Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The end of the best way to see Greece

It was with dismay that I read that OSE (the Hellenic Railways Organisation) is going to eliminate some of its loss-making routes; routes that I have travelled on, particularly in the Peloponnese – Corinth, Napfaktos, Patras; or, going south, on the narrow gauge railway, Corinth, Mycenae, Argos, through Arkadia to Kalamata and up the west coast to Kyparissia and Pyrgos – and in Macedonia, from Thessaloniki, east to Serres and Drama, and west to Naoussa and Edessa. It is a fantastic way to see the country – the stations themselves are architectural gems and socially fascinating – and it is a great pity these routes were underused and will now be closed.