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  • Day548

    Patmos

    October 15 in Greece

    We had thought we would be almost surfing our way south to Patmos but once we were clear of Fournoi there was next to no wind so a lovely cruise south to Patmos where we went onto the Town Quay unassisted! This is in a large natural harbour with one town at the port the other main town is called Chora and is up the hill. So we have now visited the’Cave of the Apocalypse’ St Johns Monastery, Patmos windmills, Ancient Kastelli and more churches than you can shake a stick at. Here are some photos the next post will just be more photos.Read more

  • Day549

    More Patmos photos

    Yesterday in Greece

    Wax blocks at Monastery for candles we assume
    John being very enthusiastic about braces that can be pulled across inside of Monastery doors to prevent entry.
    Looking up at floor of Monastery room from alley underneath looks a bit like wattle and daub
    Two pretty views in Skala at bottle of hill
    Back of the Patmos windmills two of which date from 16th century, other must be replica?

  • Day192

    Kos

    August 23 in Greece

    Die Tage auf Kos waren ziemlich entspannt, viel gab es auch nicht zu tun. Am Strand relaxen, durch Kos Stadt laufen, hier und da essen gehen, etwas überteuerte Ruinen anschauen & den ein oder anderen Cocktail trinken.
    Lena flog am 18.08 wieder zurück nach Deutschland - War ein schöner Urlaub :)

    Lange blieb Ich jedoch nicht alleine, Chris der auch schon in der Mongolei mit dabei war ist Abends noch auf Kos gelandet, Ich holte ihn ab und wir fuhren direkt an den Strand.

    Um von Kos runterzukommen wollten wir am nächsten Tag eine Fähre nach Piräus (direkt bei Athen) buchen - diese war allerdings für die nächsten 4 Tage ausgebucht...
    Wir machten das beste daraus und gingen zum Formel 1 Schauen in eine Bar.
    Als wir da so in der Bar bei einem Bier saßen meldete sich ganz spontaner Besuch aus Hamburg von Theresa an - ca. 5h Später standen wir wieder am Flughafen und waren nun die nächsten 4 Tage zu 3. unterwegs...
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  • Day535

    Kos

    October 2 in Greece

    So second time lucky, when we arrived at the Old Harbour and moored up under the Venetian Castle the Marinaro asked us what took so long, as we had booked they were tracking us on AIS, we explained that actually trip was faster than normal as we used foresail and had a following wind for most of journey. First day here we walked to Marina and had a shower, then we did the shopping but no Gluten free bread to be found so I will do some baking in the morning, our days are so exciting. Now have new yeast as 2 previous attempts were disasters the dough didn’t rise at all.
    Today earlyish I went for a run along beach to North and ended up in military prohibited 🚫 zone, I explained to the armed sentries that there were no signs on the beach 🤭. Then after breakfast we rode to the thermal beach, hot air bubbling up and hot water running in had made a section of the beach into a thermal pool, problem was that you couldn’t actually get that close to hot spring. In the photo John gave it a go and nearly scalded his feet, you can see most people are over to the left where the sea water reduces the temperature so it’s just hot! There were also a couple of goats on the beach wandering across towels and looking for food. This afternoon we mooched through the old town following one of the self guided walks to see some of the historic sites that you can see in the photographs. Unfortunately some of the more impressive sites have been damaged by quakes some old some newer the last photo shows the damage to the quay. The minaret of the Mosque is held up with scaffolding and the Mosque is closed as dangerous.
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  • Day533

