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.
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!
Camille created a video about the rubbish we found on our clean up of of the break water in the marina today.
To Bill English.
My name is Camille and I am 8 years old. My family and I are on holiday for a while on a boat in Europe. As we sail around we notice lots of plastic in the sea. We decided to study this. Because we come from New Zealand we have stuck to studying what New Zealand can do. So far we have figured out that New Zealand has done the least about the plastic problem. What are you risking if you do nothing?
.1 New Zealand has always boasted about greenary, not for long if you do nothing about it. Did you know that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish!
.2 If the fish eat the plastic and the people eat the fish then you are also risking human health.
.3 Our main source of money is from tourists, but if you have plastic everywhere, then no tourists will come.
These are three good reasons that you should at least put a cost on non reusable plastic bags.
We heard that you are travelling to Europe soon. Most European countries are banning or putting a tax on non reusable plastic bags. Do you think you could talk to the European Prime Ministers about how New Zealand could do the same.
From Camille McCully, on behalf of the McCully family
P S. I have added some pictures for you to look at.
We saw a three hundred year old tree, it was 20 metres tall. It was called Stebbing and it had no branches for 15 metres. I stood under it and felt very small.
Today we went to the biggest forest in Europe, it is mostly oak trees. On the way there we saw some trees with ice crystals on them, dew that had frozen. It had given the trees a white effect that was amazing.
I saw my second woodpecker and this time I managed to get a photo.
When we arrived we saw a hunting party on horseback. This made me feel upset about them killing the wildlife. Then we went far a walk and found a lake with a heron on it.
The forest was huge, and was bare of leaves at this time of year.
Just as we were leaving the forest I saw two deer, they were incredible! They were big - bigger than me! They were just standing there staring at the car. We couldn't get a photo time as they run off. Amazing!
There is the most beautiful river down the back of the garden. We go for a walk along it everyday. Camille was inspired to write a poem.
The beautiful smooth waters rippling past,
You must feel soothed,
So natural and nice.
The trees shed their lovely golden leaves,
Giving the ground a layer of gold.
To add to the magic,
the mushrooms glow.
The Giardino della Kolymbethra is a 5 hectare orchard in the Valle dei Templi. The whole area is irrigated by a hydraulic system of aqueducts and canals designed and built in 500BC and still in use. The garden had to be productive to feed the 200,000 inhabitants. The citrus trees are quite magnificent, lemons, limes, oranges and mandarins, as well as, numerous other fruit and nut trees. It was lovely to walk through, cool and shady on a hot, windy day, and dream of growing lemon and lime trees laden with such luscious fruit. Dream on!
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.