Epidavros Greece

Visiting the Ancient City of Epidavros

Epidavros has Much to See Of all the theaters we saw on our trips through ancient Greece and Turkey, to me Epidavros was the most stunning. The combination of the symmetry, scale, completeness, condition, and views made it second to none in a place where fantastic ruins are easy to[…]

Hydra at Night

Things to do on Hydra

Relaxing Hydra There aren’t a lot of things to do on Hydra. You need only spend a night or two on Hydra if it’s sights your after. However, if you want to get away from the madness and get a little rest and relaxation, Hydra is your place. We took[…]

Hydra Fishing Boat

Over-nighting on the Island of Hydra

Getting To and Around Hydra Located at the far eastern tip of the Peloponnese, the island of Hydra is a place where time has nearly stood still. With no roads and no motorized vehicles allowed (except the trash truck) there is no pressure to cover lots of ground and no[…]

Olympia Greece

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go – Olympia Greece

Greece is a country that just oozes history. Many of the people that visit only ever visit the white sandy beaches or perhaps the Parthenon/Acropolis…maybe a ruin that happens to be close to their resort. For me, I wanted to see more than just the typical and easy to reach[…]

Prodromos Monastery Greece

Hiking to Cliff Clinging Prodromos Monastery

Monastery of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos (Prodromos Monastery) We’ve been to many monasteries on our trips including several in Tibet, which are really breathtaking. All are beautiful and fascinating and there is a sense of peace about them all. The Monastery of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos (Prodromos Monastery) was pretty special given[…]

Prodromou Monastery

Lousios Gorge Monastery of Greece

Monastery of Agiou Ioanni Prodromou, Lousios Gorge, Greece Lousios Gorge and Prodromou Monastery Just a few miles down the road from our lunch spot in Dimitsana is a spectacular gorge with amazing nature and spectacular views. Just off the main road and down a set of switchbacks, we came to[…]

Road Peloponnese Peninsula

Cruising the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece

Riding the Peloponnese Peninsula The Peloponnese peninsula reminded us of the California coast in many ways. The winding roads up into the mountains, the coastal drives, the flowers! As we toured the Peloponnese peninsula, we saw huge trees reminiscent of the Sierras and snow capped peaks that could have been[…]

Lukmanier Pass SCENIC ROUTE

The Alps Lukmanier Pass – Switzerland to Italy

As we left our Swiss family, we headed out of Flims toward Ancona to catch our ferry over the Lukmanier Pass, also known as Ospizio del Lucomagno if you’re Italian. On the boarder everything has both Italian and German names – great if you speak one of the two languages[…]

Route Map of Greece & Turkey

The Marvels of Greece and Turkey

TwoUpRiders headed Southeast through Greece and Turkey. We started our trip from Milan where we last left the motorcycle. We were nervous, because we heard driving is crazy in Greece and even crazier in Turkey, but excited for this next adventure. Is it really an adventure if there isn’t a[…]