    Kalymnos

    September 30 in Greece

    Hello again both we and the boat are fine. From Symi we headed to Kos hoping to go in the old harbour but it was full so we motored on to Pserimos and this time round we stayed overnight in the small harbour. There were no other yacht when we arrived so we went alongside leaving space on the wall behind us, later 2 other yachts did arrive one decided to anchor outside of the shelter of the harbour mole. No idea why, they must have had a very bumpy night. The other guys went stern to on the ferry mole, so all good. We had a chat with one of the taverna owners about island life on Pserimos in winter. After end of October only about 20 people stay full time on the island everyone else decamps back to Kalymnos for the winter. This year there will be a few extra people as the local hotelier is renovating a couple of houses. One of the tavernas also stays open to provide coffee and a place for people to meet. So it’s a bit like Herm really.
    After our night on Pserimos we phoned Kos and booked 2 nights there but as they had no room for the current night and the following days weather was rubbish high winds and rain, we booked for Monday and a Tuesday night so will be headed there tomorrow morning. So we have spent two days in Kalymnos, the sponge diving capital of Greece. We just mooched around town and the harbour visiting some of the numerous churches and wandering along the maze like alleys on the Saturday. We saw the church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of the sponge divers, that had been funded by the sponges caught on the last dive of the season over many years in the courtyard of the church was a wonderful miniature dive boat. In the outer harbour there were loads of dead boats we think they might have been migrant ones, they take up a lovely sheltered corner. Up the hillside to the west of the town was another church and cemetery with incredible views. Today we did part of the Italian Way, this is what the path between Kalymnos town called Pothia and the village of Vathi is called as it was built by the Italians in the first half of the 29th century as no overland route existed. It is paved in part and goat 🐐 track in others and also fairly steep. We only did part as weren’t able to find out if there were any buses on a Sunday to or from Vathi, so we walked from Pothia where the harbour is up and over until we could see Vathi in the valley beneath us and mainland Turkey just, the views along the way were stunning.
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  • Day524

    Giali

    September 21 in Greece

    We enjoyed our time in Leros but more high winds were forecast so after taking receipt of our repaired foresail and getting winched up the mast to release the leech line. (The rope that gets attached to the top of the foresail that because it’s a furling foresail stays at the top usually but comes down when you pull the sail down to store it). We reattached the foresail and headed off, on the recommendation of Sarah and Dennis and because of the wind direction, we headed south travelling down the east coast of Kalymnos and went to the island of Pserimos and the harbour where we lunched. We had hoped to anchor here but way too much swell and we couldn’t moor Med style until later when all the trip boats had left the island so instead we anchored off the south coast with a line ashore just us and the local goats, lovely. In the harbour yachts had anchored in the space indicated in the local pilot book only to be almost run over when the large black and yellow trip boats went stern too on the East mole. Next day we skirted the east and south east coast Kos and anchored on the south coast of Giali where they mine the local sand from the cliffs, not exactly picturesque but an interesting and sheltered anchorage only 3miles North of our destination.Read more

  • Day525

    Nisiros by quad

    September 22 in Greece

    We arrived nice and early in Nisiros and as we had enjoyed the quad biking in Leros and because buses only ran between three points on the island we hired another quad bike. This meant we could go to Mandraki harbour where the main town was and trip boats from Kos docked as well as Eborios a small village on the north side of the caldera where there was the tiniest sauna ever and incredible views North of Giali and Kos. We then travelled towards the centre but visited Nikia another village on the south east edge of the caldera before we headed down into the Caldera itself and the two smaller but still steaming craters. We took the unsaved road south from the crater and westwards around the island to the PaleoCastro old castle for the sunset 🌅 before returning to the boat in Palon.Read more

  • Day517

    Koufonisia

    September 14 in Greece

    On our from Naxos SE towards the Dodecanese we passed Koufonisia it looked beautiful but a bit small to spend the next week on and the Pilot book said the bay experienced severe gusts during the Meltemi, so onwards we headed. Admittedly the Pilot book also said that it wasn’t possible to take the channel between the islands that we had just taken to reach the Koufonisia harbour but hey you can’t be right all the time and our Greek chart was quite sure there was plenty of water and space. Sadly once we cleared this island the sea got a lot choppier and the wind picked up so I spent the next 8hours lying on the floor😓 feeling very sorry for myself. We arrived at Levitha, our anchorage, at 9pm in the dark and tried to find a mooring bouy, we gave up and anchored leaving again early to come here to Leros. Levitha also looked good but almost deserted we could hear goats and apparently there was 1taverna, that was who had put in the mooring bouys. Perhaps we will be able to go back for a couple of nights but a week would be too long. Again the journey started well but deteriorated to me lying on the floor feeling queasy🤢 and then just before we arrived the jib catch, at the top, it might be called the leach, broke. We managed to furl the sail roughly to get into the large natural harbour at Lakki on Leros and anchored up. This was Saturday the sail guy is going to come and have a look 👀 tomorrow to let us know the cost of repair, we will also get the sacrificial edge, the UV bit, replaced as it is almost completely gone. We have also replaced the Greek courtesy flag with a new one. Photo of map will help with next post from our quad biking day.Read more

