A Walk From Ano Volimes To Micro Nisi
Last Sunday’s walk with the Zakynthos Walking Group was a 9km hike from Ano Volimes to Micro Nisi. It wasn’t a particularly difficult walk, but the rough terrain made it a bit hard underfoot. Sometimes I think that walking uphill is actually easier than walking downhill on loose stone and rocks.
It was a pretty walk led by John and Jo, which gave Derek our usual walk leader a chance to enjoy the walk and take photos at leisure without having to worry about stragglers *ahem*… In my defence it’s not a race and everywhere is just sooooo pretty! How can I not stop to admire the view and take a photo or two?
On last weeks walk, I managed to take just 54 photos the whole walk and still managed to get that down to fourteen to share in a post.
This week it was a slightly different story. I have just spent the last couple of hours trying to reduce the number of photos I took to a reasonable amount to share with you. It’s been a painful couple of hours too, not without a few tears!
I want to share them all as Zakynthos is such a beautiful island and we walk in parts many people never get to see.
Well, that’s enough of my waffle! Would you like to join me on our walk from Ano Volimes to Micro Nisi Through My Lens? Come take a peek…
Ano Volimes To Micro Nisi
Through My Lens
The Zakynthos Walking Group met up at one of the churches in Ano Volimes. Luckily there were only about three churches to choose from!
After a long summer, this what many of us look forward to in winter is; getting out and appreciating the beauty of the island.
The sun kept playing hide and seek behind the clouds, but at least it didn’t rain!
In some places on our hike, there was green as far as the eye could see.
The walk was mainly downhill which was quite hard on the ankles. This was a nice flat bit.
During the summer Zakynthos suffered many wildfires. On the drive up we saw some very sad sights of acres of burnt land. The burnt smell was still strong. Our hike from Ano Volimes to Micro Nisi took us through some burnt land.
I couldn’t capture the full extent of the damage caused. Let’s just say it was a very sad sight and it’s going to take a long time (if ever) for the island’s natural environment to recover.
This fire damage was nothing compared to what we saw on the drive up.
These dainty cyclamens were thriving nicely in the stony ground.
These crocus type flowers flower later at the top of the island. It’s funny how in such a short distance the climate changes. Zakynthos is only 40km (ish) at it’s longest point.
You’d think it was spring!
Let’s Not Forget The Olive Trees
This old olive tree had a for sale sign on it. Really? How would we have got it home?… The chap in the photo seems to be duelling with an invisible somebody… We are a mixed bunch! And that’s the fun of the group.
Our hike from Ano Volimes To Micro Nisi took us through noticeably different terrain.
The trunks of the old olive trees are very impressive wherever you are on the island…
And On With The Walk From Ano Volimes To Micro Nisi
Even the tiniest of villages in the middle of nowhere have a church
How can you get sick of views like this?
Just look at that view too.
The compulsory sheep photo. How many of you would have shouted “mint sauce” too? A few I bet!
We were so engrossed with taking photos me and Derek did get a little separated from the group.
Waiting for someone?Or just admiring the view?
We knew that Micro Nisi (small island) wasn’t far off when we started to see the sea.
The sun may have been playing hide and seek behind the clouds, but that didn’t stop some people from stripping off and enjoying some sun before winter sets in.
The view from the taverna where we stopped for coffee and cake. It’s fair to say we earned it (the cake that is)!
That was our hike from Ano Volimes To Micro Nisi as seen Through My Lens. I hope you enjoyed it… See the Micro Nisi (small island)?
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