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  • Day605

    Lefkas Marina All settled

    December 11, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Well we have now put some more fuel on board, we were going to fill up but diesel was 1.689 a litre so only put in enough to avoid condensation in the tank. We had seen at the fuel pumps at a garage just out of town on the way to the supermarket that diesel is 1.48 at the pumps! We shouldn’t have been surprised, like the Marinero said,who helped us moor, the only thing you can do for free in this marina is pee!!
    Well we found a laundry after wandering round town for a bit with a couple of full bags, problem was the one we went to couldn’t do the wash till Friday and we were both a bit too short of underwear to wait that long. We are now on our winter berth G10 luckily it’s nice and close to a toilet and shower block and seems like it will be well sheltered.
    We have made contact with the stalwarts of the Marina live aboard, or used to, community. We are booked on a Christmas Lunch at Vliho Yacht Club, that’s near Nidri to the south but there is a minibus to collect and return us and they are able to cater for John. He is a very happy bunny 🐰 as today, following directions from the marina cafe staff we found a bakery that cooks gluten free bread daily for only €1.30 a loaf. Through the ‘friends of Lefkas Marina’ Facebook page we have also found a baker prepared to try to make John a GF meat pie! Not sure if she has any idea how difficult GF pastry can be!
    We are going to the quiz night on Wednesday, and there is a happy hour in the Marina cafe/bar on Thursday when we should be able to meet more people. Today I went to knit and natter so have learnt a new knitting skill I can now ‘make one’ ( for those not in the know that means adding in a stitch). There is a walking group that meet on a Sunday morning as well as bridge and ballroom dancing, we have decided to give the last two a miss for now.
    Our Christmas lights up, this year we have some internal and some external, it’s raining right now so photo to follow. We have also received some Christmas presents, thank you Pampers! Th3 towns Christmas lights are also good and I hope we have a dry evening when I can take some photos.
    The gym, which is 159m from mooring is basic but has everything I need and the classes seem good did a Pilates with the ring class today and am expecting to ache a little tomorrow but still booked in for Pilates on the Swiss ball.
    We haven’t done any of the maintenance jobs yet but have visited lots of chandlery shops to price up kit and supplies so are running it of excuses now, maybe tomorrow if it’s not raining.
    Well all the best feel free to email us about your Christmas plans etc or just to confirm that someone is reading this.
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  • Day684

    Summer is definitely on its way

    February 28 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

  • Day631

    Epiphany (Twelfth Night) in Lefkas

    January 6 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Today we walked to the bridge in town to watch the Epiphany celebrations. There was the local marching band, after there arrival the priests blessed the water and then people threw last years oranges in the water and dunked the new ones three times. Apparently you keep the dunked oranges in your house for the year to bring you luck. After that young men lads really jump in the water to try to be first to reach the wooded cross the priests threw in, the one to get it will have luck throughout the year.Read more

  • Day659

    Wacky Walkers

    February 3 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    So today’s walk gave us some great views, I’m not in the photo as prior to this I went ahead to look for a route with Ian and we were then left behind😠.Luckily everyone made it to lunch OK. The boat is in the Villa pool you can rent it through AirBnb.
    Other piccy is one Victoria took while doing a walking photography tour in Lefkas, we were on our way to the repair cafe in Z bar where John repaired a chair and table. Other people were doing electrical appliances, sewing, knitting and recycling by weaving plastic and crocheting plastic bags, all very ECO. I just drank coffee and chatted.Read more

  • Day699

    Cycling to Karya

    March 15 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

  • Day595

    Sami on Cephalonia

    December 1, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    OK so we are getting closer every trip to our Christmas 🎄 stopover location of Lefkas Marina on Lefkas. After waiting out a couple of days of high winds up in Messolonghi, we headed south down the channel to the open water. I had eaten ginger, taken tablets and was wearing my anti seasick bands all it turns out for no reason, there was a little chop but as we stayed in the shallow water as we headed west along the coast it didn’t amount to much. We then hugged Oxia island and headed slightly north to Ormos Petalas, a large shallow lagoon as more winds expected, and they did arrive so we stayed two nights and one day with only distant lights for company while winds howled around us. Sea didn’t pick up but that was probably because we were anchored in only 8 foot of water.
    On 30th November we continued the trip west, again it was a lot more pleasant than expected with the sun coming out for most of it, 4hours later we arrived in Sami harbour and found 2fishing boats and 1 other yacht. Ludwig the Danish owner of the other yacht a steel self build is off home on Monday leaving his boat alongside on the quay. We were a bit dubious but he has been cruising the Northern Ionian for 5years and all the locals know him and he assures us they will watch his boat for him.
    Today we walked to the main sites near the harbour, the Paleokastro and Antes Fanentes two sites from ancient Sami an Acropolis and church respectively. The last photo is of the walking trail backdown to town, it didn’t feel very Greek.
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  • Day597

    Fiskardo, northern Cephalonia

    December 3, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Travelled from Sami up the Ithaca Channel to the pretty little harbour of Fiskardo. By all accounts it’s a very popular yachtie stop, and we can understand why just glad we visited in December and appeared to be the only visitors. Did a couple of walks one through the Cypress trees to the south the other to the lighthouses on the headland The older, Venetian lighthouse is now in a private houses garden, how awesome would that be? Scenery was stunning, sorry no photos as took camera not iPad. This morning on another walk, this time to the northwest, where we saw loads of toadstools I even managed a quick skinny dip, bonus of being the only ones around, bays and coves were lovely, water was beautiful aquamarine and surrounding rock is flinty so lovely smooth white pebbles, idyllic. In the photo of the town on the left you can see a yellow house with blue shutters it’s for sale and is the one John wants!Read more

  • Day600

    Meganisi

    December 6, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    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, 2018 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    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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  • Day625

    Happy New Year

    December 31, 2018 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Here’s wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019.
    As you can see the weather here in the Mediterranean is very British it’s cold, wet and windy!
    In preparation for the party tonight John and I helped to build some plastic screens to enclose the outside space and decorate the area.

    Καλή Χρονιά!: Happy New Year!
    We had an awesome night at the Porto Cafe New Years Eve Party well done Victoria Moores
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Ionian Islands, Ιόνια Νησιά, Îles Ioniennes, Isole Ionie, 이오니아 제도 주

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