  • Day521

    Quad biking around Leros

    September 18 in Greece

    Since we had a day to wait until our foresail was ready we hired a quad bike for a day and took a whistle stop drive around. We went first to the Castle near Plantanos passing a row of windmills that had been converted into holiday lets they looked lovely. The Castle was built by the Knights of St John on the site of older temples and had commanding views of all the island bays. Then down into Agia Marina for a coffee before visiting the British war cemetery. This is, per the museum curator at the Castle, where Ginger Baker’s (from the band Cream) Dad is buried. We then drove North to the airport and beyond to the boatyards at Partheni and to Blefouti where we tried to find the vineyards and failed probably for the best as John was driving and unless the wine is sweet I wouldn’t like it. My palette is not cultured yet. The airport is tiny with one runway that only takes prop planes and ends at the sea. We then headed to Gourna bay for lunch where I tried Mussels Saganaki, that means in a tomato garlic and feta sauce, very Greek and very nice John had Pork steak beautifully cooked and huge. We don’t understand why pork is so cheap when we haven’t seen a single pig. After lunch we decided to tackle one of the many peaks on the island and chose the one in the South West up from Xirocampos, it was a heck of a drive on a gravel road the engine on the bike it was only a 150 struggled on some of the inclines, but the views at the top were awesome, we even found a German looking bunker. The trip down was even slower than on the way up, and we were impressed with the local goats road sense, as we approached they got off the road and when we had passed got back on. We then went back up the island to Panteli for an ice cream 🍦 before popping in for some shopping before returning the bike. After we dropped off the bike we met Sandra and Dennis for a drink, this is a couple who lived in Beaucette for 4 years in early 2000. They have been sailing for 18 years on and off, stopping and working when necessary. We chatted about Guernsey 🇬🇬 and also their travels.Read more

  • Day539

    Lipsoi

    October 6 in Greece

    Us again, we had a long but pleasant cruise from Kos up the East coast of Kalymnos to Leros where we anchored off Alinda (where the allied cemetery was that we visited before). That evening Steven and Susan came to see us, they had the Nauticat anchored alongside us. Bizarrely they recognised Take Five, they had almost bought her a year before John did but after shaking hands on the deal the seller changed his mind. They had a mooch and you could tell Steven was still really taken with her, he even commented about all the Greek fishermen who had made a detour to come past the boat so they could get a better look. John did tell Steven that for £150,000 Take Five was for sail and they know where we will be for the winter so you never know.
    The next morning we headed out of the bay only to notice a fishing boat waving at us. We then noticed some floating rope that we were about to pass over, about 200m marked with only a large round bobber at mid point. We passed over it OK in neutral then realised that this floating rope was attached to a net with little floats that was running across the bay, we then saw the other piece of floating rope,well the bobber, off the other side!! So to get out of the bay we had to cross the floating rope again and then keep close into a reef on the side of the bay until we were clear of the net. Surely that can’t be legal, I expect some of the other yachts might have caught it, as unusually we were first up and out that morning.
    But anyway we headed up to Lipsoi only 9 miles but winds were getting up and waves were building. Our anchorage here off Katsadia beach is pretty and yesterday we wandered into town Lipsi, for a look around, everywhere is white with blue trim, and there are lots of churches here as well. We had our most delicious Greek meal so far here at Manolis, apparently the building is Greek ‘listed’ and has played significant part in Lipsois history.
    Someone told us that if a Greek person builds a church the government has to supply it with water, so lots of people build churches before their homes so water is already put in. Don’t know if that’s true.
    We have been here a few days now as there is another blow but should be headed a short way north to Arki tomorrow before going to Samos. That’s probably as far north as we will go before returning SW towards the Greek mainland obviously it directly but via lots of shorter trips.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Dodekanísou, Nomos Dodekanisou, Dodecanese, Δωδεκάνησα, Dodekanesane, Dodekanesene

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