Fri May 27, 2022 1:54 am

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Fri May 27, 2022 1:54 am linkquote
We are off on another European Scooter Rally with the Vespa Club del Mediterraneo.

This one is to the Peloponnese, a large portion of southern Greece, that has seaside villages along with mountain towns.

The riding can be a bit extreme at times in the mountains with narrow, pitted roads that turn into gravel.

We are into our second stop out of Athens, at the Styga Mountain Resort.

The ride here was a bit of an adventure as the resort is on one side of a mountain that is not accessible from the other side, the side we arrived at hoping to be only 20 miles from our destination.

It forced us to backtrack on some fabulous roads, but it added two hours and 60 miles to the long rode.

Well worth it as we had some great roads and views.

Bill


Leaving Kalamaki Beach Resort near Corinth.








Goldenrods were alongside the roads with some beautiful poppies.


Riding through canyons


And cows on the side of the road.


This was part of the diversion to reach the Styga Mountain resort.
I later found that even if we had taken the gravel road, we never would have made it to the hotel.






The last part of the ride to the hotel.

Fri May 27, 2022 2:34 am

Enthusiast
Joined: 07 Nov 2014
Posts: 62

 
Enthusiast
Joined: 07 Nov 2014
Posts: 62

Fri May 27, 2022 2:34 am linkquote
Greece is a wonderful country to ride and the greek are incredibly friendly. Hospitality will make you gain some weight
Fri May 27, 2022 3:21 am

Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 1678
Location: Toronto
 
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 1678
Location: Toronto
Fri May 27, 2022 3:21 am linkquote
That trip looks amazing!
Sat May 28, 2022 10:18 pm

Member
2001 ET 4 2007 LX 150 2014 GTS 300 Super Sport
Joined: 11 May 2011
Posts: 45
Location: Riverside,Ca
 
Member
2001 ET 4 2007 LX 150 2014 GTS 300 Super Sport
Joined: 11 May 2011
Posts: 45
Location: Riverside,Ca
Sat May 28, 2022 10:18 pm linkquote
Great day of riding yesterday! Made it to Dimitsana, a small Greek hill town. Beautiful views everywhere!
Sun May 29, 2022 12:56 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1577
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1577
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Sun May 29, 2022 12:56 am linkquote
keenkut wrote:
Great day of riding yesterday! Made it to Dimitsana, a small Greek hill town. Beautiful views everywhere!
Have you any pictures?
Tue May 31, 2022 9:46 pm

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Tue May 31, 2022 9:46 pm linkquote
A few photos from the last few days.


Poppies near the Styga Mountain Resort.


View from our hotel room in Dimisana


Pylos


Theater in Ancient Messene.


Beach just north of Pylos.

Mon Jun 13, 2022 12:25 pm

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Mon Jun 13, 2022 12:25 pm linkquote
After 37 hours door to door, we arrived home yesterday.

The airlines had issues with the plane flying from Athens to New York, getting off the ground 3 hours late. We arrived at JFK airport an hour after our flight to Jacksonville had left. The new schedule had us leaving at 8:30 AM, and no hotels were available, so we spent the night as homeless flyers in the airport. It was humbling.

But the trip was great.

I left the report here while we were in Pylos, visiting Messene, an ancient city.

The next stop was Kythira, an island south of the Peloponnese.

It is a small island of 115 square miles and only 4,100 residents.

We were there for three nights so we were able to see most of it in that time.

Our stay included one day of me riding solo while Sarah went hiking and one day of hanging out with friends while some went boating.

I would gladly visit again.

From there we took another ferry to Neapoli for a ride to Monemvasia, a giant rock island only 20 miles from the ferry stop.

We stayed in a hotel made up of buildings that were part of a banking operation where merchant ships would have to pay taxes and quarantine before sailing to Venice.

There is a small, old town on the island where we would walk to the gate and dine with views of the water and town. Lovely place.

