The next stop on our cruise was Argostoli on the island of Cephalonia. Argostoli itself had very little going on in November. A lot of shops and restaurants were actually closed – it’s definitely a summer destination. Aside from getting a snack there and finding my obligatory magnet, there’s not too much to say about it.
So just for you, we’ll skip to the feet! Well, foot actually. And it’s Apostle Andrew’s, specifically. That’s right, there’s a monastery not far from Argostoli that claims to have the foot of St. Andrew. And who knows, maybe it does. I’m just not sure what Andrew would think of it. Perhaps, “Why are they keeping my mummified foot in a shrine?” Or as my dad suggested, “That’s not mine!”
Anyway, this unassuming little chapel is where the foot is kept. The inside is quite pretty. They let me take pictures until I got up to the foot, then I got yelled at. Luckily, I have the power of Google. Unluckily, Google has failed me. This is a picture of one of St. Andrew’s feet from a church in France. Supposedly there’s another in Patras, Greece. Now I never met Andrew, so I can’t say how many feet the guy had. But it seems like there’s at least one too many floating around.
Another building of the monastery is essentially a museum – there are pieces of old churches, paintings, and relics. The paintings are beautiful and it’s free, so it’s definitely worth meandering around for half an hour.
After the monastery, we headed to the coastal town of Sami, where we got to check out Melissani Cave. In Greek mythology, Melissani Cave was believed to be the cave of nymphs. Another cool part about it is that it’s the end of an underground river that spans the entire island of Cephalonia. The water disappears underground in southern Argostoli and comes back out in Sami in the north.
Melissani Cave is full of startlingly blue water and beautiful rock formations. In the summer it would be a great break from the heat, but in November it was actually a little chilly. From what I’ve read, there can be a long line to visit the cave during tourist season…. It was beautiful, but I don’t know if it would be worth a long wait. I mean, you’re only down on the water for about 15 minutes.
My dad and I certainly enjoyed it. After leaving Melissani Cave, we headed back toward Argostoli, making a pit stop in the town of Agia Effimia. Agia Effimia is a very cute, tiny town right on the water that was mostly closed up at this time of year. Some of the souvenir shops and restaurants were open though – they probably knew that tour buses were coming through. Unfortunately that meant that the few restaurants were all packed to the brim with hungry tourists.
Nope. No ATMs. We looked. We even asked a shopkeeper (with a translator, of course). We literally couldn’t spend money, even though we wanted to. So we kinda wandered around till it was time to get back on the bus.
Then we drove along the breathtaking coastline for a while before ending up back in Argostoli, and getting back on the ship. I’ll leave you with a photo of Myrtos Beach, one of the most popular beaches in all of Greece.
Up Next: Our LAST cruise stop – Split, Croatia!