Hi Everyone, We left Tranquail Bay, Greece about 9:30 Monday morning and traveled through the Levkas Canal before the weather picked up. We decided this was the last day of southerly winds for awhile so we wanted to take advantage of the favorable winds. Unfortunately just as we arrived at the 2 mile dredged channel back into Prevesa on mainland Greece we were hit with a squall. Winds were gusting 35+, pouring rain and goofy sailors trying to pass or turn in front of us. We were able to hover in the quay area of Prevesa until the worst of it passed then we moved into our anchorage. Now if we had only decided an hour earlier to head for Prevesa...oh well. We spent 3 nights at anchorage here. Nice town and we enjoyed hiking about and exploring areas we didn't visit the last time we were here.
Greece | Ionian Islands | Corfu Island |Garista Bay | Artemis anchorage below Old Fortress
On Thursday we moved 24nm to Parga also on the mainland. We enjoyed a quiet night but didn't go ashore as we had visited here 3 years ago. On Friday we arrived around noon at Garista Bay below the Old Fortress in Corfu Town. The marina made us move about 6:00 but then we tucked in closer to the castle so a shorter dingy ride ashore. It is so cool anchoring right under the castle and when we dingy to shore on Saturday we enter a moat and travel along side the wall of the fort.
Greece | Ionian Sea | Corfu | channel between castle and Corfu island where we park dingy
We pulled the dingy up on shore climbed a long stairway and arrive in the Esplanade.(mixture of park and town square) We hiked around Old Town had lunch. We went in search of a chandlery and the daily market. We found both near the New Fortress. Great fruits and vegetable market (not quite Turkey but good) and then we found a butcher and baker before heading back to Artemis. It felt good to stretch our legs again. We grilled a nice steak for dinner.
Greece | Ionian Sea | Corfu | Mon Repos Villa
This morning we left Artemis about 9:30 to go to mass. We've only found 4 Catholic churches in Greece, Rhodes, Kos, Chios and Naviplion. So it was a treat to celebrate. Father repeated parts of mass and scripture in French and English as well as Greek. After mass we hiked about and found our way to Mon Repos Villa (Palace of last King) just out of town and enjoyed a tour of the grounds and museum. We stopped along the seaside for a late lunch. We plan to stay in Corfu all week perhaps crossing to Italy next Friday or Saturday. Hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer weekend. Love and God Bles
Greece | Ancient Olympia | Sally and Al
June 19, 2010
Hi Everyone, Happy Father's Day to all of our family and friend fathers! We hope you're having a fun, relaxing day today. We had a fun day on Thursday. We took a little train from Katakolo, Greece to Ancient Olympia with two other cruising couples. Andy and Allison are British and Steve and Jenny are from Cape Town, South Africa. The Olympia site is lovely. The grounds around the ruins are green with lots of flowers and shady trees. We actually arrived at a good time as one cruise ship group was leaving and when we had finished and were going into the museum another group arrived. The stadium was awesome and has natural seating with hills on both sides of the track. The place where they light the Olympic torch was a photo moment. It was just fun to wander around and share the site with friends. Unfortunately the train employees decided to go on strike. So instead of a 30 min train ride we had to take a bus to Pirgo then switch buses. It was a beautiful ride through countryside we would not have s een but it took us an hour and a half to get back to Katakolo.
Greece | Ionian Islands | Zakinthos Island | beautiful coastline
Friday we motor/sailed 36 nm to north end of Zakinthos Island to Ay Nikolaos. It was a nice spot on the quay until about 9:00 the waves started rolling into the bay from the NW. Why we don't know as the winds came from the SW all day. So we bounced and rocked all night. Not a very restful sleep.
Greece | Ionian Sea | western Kefalonia
We left early Saturday for Argostoli, Cephalonia (Kefallinia) planning to meet our friends Andy and Allison. When we arrived the south winds would have hit us broadside as we tried to moor so we decided to go to the anchorage. About 1:00 we decided since we couldn't get ashore because of the winds why just sit at anchor. So we hauled anchor again. Put up the jib and mizzen and took off sailing. We saw that about 36nm miles away there appeared to be the perfect anchorage for south winds beneath a large Venetian fort. Now we had seen this fort from a distance while riding a bus on Cephalonia 3 years ago and thought how cool that anchorage would be... The longer we sailed the more the wind and seas built. By 6 PM when we arrived at Port Assos it was gusting 35 straight down into the anchorage from the surrounding mountains. There was another sailboat at anchorage but we decided to get out while we could.