We left behind us Germany crossing the French border and keeping driving southwards to exit as soon as possible from the ‘-0°C‘ zone. We managed to arrive to Avignon, with only one intermediate stop though not without adventure. Impressed by the ‘papal glamour’ of the city, and encouraged by the more human-friendly temperature, we stayed there for almost a week!
We run away from the cold of Berlin aiming to arrive as quickly as possible in southern Europe to warm up a bit. Our plan was to enter France from Alsace following the rivers, thus avoiding the mountain roads and the cold. But when we arrived in Bamberg we changed our mind. Cold, not cold, it was impossible not to stay for a couple of days visiting this lovely town.
This archaeological site undoubtedly belongs to the “not to be missed” attractions of Peloponnese listed on the UNESCO heritage of humanity sites. It’s a deserted though intact byzantine town built uphill so be prepared for a good long walk uphill; it took us five hours to explore it, starting from the lower town to the ruined castle and back again. The main attraction are the many churches decorated with beautiful frescoes. A very well-spent morning!