Today, I [finally] continue the story of our Summer 2008 trip to Greece. To see all of our pictures, click here. For most of the pictures, Nik has mapped them so you can see exactly where in Greece they were taken. If you missed it, here’s the whole list!
Part 6 (of 12)
Nik’s mom is from the town of Nea Kallikratia, on the Halkidiki peninsula. Kallikratia is on the main part of the peninsula and then the peninsula has three fingers extending down. The first “finger” is fairly commercialized and touristy and the third “finger” is only accessible to men because it’s considered sacred in the orthodox faith and only monks and male visitors are allowed. The second one is called Sithonia and that’s where we drove to spend the day.
We drove clockwise around the peninsula so we started on the east side in the morning. Our basic plan was to drive to the first beach, snorkel, drive to the next beach, eat lunch and rest, drive to the next beach, snorkel and then drive home, hopefully not running out of energy or daylight!
Our next beach was Kalamitsi Beach. I loved the snorkeling at this place. We swam for a long time and saw these crazy things we called sea dragons (although I think they were really sea cucumbers).
They were creepy – they were expelling this weird, white stuff from their mouths and waving around.
The Sithonia Peninsula was really nice – it was a beautiful drive, a nice day trip, and a good change of pace.