Ionian Islands

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  • Day600


    December 6 in Greece

    So from Fiscardo, we travelled a whole 10 miles to Vassiliki in the south of Lefkas. They are building what should be, if it is finished a very well equipped and sheltered marina here. We found room to go alongside on the town quay and apart from the work on the marina it was very quiet we found one open coffee shop no taverna though so after a walk around town and along the beach we had food on board. The next day it was only 5 miles to Sivota but we stopped on the way so I could have a swim, after the skinny dip I realised the water is a lot warmer than I expected so as the sun was out I did a 30min swim and wiped the face of the depth sounded as the reading were getting a bit hazy. We had thought that Vassiliki was quiet, well nothing was open in Sivota not even a cafe, but it was a very sheltered bay and in shoulder months is probably lovely. This time of year the sun left the moorings very early and it got a bit chilly. Once again a walk then food on board.
    Today we travelled 6 miles to get to Port Spiglia on Meganisi. We were approached by a coastguard boat but when we slowed they waved and zoomed off. We have walked up the hill to Spartakhori, where there was one very Greek cafe that was open it was full of old men drinking Greek coffee, we saw quite a few very old looking Greek ladies all in black including the headscarf. We also rode our bikes around the coast to Vathi where we found coffee but again no tavernas, perhaps we can eat out tomorrow in Nidri, who knows.
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  • Day603

    Lefkas Marina

    December 9 in Greece

    We travelled from Meganisi a whole 4miles to Nidri where we moored alongside on what turned out to be a private pontoon. But on the way we stopped so I could have another swim. We would have moored on the town quay but it was full of ferries taking a winter break. Fortunately the owner of the pontoon, Kelvin was very nice and didn’t charge us, also he has a team of English speaking engineers so might use them to service the injectors, apparently. We did manage to eat out in Nidri and there was even a choice but we were sold when we saw the very large pizza oven and warming flames. I had our first fish meal since arriving in Greece, sea bream and salad delicious, we have avoided fish up till now as very expensive and charged by the kg but this was €13 so quite reasonable, John had peppered steak.
    The next day Saturday we headed north around the Lefkas coast and arrived at Lefkas Marina after a final cruising week of glorious sunshine ☀️. On Friday it was so hot I had to seek the shade, seems ridiculous right now. Glad we’re here as 1 we needed a good long shower and 2 it’s now raining heavily and is due to continue for the next couple of days. Refer photo. So far we have been shopping and scoped out the nearest cafe, it’s warm and does a great milky coffee, we have even joined their ‘club’ so get reduced rate drinks including coffee, result! But still need to find a cheaper laundromat, there is one in the marina but they charge €15 to wash and dry an ordinary load which seems pricey. I have found the gym, which is on site and will join Monday, only because it’s closed on Sundays, today.
    If the rain lets up we are planning on going out for Sunday lunch and to try to find out about Christmas Day options.

    The Marina office isn’t open till Monday when we will ask for a berth the other side of the pontoon so the stern is facing south and bow is into prevailing wind so we can be as warm as possible. Greece is definitely going to be a cooler and wetter than Almerimar I just hope there are enough dry days to get the necessary winter maintenance done.
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  • Day4

    La Perla

    October 6 in Greece

    Heute Abend hatten wir eine Reservierung im La Perla, ein italienisches Spezialitätenrestaurant. Ein kurzer Blick in die Karte und huch - sollte das nicht auch inklusive sein? Wieso stehen da Preise dran?! Kurze Blicke getauscht - über unsere treudoofe Art gelacht und ich habe drüber nachgedacht, nur eine Vorspeise zu bestellen. Der Kellner fragt nach unserem Getränkewunsch: “Danke, das Wasser reicht mir“. Nachdem mich Daniele überredet hat, doch eine Hauptspeise zu bestellen, haben wir unser vermeintlich teures Essen genossen. Danach haben wir doch das deutsche Pärchen neben uns gefragt. “Doch, doch, das ist inklusive, wir wissen auch nicht genau, warum da Preise dran stehen“. So ein Mist, dann hätten wir auch eine Vorspeise nehmen können. Ein Dessert? Ja gerne! 😅Read more

