Next up after Chios and the ferry was Nafplio. It took a little longer than planned, due to missing road signs in Athens, but eventually we found the right road out and were on our way. Nafplio is really pretty, and of course a great place to use as a base to visit various places in the area, more on which is for a later post.
Compared to Turkey, it can be expensive in Greece. It is also possible to eat, drink and do tourist stuff and be incredibly good value, even in Nafplio. We got lucky with a really nice and good value pension, avoided the tourist bars and restaurants, found some excellent tavernas in the backsteets with great food, good wine, and excellent value. We had some delicious locally made ice cream, climbed the claimed 999 steps up to the castle (in reality a few less) and generally hung out in the evenings.
We talked to some locals who were fascinated to hear we were living in Turkey, asked questions about the politics in Ankara and events in Istanbul. We also talked about events in Egypt, and of course the economic situation in Greece. It was really interesting to hear those views, to listen to expressed interest and perception of events. There was some lively and polite political debate.
Napflio is a great place to relax, a charming historic town, and a really good introduction to mainland Greece.