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  • Day52

    North past Corfu town to Ag Stefanos

    May 15, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    We departed Benitses after a lovely if very wet couple of days and motored our way up past Corfu Town and on to Ag Stefanos for coffee/ beer. Very relaxing location with some nice walks around headlands both north towards Kassiopi and south. We anchored up just around the corner from Stefanos in Ormos Vroulias for the night and switched off the AIS ready for our clandestine visit to Albania. As you can see three cruise ships stopped in Corfu town on Wednesday so glad we weren’t there then.Read more

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  • Day50

    Corfu town

    May 13, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    After a blowy night and with a very damp forecast for the day ahead we headed by bus to Corfu town to be proper tourists for the day see the sights we missed last year. The old fort was impressive, some of the Venetian buildings as well as the British ones were still standing some had been restored. The fisherman’s shacks lining the moat walk were brilliant and we enjoyed walking through the fort to visit Mandraki Marina. The view of old Corfu Town from the lighthouse at the top of the Fort took our breathe away mostly coz it was so windy but also pretty impressive. The church was a lot less sparkling than the average Greek church but so was the day, from about noon it has been raining but we are snug in a cafe with our first English paper since Dad bought one over in February. Had lovely lunch at Bellisimo restaurant in Corfu town. We stopped off at Lidl’s on the way back and bought a case so can start packing a few presents for when we come home. Who wants Ouzo?Read more

  • Day49

    Starvos Mount near Benitses

    May 12, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Took a stroll today up to the mountain top well a bit more of a scrabble in places I think we were up at 435m. Saw lots of lovely views, newts, a mini more, 1830s aqueduct, phone box, lots of churches obviously, hair pin bends that even as pedestrians we had to use the outside edge of and then got rained on, on the way back to the boat.Read more

  • Day47

    Benitses on Corfu

    May 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    We had a lovely Liberation Day evening in Sivota town, the bar we went to gave us free crisps, two coffee shot cocktails and a little toasted sandwich 🥪. The meal was also good and we got to watch a replay of the Spurs v Ajax Champions league semi final, a great game.
    The night was a bit rolly though so we decided to move on.
    First we visited Plataria that was a bit exciting John decided we would go through the Channel between the island and the mainland. It looked OK on the plotter but we had a close call with a very unfriendly looking rock in the middle of the Channel, lucky I’d randomly decided to go up to the bow and saw it just in time. After some reversing we managed to find a channel between the unfriendly rock and its smaller friend on the mainland side and anchored up just outside the harbour where we went for a mooch and a coffee. Nice quiet place saw some people practicing their stern too mooring so maybe and RYA tutor is based there. John saw a old white Mitchel 31 and a little green speedboat that had a flashing green light on it. We can only assume it doesn’t mean lifeboat personal as it does in
    Guernsey.
    Next we popped into Igoumenitsa to do some provisioning, then because wind had swung around again we headed across to Corfu island and a small harbour on Alykes Beach near Levkimmis point. The water was so blue and clear.
    Today we headed up the east coast of Corfu and are now tied up in Benitses harbour as thunder storms forecast for next few days. We took a short walk earlier inland to see the remains of the old aqueduct, if it’s not raining tomorrow morning we will go again and take camera as some lovely houses and sites.
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  • Day46

    Next stop Mourtos Islands

    May 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    While near Igoumenitsa we took the bikes ashore, dodging the cow pats, cows and dogs, and rode into town. It was nice enough but not sure where real people shop, there were loads of tavernas and cafes which I suppose makes sense as Igoumenitsa is the second largest passenger ferry port in Greece. The cafes all seemed to be really busy even though it was 10:30 on a Monday morning. I know in the UK it was May Day bank holiday but over here they celebrate May Day on the 1st of May and that was when the shops were all shut etc.
    Well Wednesday as forecast was beautiful, we decided to return south, only about 10 miles, to the Mourtos Islands near Sivota on the mainland. We are anchored up on our own on the west side of Bella Vraka beach, it wouldn’t be possible in full season as this is a Neilson resort with dinghies, kayaks, SUPs, wind surfers etc but it’s not open yet. The beach is only about a 5min walk from town but is so much more sheltered than the harbour. While here John finished off a small teak repair so now we have a piece of s/v Ocean Wolf on our deck, John used a piece of the old passerelle that he removed when he built the new one.
    Today we took the kayaks around the islands and saw bright red starfish, a natural chimney and an arch we could kayak through, and I didn’t bring the iPad as thought there would be nothing to see.
    Off to town later to jointly celebrate Liberation Day and 2 years of travelling and living aboard Take Five.
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  • Day41

