07.05.2009 - 07.05.2009
Probably our longest and hardest day’s driving – to get from Gialova to the north Peloponnese to a town, Diakofto, with a special train that goes through and up a gorge to a mountain town. Unfortunately, not only were the roads a bit unreliable with some good pot-holes, but also it rained heavily for much of the afternoon when we were driving through some of the most dramatic countryside. Hard to look at anything but the road ahead, and not possible to stop – for both the rain and the road conditions. Went through some charming mountain villages (Stemnitsa and Dimitsina) which if we do return, would be worth more investigating.
Stopped at Dimitsana to visit the site of some restored water mills – they had restored a wool washing contraption, a grain mill, a tannery (fascinating) and a gun powder mill (unknown and fascinating). And there were other mills still on the site that had not been restored. Quite amazing – and the area had these all dotted over the countryside.
Arrived at Diakofto after a long day, booked in to our hotel – luckily only for one night as we later found out that the special cogged train that was to take us back up the mountain only ran on the weekends, so we couldn’t do our planned trip on it on Friday! And the town wasn’t worth staying in.