One day there, Sarah, Penni and I rode 90 km west to Mystras to see some ancient Byzantine churches. It was hot there and we hit a big storm on the return. During the heavy rain we stopped at a gas station and ordered Cappuccinos and waited until it stopped. It did after thirty minutes and we had a cool ride back to the hotel.

We then rode to Nafplio for two more nights and got a day in the town. It was Sarah's birthday, so we did whatever she wanted, ending in a restaurant where we ran into Ken and Diane Taub, who celebrated with us over dinner.

The last two nights were in Kalamaki Beach and Athens, with the last dinner at a very good middle eastern restaurant only a short walk from the hotel.

We are looking forward to next year's trip, possibly to France.

Bill


Riding to board the Ferry to Kythira


Small, bumpy road to the dinner on Kythira.


Kythira


Riding to the cooking class.


Cooking class


Most of the group out on a boating trip.


Heading to Monemvasia


Happy Hour at the hotel in Monemvasia.


Dinner with a view.


Walking around Monemvasia.


Mystras


Mystras


Dinner again in Monemvasia. The best dinners including wine and beer come to around $25.


On the way to Nafplio, we had to stop for goats being herded across the street.


Along the way to Nafplio.


Sunset in Nafplio.


Up at the fortress on scooters.


New Vespa in Nafplio.


Ancient theatre at Epidaurus. It seats 12,000.

Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:40 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:40 am linkquote
The challenging part of the hike on Kythira was a fallen tree and very slippery, moss-covered rocks at the other end. But it was worth the effort or we wouldn't have seen the little waterfall.





Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:47 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:47 am linkquote
Here's a pano shot.



Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:56 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:56 am linkquote
Who would have thought that good extra-vergin olive oil has peppery notes? It really burns in your throat for a minute.


Official tasting glasses


A pano of the olive grove

Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:01 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:01 am linkquote
Breakfast on Kythira was in a jazz café




Picture of a jazz band in black-figure pottery style

Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:03 am

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:03 am linkquote
Thank you for posting these, Oliver.

Sarah and I enjoyed seeing you again.

It was a great trip.

Bill
Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:05 am

Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa ET3 & Vespa PX150 & Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 05 Apr 2009
Posts: 1637
Location: Berlin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:05 am linkquote
Breakfast with a view in the Styga mountain resort.



Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:40 pm

Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 2267
Location: St. Pete, Fla
 
Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 2267
Location: St. Pete, Fla
Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:40 pm linkquote
I did not even want to go on this trip but Bill and others talked me into. I loved it so much that I am still here!


Scooters at rest




We could ride from the mountains to the coast for lunch in a very short time


Preparing to ride after an olive oil education


The greatest part were the people we meet. These we met in a small hamlet while having lunch. Penni quickly became their best friend.


They were so excited to practice their english with us one ran home and came back with paper and crayons and drew these for us.

Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:50 pm

Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 2267
Location: St. Pete, Fla
 
Ossessionato
Vespa LX150 GTS250ie GTS300x2
Joined: 11 Dec 2009
Posts: 2267
Location: St. Pete, Fla
Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:50 pm linkquote
On the island of Kythira we had to travel 6km for breakfast that was included. We groused about it until we did it. Breakfast was served at the aforementioned cafe with live music at night. We all ended up loving it. The morning ride was refreshing and setting watching the morning routine in the small village was great and we got to meet many locals coming in for their morning coffee.


Walt and Hellen having their morning coffee

Fri Jun 17, 2022 7:29 am

Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2625
Location: Minneapolis USA
 
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2625
Location: Minneapolis USA
Fri Jun 17, 2022 7:29 am linkquote
WLeuthold/Lostboater,

You fellows never fail to provide amazing trip/ride photos. It
truly is a good life - thanks for sharing.

Bob Copeland
Lake Wobegon Minnesota


Darn, you guys have a sweet life on the scooter trail of adventure.

  DoubleGood Vespa Design  

All Content Copyright 2005-2022 by Modern Vespa. All Rights Reserved.

Modern Vespa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Shop on Amazon Smile with Modern Vespa

[ Time: 0.0340s ][ Queries: 7 (0.0118s) ][ Debug on ][ 211 ][ Thing One ]