    Lakka north of Paxos

    May 4, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Did a couple of nice walks between Mongonisi and Gaios saw the house John wants to buy and renovate, we then travelled north and went through Gaios harbour and up to Lakka, lots of our Levkas Marina friends had commented on how pretty it was so I thought we ought to have a look. It was beautiful turquoise water, white sand, blazing sunshine and.... Alex and B moored up on the town quay. We stopped off for a coffee and a chat, then Alex persuaded me to go for a swim with him and we managed to get B in as well, it was so nice. We met up again for tea at a newly opened Taverna -Stasanis I think it was spelt, my salad was delicious, rocket, lettuce, fig, pine nuts, prosciutto, sun dried tomato, basil, balsamic sauce and sultanas to hopefully name most of the ingredients. We were given a complementary Ouzo shot, that really is the only way to drink it, and complementary yoghurt and homemade marmalade. Today we headed NE are now anchored up in a shallow lagoon to the North of Igoumenitsa, we will be here a few days waiting for an early Meltemi to blow through.Read more

  • Day36

    Northwards

    April 29, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After the Easter BBQ we, well I had a lovely swim, john lifeguarded then we headed back to spend the night in Vliho where we had a look at all the boats that appeared to have been abandoned then back to Lefkada for final time and a meal at Zimis with Su from Ocean Wolf before departing the island this morning for good. We enjoyed ourselves immensely while there and will keep in touch with a lot of the lovely people we met. The sun was shining, the sea was flat it was a great day for our first decent length trip since November beautiful, unfortunately it clouded over on our way North and we have arrived in Paxos and anchored up in Mongonisi bay to the south, in the rain!! I am hoping to take some photos tomorrow as right now it’s still raining with a bit of additional thunder too, and the sun will show it in it’s true glory.Read more

  • Day35

    Easter Sunday early morning parade

    April 28, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As I mentioned the flame of Christ is flown in and after a church service the priests light the congregations candles and the congregation then light everyone else’s candles. Unfortunately it was a bit windy and the candles kept blowing out but the idea is that the flames get carried to peoples homes to bless the houses and families for the coming year. This is also the ending of Lent and some families break their fast after the service eating meat and other blood related food stuffs for the first time in 40 days, others wait till Easter Sunday lunch. Part of this also involves walking the churches decorated icons around the town.Read more

  • Day35

    Orthodox Easter in Greece

    April 28, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Just spent a wonderful day with Stephanie K and her family celebrating Easter Sunday in a typically Greek fashion with the whole family and lots of friends at the family villa just up the hill in Ligia. 3whole spit roasted lambs, dyed hard boiled eggs, that you use to try to crack your opponents egg, overall winner gets a year of good luck, lamb innards soup 🥣, name begins with a K, (surprisingly delicious) and wonderful patisserie style desserts.
    The previous evening we stayed up till midnight to attend the church service, see the icons on parade and light our candles from the light of Christ that gets flown to Greece by fighter jet from Jerusalem. We also got to hear a lot of giant banger and I mean giant, they hurt your ears. Photos of the parade to follow, will use those from the Lefkas press.
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  • Day30

    Sivota and Vliho

    April 23, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    From Meganissi we headed west then south to Sivota, on south of Lefkada. It was interesting to see it open as when we had visited before in December everything was closed. We met Nick and Gemma and their visitors and had a good meal at Stavros’ Taverna. Next day we had planned to visit Big Vathi on Ithaca but as we were leaving Sivota Ocean Wolf arrived and advised that Vathi was still very windy and choppy, so we decided to stay in Sivota for lunch with Su and Pieta and a game of Uno, then headed up to Vliho to try out their quiz night. We had fun we didn’t win but the belly pork with jacket spud and coleslaw was delicious. We did make a Minion though he’s Stuart apparently. Today we did a mammoth walk (20km) from Vliho to Poros then the Southeast point of Lefkas before heading to Dessimi beach along the east coast and back to boat. Would have been a lovely walk if we had followed road out of Vliho but we went a bit cross country and ended up scrambling along a stream bed to avoid the main road so it took us an hour and a half to cover about 4km. Plain sailing after that but at one stage we really thought we would have retrace our steps that was after about 3 km of scrambling so that wouldn’t have been good, saw some beautiful flowers, lots of butterflies and grasshoppers as well as goats.Read more

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