Our arrival into the Saronic Gulf was a little early, so we twiddled our thumbs at a few anchorages before the grandchildren arrived at the Athens airport. We hung out in Chapel Cove off Ormos Anavissou for 5 nights while the wind blew itself out and we needed a change of scenery. Then we moved up to Varkiza and anchored off the beach at 37.48.952N 023.45.933E. We had anchored here back in 2011 and knew the area.
|Glassy calm when entered Ionian Sea. And we were|
very glad to have the calm after the Gulf of Corinth.
|How we sail today. With tablets and iPhones.|
|Cargo ship exiting Corinth Canal into Saronic Gulf|
After the experience getting out of Voula we did not want to chance this NE wind possibly arriving early, so we contacted Zea Marina and arranged to arrive on Thursday rather than Friday. It was great being able to dock with no high winds buffeting us about.
|BeBe (Elisabeth) driving through |
|Zachary driving through Corinth Canal|
On Friday we took a taxi out to Flisvos Marina in Faliron and met up with fellow Amel owner Dimitris Krasopoulos and his wife Maria. Our taxi driver got lost and first took us to where the Millennium Falcon was docked. The Millennium Falcon has been purchased by a wealthy Greek woman who lives in Athens and London. Sorry everyone, but I continue to think this yacht is just plain ugly. I do not care how innovative and expensive it is; it is ugly. Dimitris treated us to a fantastic lunch of octopus and calamari and several Greek delicacies. Very delicious! And I discovered that I like ouzo! I tried ouzo many years ago and very much did not care for it. But that was served straight on ice. Here in Greece ouzo is first poured into a glass with a few ice cubes and then diluted with water, causing it to become cloudy. This produces a much lighter drink that is refreshing on warm days. Dimitris said that it is Greek custom to only drink ouzo when you are beside the sea. Never drink it in the mountains or inland. Well...okay; if you say so. This was a perfectly delightful afternoon.
|S/V BeBe transiting Corinth Canal|
|Parts of the walls of the Corinth Canal are covered|
in stone or brick that has deteriorated over years.
|Exiting Corinth Canal into Gulf of Corinth|
Next day we motored through the Corinth Canal. This canal is a marvel to me. I won't write the history here. Check it out yourself if you are so inclined. The simplest info is here
Corinth Canal history and images
Both Zachary and Elisabeth took turns driving the boat through the canal...under Bill's close supervision, of course. I was too busy taking dozens of photos to care about manning the helm. (Besides, I handled the helm all the way through the Panama Canal; it was Bill's turn to drive through a narrow canal.
|Bill meeting new people at Delphi|
|Zach and BeBe at Delphi|
|Ice cream lunch in Delphi town|
|Walls at Delphi were once covered in plaster. Must|
have been beautiful back then. And lots of color.
|Sample in museum of the colors|
that once adorned buildings
at ancient Delphi.
|Moving mountains at Delphi|
|Very colorful boat at Trissona|
|Graffiti in today's town of Delphi|
|The steep steps killed me|
at Delphi town.
|Rion - Andrion Bridge at separation of Gulf of Corinth|
and Gulf of Patras. This one is so high that it did not look
like our mast would hit as we went beneath it as with all
|Resting after climbing steep steps at Delphi town.|
|Foot fight after exiting Lefkas Channel|
|Finally warm enough for them to swim.|
|Snacks prepared by 2 loving grandchildren.|
They knew how tired we were!
|Castle at Corfu at Old Town.|
|Another castle or fort at Corfu. Extensive walls.|