Messolonghi is a town up a narrow fishing hut/house lined canal. The lagoon at the end of the channel is the home to many birds and loads of turtles too. It's not on the tourist trail, but it is pretty special.
We had a quite night here and then dinghyed Paul and Robyn ashore so the could cycle to our next stop, between Petalas Island and the mainland. They had some adventures whilst ashore, and some close encounters with the wild life of there own.
Last season we attempted to pass under this bridge, but the weather was against us and we changed our plans - this season, no such problems. We had a nice sail and an extra crew member. Of course as soon as we were thru the wind changed and came straight at us, but it was nice whilst it lasted.
It's about here we had a few queries about the bridge height ... and why is bridge control not answering the VHF?
... and now we collectively breath out!
When we finally got of Corinth we headed for Galaxidi a lovely town on the north cost of the Gulf of Corinth. We grabbed a spot on the quay and then headed out for a celebratory lunch.
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
Aegina island is known to be one of Greece's busiest and when it is having the annual Pistachio (Fistiki) Festival, well it goes crazy. The harbour is not large but everyone wants in and getting a spot is very hard won. We waited our turn and saw numerous yachts tangled anchors, but eventually took our spot. This was lucky because we had new crew arriving..with bikes, so no anchoring off.
Above - Our eventual spot. Below the masts behind the line of tents for the festival.
When the new crew turn up after nearly 40 hours of travelling they are really pleased to see the stage set up next to the boat for an all night party... Oops!
By now this is getting to be a serious business, and of course Camille takes to whole new level. She doesn't go for quantity, but she is definitely after the richest most decadent cakes she can get for her 5 euro.
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.
So we made it into the smallish fishing harbour of Corinth and found a spot on the only free pontoon, then the real wind started. Three full days of howling 30+ knots of wind topping well over 40 knots. Brave yachties flew downwind along the gulf and thought better of going through the canal, so they too came into the already full Corinth Harbour. Meanwhile no one left.
We tied Hector on with a few hundred lines and just waited for it to pass and eventually we did get to check out!
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.