We left Lefkas and took the bus to Athens, it took 5 an a half hours, then we caught another bus to our apartment so we would be close to the airport. On the way we had a quick look at Athens and even saw a riot with police in full riot gear!
In the morning we took an early flight to London. At London we went to the Rainforest café. There was a lot of noise. They had the sound of thunder and animal’s noises. There were loads of animals as well the moved and mad noises. They were fake. Camille loved it!
A game of swimming tag around the boat is a favourite of the crew and it won't be long before it too cold to play.
Meanwhile Paul and Robyn take the opportunity to make a quick dash for the beach.
Today we went to a museum, it was a folklore museum. There were loads of traditional clothes on display. The Shepard women wore a ridiculous amount of jewelry, they also had huge pompoms on their shoes. They probably weren't able to walk far.
The clothes were very elaborate. My favourite was one with fur on it, but I'd only wear it if it wasn't real. By Maddy
We are waiting on a spare part for the boat so spend a few days on the quay in Ermioni. A nice little town that gets super busy mid week with charter boats, otherwise it's pretty sleepy.
Thursday is market day and the place comes alive.
Our view Wednesday.
By Friday they are all gone.
The best thing about this place is the walk around the peninsula, greek windmills and wild cyclamen.
A visiting kingfisher caps a nice stop on the way.
Kalamata didn't really come thru with the olives, but Sparta did. On a chilly 24 deg day we visited the Olive Museum in Sparta, and loved it, together with the historical setting of Sparta.. Camille felt inspired to write a poem and take a video.
An Ode to Olives
Old, ancient, beautiful and delicious,
history in every bite and step.
Olive, olive, olive, castle, fortress, queen,
the difference matters not.
Each has history of its own.
It's time to make history
high up high in the sky
all around underneath you see the houses and trees.
We hopped into a little boat, it wobbled, there were only 8 people onboard including the driver. He had a paddle to push off the cave walls. We had to duck because the roof was so low, we couldn't turn around to get our photo taken because we could have wacked our head!
We went fast and there were some tight corners, the driver was very clever.
There were lots of stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites grow up from the ground. A way to remember which is which is, stalagmites has a ground for ground in it and stalactites has a c for ceiling in it.
When the light shone on them they looked like chandeliers!
We started at Kalami and sailed for three days! On the way we had some pretty wild weather: rain, wind, waves and even water spouts! Now we are in Syracuse, Sicily - a giant two scoop gelato made everything alright.
Yes we were chased by thunderstorms for three days. It honestly felt like they were after us. Apart from that, the crossing was great. It was just under 300nm, our longest sail to date! It took 56hrs, an average of 4.9kts. This is pretty good given the amount of zig-zagging we did at night to avoid thunderstorms. Apart from the thunderstorms (which were isolated to the night), the weather was great. Most of the time the wind was either on our beam or from behind. A special thanks to John for his help and patience finding a comfortable weather window for us.
· Interesting creatures like Hummingbird moths and Pelicans
· Yummy Greek salad
· Taverna cats
· Beautiful buildings
· Goats with Bells on
· Turquoise Seas
· Delicious creamy Greek Yoghurt
· There are lots of great anchorages
· The people are friendly and most of them speak English
By Camille, Anastasia and Maddy
What's not to love...
We went into town and got ice creams, but I got a freshly squeezed peach juice instead. It was a bit hard to share it!
A long the road a bit we saw them filming an English TV show about the Durrells based on the book (My Family and Other Animals) we have read about Corfu. Hopefully we can watch the program in the holidays.
After that we found a horse and cart to have a ride. I sat in the front and everyone else sat in the back. I got asked if I wanted to drive but I said no. The horse's name was Balacan, she was brown with black legs. I enjoyed it!! It was fun!!
Today we went on a big dinghy ride to the other side of the bay. To go onto the delta of the river Kalamas. We motored a long a little way and then went for a walk. We saw lots of birds. We saw a Spoonbill, some Stalks, Pelicans, Shags, Egrets and some birds we didn’t know what they were. We also saw some Crows, we don’t have crows in NZ so it’s sort of unusual, but they are probably as common here as magpies are in NZ.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.