun 2012 at 12:34pm
Sue and I (Ray) arrive 11th June for 2 weeks. I thought I would share with you one of our favourite things. Go to the bakery and get some of the delicious flakey spinach pies and some drinks, then take the steep walk up to the castle. Take a towel or two to sit on and have a picnic under the shade of the olive trees up there. There are paths around the top and you get some fantastic glimpses of the harbour and sea beyond at various points. Watch out for the ants though, they will be quickly on to your dropped flakey pastry from your pies, but it is fun watching them carrying it off (natures tiny bin men!). May see you up there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2012 at 1:53pm
Must do the walk up while we're here for a few more photos of Kass. Im sure we have several hundred by now like everyone else but just cant help clicking away.  Plenty of ants around now weather so hot ... enjoy your holiday we're here till 15th and thinking of putting our house on market and staying here ... only joking ... must do the lottery
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2012 at 2:02pm
Make as much noise as you can, last year I was walking round the Castle walls and disturbed a snake, dont know who was more suprised me or the snake....
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2012 at 3:34pm
Our best snake encounter was years ago when Agni was not so developed, walking between the Agni beach (with the Taverna's) to the other beach with nothing on it at all, along a steep not much used track.  My Sue was in front of me walking when we heard a russle to the left; Sue spun around to watch a large, bright green snake launch itself off the bank to my left.  It was coming straight for me so I had to do a star jump to allow it to fly between my legs - it the dissappeared into the lower bank on the right.  That got the heart pumping Shocked
 
We have seen wild toirtoises on the Island.  First around Acharavi - we hear something rustling in the flower beds around our accomodation (on the outskirts of the town) - we investigated and found a large tortoise.  A similar thing happened up at Kaiser's Chair (a view point), when we found a tiny tortoise in the bushes.
 
I find the tortoises less scary than the snakes Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2012 at 4:27pm
Lol we also found a tortoise and he's now captured on camera a couple of years ago. Also had snakes around the villa couple of years ago ... as you say they head for the hills when you make a noise. Bit too close for my liking.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 12:18am
Snakes are rife down the snicket to Panyotas/Theos
Keep taking your, take a holiday in kassiopi pills.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 12:54am
I had a wonderful snake encounter as a young teenager in the very early 90s, staying I think that year in Kaminaki. I took myself off through the olive groves some days, as far as Agni and before it, the ledge by the chapel, where I would read and swim and eat bread and feta. One afternoon, heading to Periclis in Agni to meet mater familias and our travelling companions, I found my path blocked by a small, brown, determined looking snake.  

What made the encounter so memorable was the conversation we had. He was blocking my path, and there was no way round him. I'm walking up a hill, and a steep one at that, so my tormentor is effectively at knee height, no more than a pace or two ahead. I remember speaking to him (I don't know how to sex a snake, but I definitely got a bloke vibe off him), but I'd be lying if I said I remembered what I said. My opening gambit was probably something like 'Well, one of us is going to have to move'.

Whatever it was that I said to him, he changed position to cover more of the trail, he looked at me more intently and I swear he tilted his head tilted to one side. It was as though he was acknowledging what I said, and was digging in. I tried to reason with him, and with each thing I said, he immediately changed his position slightly, as though that were his response to what I had just said. I raised my voice, but he must have known I was never going to advance on him, because he just edged sideways a fraction, manipulating his body so that his head was looking at me from the opposite side of the path.

The intervening years may have gilded the lily of my memory somewhat, but I remember a conversation being played out between me and the wordless snake for a good couple of minutes. It was a negotiation of sorts, and he was clearly the better businessman. I would bargain, and he would move slightly. He only seemed to move in response to my talking to him. In the silence before I spoke, he was dead still.  

It ended with his victory. He got to see me turn my back on him and retreat back down the hill for more bread and feta, returning timidly up the path half an hour later to find no sign of him. He clearly knew who was boss.
Oh, why not. Just a small one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 2:32am
Originally posted by davyboy davyboy wrote:

Snakes are rife down the snicket to Panyotas/Theos


Now you tell meShocked.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 9:34am
Ask the two Anne's AlecLOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 9:45am
What's the best way to get to the castle please?
I have walked round the harbour many a time but never reached the castle.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 11:08am
Nice tale Sam Approve

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 12:25pm
I enjoyed your story as well Sam. It's the way you tell 'em!! Wink

I may well check out the castle in September.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 1:23pm
Originally posted by GJJW GJJW wrote:

What's the best way to get to the castle please?
I have walked round the harbour many a time but never reached the castle.
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There is a snicket opposite the Church which will take you there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 2:07pm
Cheers Davyboy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 2:48pm
"There is a snicket opposite the Church which will take you there." - Davyboy.

"Snicket" is new to me but what a brilliant word - now I've Googled it!  Big smile

Thanks Davyboy.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 3:19pm
Means a small dirt track
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 3:30pm
Its a grand old Yorkshire saying, like ginnel.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 6:52pm
Originally posted by alehouse alehouse wrote:

Means a small dirt track
 
Nay lad, it's a bit better than that.LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 7:09pm
Going up tomorrow ... may take a gyro for the snakes .... our last day here
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2012 at 7:12pm
Ginnel - I had never heard that until they said it on Corrie the other week! BAD people meeting for
an illicit canoodle in the ginnel!!!  

Snicket is a new one for me too - know now though! Although, if you mean snakes down the lane to Theofilos -  eeeeek!   

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