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On Tour - Greece and Crete Tour 10 April 2016

  

We left Delphi at 0830 on our journey to Kalambaka via Brallos Pass and Domokos. The weather was very overcast and the mist against the rock face of the huge cliffs made visibility poor. Leaving Delphi we headed through the Gorge past Viviani to Gravia. Gravia is at the northern end of the Gorge and for centuries a strategic location for the Greeks. It was here that there was a major victory in the revolution against the Ottoman Rule in the late 19th Century.

Firstly, we visited the Brallo British Cemetery located to the north of the village and then Tasos, our driver, took us on a cook's tour of the village before coffee in a small café there. At the end of WW1 the British 49th Hospital relocated to Gravia and the cemetery was established due to the death rate from the Spanish Flu at the end of the War.

We then visited the 2/4th Battalion's reserve position in the valley before venturing through the Brallos village to the pass itself. However, due to a speed rally using the old road we were not able to enter the plain via the old road so proceeded to the flat country at the bottom of the Pass where we had lunch.

After our lunch break we headed north to Domokos and viewed and discussed the area where Lee Force was deployed as a main rear guard, but was not required as the main body had cleared the Lamia bottleneck before Brigadier Lee's deadline. Most of our group climbed the Acropolis of Domokos to take in the view before returning to our coach.

Our visit over, we mounted our coach and headed off to Kalambaka where tomorrow we visit the Meteora Monasteries.






  

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