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Fanari Road

St Theodora Lighthouse

Date: 4th May 2009
Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: Not much
Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
With: Mum, Lisa and Rhiannon

Walk Summary:
A nice easy walk from Lassi along the Piccolo Yiro road to Fanari Beach returning via Argostoli, the lovely capital of Kefalonia.

Route Summary: Lassi - Piccolo Yiro - St Theodora Lighthouse - Fanari Beach - Katavothres - Italian Memorial - Argostoli Marina - Argostoli - Lassi

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Looking down to the small beach at Lassi
Burial pit used by the Germans after the massacre of Italian soldiers in WWII
Looking across the bay to Lixouri
St Theodora Lighthouse
Lisa, Mum and Rhiannon by the lighthouse
Old water wheel at Katavothres
Monument to the Italian soldiers who died on the island in the Second World War
Mum at Argostoli Marina
Statue of the poet Nikos Kavvadias at Argostoli harbour

Walk Detail: My first official 'walk' in foreign climes this was a nice easy walk with Lisa, Mum and Rhiannon which featured some historical and geographical features of interest before taking us into the bustling working town of Argostoli.

The walk was along a quiet road all the way. Among other things we saw a pit where the Germans executed 200 officers of the Italian 'Acqui' Division in September 1943, events that inspired the book and later film, 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. Further on we visited the small St Theodora lighthouse; the Katovathres sink holes and the official memorial to the Italian soldiers who lost their lives in WWII.

The memorial meant a steepish detour up a road but was worth seeing. On the way back down the hill it also allowed Rhiannon to have a bit of a walk. Argostoli itself was a nice town with a lot to see on the waterfront and a nice pedestrianised main street called Lithostroto.

The walk from Argostoli back to Lassi was not as nice as the pavements were very narrow and it was difficult dodging traffic with the pram. In Lassi we were hit by a a very heavy downpour which was nevertheless quite refreshing after what had been a fairly overcast and muggy walk. We all enjoyed it though.

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