  • Day3


    October 5 in Greece

    Im Jahre 1888 beschloss Sissi, die Villa eines korfiotischen Diplomaten zu kaufen und auf dem Gelände ein Sommerschloss im pompejanischen Stil errichten zu lassen. Bis zu ihrer Ermordung im Jahre 1898 besuchte sie das Schloss immer wieder. Sissi benannte das Schloss nach Achilles, den sie bewunderte.Read more

  • Day3


    October 5 in Greece

    Kanóni - die Spitze der Halbinsel Análipsi. Ein Ort für Romantiker und Flugzeugfans. Der Blick auf die wunderschöne Mäuseinsel einerseits, der Blick auf den Flughafen Korfus andererseits. Bei einem Mittagessen haben wir die Aussicht genossen und die landenden und startenden Flugzeuge beobachtet. Einfach ein wunderschöner Ort 😍Read more

  • Day7

    Pfad nach Pentáti

    October 9 in Greece

    Sowohl der Reiseführer als auch unser Taxifahrer gab uns den Tipp, in das Bergdorf Pentáti zu wandern. Gesagt - getan. Ein kleiner Trampelpfad führt von Agios Gordios aus durch die Berge, vorbei an steilen Klippen und immer wieder wird man mit einer atemberaubenden Aussicht belohnt. Besonders der Blick auf den Orthólithos (“senkrecht stehender Stein“) war traumhaft. Der Weg ist das Ziel 😍Read more

  • Day7


    October 9 in Greece

    Angekommen in Pentáti ging es zum Chris Place zu Sofía (übrigens auch ein Tipp aus dem Reiseführer und vom Taxifahrer). Dort haben wir bei einem griechischen Kaffee und einem Eiskaffee die wundervolle Aussicht genossen. Pentáti ist ein kleines, verschlafenes Bergdorf und total lohnenswert als Ausflugsziel. Das letzte Foto ist ein Suchbild - was hat sich darauf wohl versteckt?Read more

  • Day3

    Having checked the weather forecast for today, at one point it suggested rain but fortunately it was wrong because the weather turned out to be just right ... bright and sunny with very pleasant temperatures. For sailing, the wind was great in the morning but virtually non-existent in the afternoon.

    The day, then, started with the standard morning briefing where the destination is set and the sea conditions given. Then, having taken breakfast in a small restaurant, it was back to Rincewind to prepare to leave. This didn't take long at all and Rob was really excited when he was given the opportunity to take the helm to steer the yacht from its moorings and out to sea. In no time at all the boat was in open water and the sails were raised.

    It turned out to be a great morning sailing with a steady wind (yesterday it kept changing direction) and the yacht maintaining a really good speed. At times waves broke over the bow and you really felt like you were moving. Penny & Tom commented this was probably the best wind they'd had in Greece and maybe this was helped by the fact they were sailing in open water - as the course changed southward the wind died down.

    At lunchtime Penny & Tom knew of a quiet little bay to anchor for lunch and this is just what they did. Lunch consisted of Greek salad, nibbles and rum punch ... it really is a hard life!

    Penny decided to go swimming and commented how warm the water felt, once you were in. Rob spent some time feeding a shoal of fish with some bread left over from the meal and Alan & Tom just spent the time relaxing.
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  • Day3

    Having upped anchor and motored out from the bay it appeared the wind had almost died away to nothing, so the only option was to continue with engine power.

    The sea conditions were calm and with little breeze, other than that created by the movement if the boat, Tom and Rob decided it was a perfect opportunity to test fly the drone from a moving vessel.

    They decided a good take-off spot was towards the front of the yacht and set-up there, but this turned out not to be such a good idea. The drone didn't cope well with fact that it's take-off spot moved and this confused it completely. It wizzed off towards the rear of the boat, collided simultaneously with Rob and the mast, stopped it's rotors and sulked, which is pretty much what Rob and Tom did as they collected the drone and checked it was okay. It was.

    It turns out that it's really hard to fly a drone from a moving boat so after a bit of analysis it was decided it wasn't a good idea given the chances of it ending up in the sea were quite high. So the rest of the journey was simply chilling out until it was time to prepare Rincewind for her mooring. That went perfectly and with everything in place it was once again time for a G&T. It seems to be a ritual one simply has to do, you know.

    So, still no sunset and not even the slightest evidence of some bloke with an eye patch and parrot. Maybe tomorrow then, Jim lad!
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Ionian Islands, Ιόνια Νησιά, Îles Ioniennes, Isole Ionie, 이오니아 제도 주

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