|BeBe cooked dinner|
|Peloponnese behind Zach, Bill & BeBe. Our boat on right.|
|Aigina Town quay|
On our final day in the anchorage it was time to find more fresh veggies and fruits and breads. So we upped anchor and motored the 5 miles or so back to Aigina Town. During calm winds boats can anchor just outside the town quay and marina area; so that is what we did. We all climbed into the dinghy for a trip ashore.
|Aigina Town quay|
Information in the Pilot guide was to walk south out of town and turn left at the Miranda Hotel to find the supermarket. This took us right past a small beach filled with tourists. Elisabeth was shocked at the very fat women wearing skimpy bikinis. She kept asking, "don't they know how bad they look?" Sadly, no; they apparently did not.
As we walked toward the supermarket we passed several vegetable and fruit boats. This is something new to us. We are accustomed to tiny local fresh vegetable markets, but not to vegetable boats. But this makes perfect sense for this area. The Greek islands we have seen thus far have been quite barren -- rocky and very dry. Nothing can grow on these islands. However, parts of the mainland have good soil and water for irrigation. So all produce is either grown somewhere on the mainland or is imported. These are then delivered to the nearest islands in small boats. In Aigina Town the produce boats tie off at the town quay, and unload all the produce and arrange
|Bill on the boat paying for cherries|
At the supermarket we loaded up with as much as the 4 of us could carry. Then, on the walk back to the dinghy we stopped at one of the produce boats and loaded up with even more. One lady insisted the kids taste cherries. Both Zach and Elisabeth raved about how delicious these tasted, so we also loaded up on cherries, nectarines and a few apricots. No cookies on our boat now, but lots of fruit for snacks. The system for purchasing
With the shopping completed, we motored south back to Profitis Ilias Cove and anchored in almost exactly the same spot we had left a few hours earlier. We really like this anchorage. Several hours later we were surprised to hear a voice calling, "Ahoy, BeBe!" It was Clint and Adair arriving on S/V EMMANUEL. What a total surprise! We thought they were long past this area. They plan to return to the Caribbean this December and we hope to remain in the Med for a few years. We figured they were already in Croatia by now. Turned out they were going to the Corinth Canal the next day. They were as surprised as us to happen upon one another. Way back in Phuket last December we had agreed to buddy-boat with EMMANUEL and MISS JODY through the pirate area of the Gulf of Aden. They both did sail through the pirates and up the Red Sea; we opted to transport our boat due to the greatly increased pirate activity this year. Thankfully, both EMMANUEL and MISS JODY made the trip without encountering any pirates. This was the first time we had seen EMMANUEL since leaving Sri Lanka in late January.
Side note: we have talked or had email correspondence with 4 boats that opted to sail through pirate alley this year. We personally know about 20 boats that made this trip, but have talked with only 4 since arriving in the Med. One said they would have transported if that option had been available when they were making their decision; two said that they would tell anyone considering sailing that area today to flat forget about trying it; and one said they sailed the "safe" route and are glad they did it. I am not sure exactly what "safe route" means since the pirates have attacked ships literally every section of the Northern Indian Ocean this year. I do hope these folks do not encourage any other boats to sail that same "safe route." At any rate, we are very glad that our friends made it through safely.
It was really nice catching up with Clint and Adair. They told us interesting things about their visit to Israel (we might visit there next winter for a week or two), and they provided us with great tips about visiting more of the Greek islands farther south. They took a completely different route from Turkey through the Greek islands than we did.
The next morning while winds were dead we pulled anchor and motored to the southern tip of Aigina. Then we turned eastward towards Sounion. Winds were predicted to be light and right on our nose. But, as has turned out to be normal here, the actuality was different than the prediction. Winds were light but from a completely different direction and we were able to slowly sail the entire distance to Sounion, where we once again anchored beneath the Temple of Poseidon.
|Swimming at Sounion|
|Cooling her toes|
|Hot Milk Cake|
|Zach cooked dinner|
|Enjoying the beach|
|Temple of Poseidon|
|2 Amels; BeBe on right|
|Very girlie fishing|
Other boats had the same idea.
|Southern Belle fishing|
|Baiting that tiny hook|
|Fishing at Kythnos|