A 708-day adventure by Cruising donkeys
  • Day704

    Agias Nikitas

    March 20, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    With John having Man flu this week, it was just me and Pete on the cycle up to Tsoukalades and then down to Agias Nikitas on the west coast, yet more stunning views, Lefkada island has some hidden treasures. On the way back we saw a wheelie bin that was being staked out by the local cats, and stopped for a great coffee in Tsoukalades at the top of the hill. Pete generously bought some of TTs (tall Tony’s) favourite cakes so we delivered them on the way back and at his flat I found some freesias, smelt them first obviously then saw them, they remind me of Guernsey so much.
    This week was also a good one for me in the quiz, our team won, the credit goes largely to Steve and Mags but I do remember getting one answer correct, how many points is the letter L worth in scrabble! Well done me.
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  • Day699

    Cycling to Karya

    March 15, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    We had a great morning out yesterday when Pete and Irene took us on a very scenic and little travelled route up to Karya in the centre of Lefkada island. The uphill section took a very long time and at each corner Pete assured us we had done the worst bit and that we were nearly there only for us to turn the corner and it appear even steeper. Pete used to be in advertising, you can tell. A restorative coffee and cake in Lazarata meant we made it to Karya. OK this section was mostly flat then downhill towards Nidri with gorgeous views across to Megannisi, before the flat costal section back to Lefkada.Read more

  • Day694

    Lefkada Carnival

    March 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    This weekend was carnival weekend on the island with Nidri celebrating on Saturday night and Lefkada town celebrating Sunday night, some serious effort went into floats, costumes, routines etc well done everyone we had a great time at both evenings watching the festivities even if our ears are still a little sore.Read more

  • Day692

    Melissa Gorge Walk

    March 8, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Took part in the Melissa Gorge pre walk today walking 16km, almost all of it was on secluded lanes, with some absolutely stunning scenery. Thank you Bill Jo Alex and Ian for your company. We won’t be able to do the actual as have other commitments but Bill being the Boy Scout wanted to be prepared and know what it was like when tackling with the larger group.Read more

  • Day684

    Summer is definitely on its way

    February 28, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After a very windy long weekend Tuesday was glorious and we went with our Swedish friends on a lovely walk inland, it was number 17 in the Lefkada on Foot book John got for Christmas. On Wednesday while John was working on repairing a passerelle I and the other knit and natter ladies helped Trudy with her Levkaxit sculpture that is made from single use plastics. Trudy is a British artist based in Lefkada for the winter she is well known for her work on recycling and with plastics.Read more

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    Love your hair Beth x

  • Day680

    Cold spell

    February 24, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

    We woke up this morning to snow on the hills, we should have realised it was a cold night when the cat came to join us in bed, (photos courtesy of Lefkada Press). Overnight gusts reach 67knots but we are nice and sheltered on our mooring, others not so lucky so a few shredded foresails around and other cover damage.Read more

  • Day679

    JVK Birthday

    February 23, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

    Our return trip from Athens was hassle free and we had some great views of the Gulf of Preveza where we are likely to spend some time next month before our lift out for antifouling and the 10year survey.
    We made a random purchase in Athens of a stylised fishing trawler that is also a light, we love it.

    On the Saturday night we had a Chinese night to attend at Vliho Yacht Club. It was a great meal, lots of variety, good company and alcohol free ginger beer all for the bargain price of €15 each.
    John’s Birthday was the following day and it was an odd way to spend a birthday but we took part in the Clean up your Gyras, which the equivalent of a Beach Clean we picked up litter on the north edge of the Lagoon both on the beach and on the lagoon side. There was a huge amount of plastic and a lot of tyres as well as some fly tipping of electrical gubbins. But I definitely felt a sense of achievement after 3 hours of work, John did pack up a bit earlier but OK it was his birthday.
    We have now settled back into the swing of things and have had some great weather, it was so good yesterday that unfortunately John felt the need to take off his shirt 🤪 while working, not sure the other marina residents were really ready for that. On Wednesday night we took part in the quiz again and managed a creditable third, which as our team mate Pieta put it means we are starting to fill our heads will too much useless knowledge.
    Today we said welcome to our boat guest Zinghy, who is with us for 10 days. He has settled in and made himself at home already.
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  • Day666


    February 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    I was getting very confused looking at the signs around the city. The signs said Acropolis but the tickets were for Parthenon. It took me a while but I have finally figured out that the hill is called the Acropolis and within it is the Parthenon, the Odeon of Herod, and Theatre of Dionysus. They are very impressive, as John would say, ‘piles of ancient rocks’, though not so much of a pile nowadays as a lot of architectural reconstruction has taken place. The Odeon, which is like a small theatre is used in the summer for performances. We also watched the Sunday ‘changing of the guard’ with the brass band and funny walks and uniforms of tutus and pom-poms. I suppose in reality their uniforms are no more ridiculous then Beefeaters outfits.Read more

  • Day665

    Less touristy sites of Athens

    February 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We have also seen some of the less popular tourist attractions. We visited Voula’s on the beach front and then Flisvos Marina using the Tram, the marina is full of very very impressive yachts (look up Radiant, it was originally commissioned for Abramovich’s rival) as well as what appeared to be a historic naval ship. We also met Steve ‘Brody’ whom we originally met in Almerimar on his Amel 48, he was headed to Leros where the boat was resting for the winter before he takes it to Turkey for a refit later in the year. He is still very smitten with the boat and has been around most of the north of the Mediterranean already.
    We also saw a Royal Enfield garage.
    At our lunch stop on the steps in the Anafiotika district where we had a delicious Greek Meze plate, we saw this adorable if not very friendly Persian cat.
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