Robin’s adventure in Europe 2018 travel blog

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Northward bound on the Eastside of Paxos and Corfu

Denise, engrossed in her book, in a patch of sunshine

Gouvia Harbor crew show us our slip, and helping with the anchor...

Palaiokastrites monestary on the Eastern side of Corfu

Entrance to Palaiokastrites

1. Exploring Palaiokastrites

2. Exploring Palaiokastrites

3. Exploring Palaiokastrites

4. Exploring Palaiokastrites

5. Exploring Palaiokastrites (Jacques next to antique wine press)

6. Exploring Palaiokastrites (the garden)

7. Exploring Palaiokastrites (Denise in the garden)

8. Exploring Palaiokastrites (View from the garden)

Milena cocktails with a game of ‘roll out’

Another beautiful sunset in Corfu


In the middle of the night, I was awakened by flashes of light, as they streaked by my pillow. Turning over, and looking North over the stern of Milena, I saw a rather large electrical storm brewing off the South of Corfu, and moving Eastward toward Parga, and mainland Greece. Carefully I listened for thunder — because then I know our time would be limited here..... now where would we go.... I would have to leave that up to Jacques. This was at around 1:00a.m. — by 4:00a.m., the rain had begun tapping on the shade covering the deck. Is the rain going to be harder, or not. I still heard no thunder.... but Jacques, Marina and Guillaum we covering and stowing everything to keep it dry. By the time we were ready for anything.... nothing was heading our way. Back to bed we went, til 7:30a.m., awakening for breakfast — the sun was out, everything was put back as it was, and we were ready for the day. That is until Jacques said we should leave Lakka soon.

Our departure from Lakka was rather early, because Jacques had heard there was going to be rain, and he wanted to get to Gouvia before we had any problems. (pic)

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The weather had cleared, and we were now under blue sky. I rented us a car (Jacques drove).

As all 5 of us loaded ourselves in the dinghy top take us to the waiting air conditioned vehicle. Milena was watching Guillaum pack up all his stuff, and LEAVE THE BOAT!! Meanwhile Jacques took us to the West side of Corfu, through the middle of the island. Palaiokastritsa, is a village, and very charming little seaside area, which we were about the explore. (pic)

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After buying a couple of bottles of wine, and some clear qumquat liquor, Jacques drove us the 35 minutes back to the Milena..... just in time for cocktails, ‘roll out’ and a perfect setting sun. As we were mulling over our cocktails, Marina told us:

“Guillaum is GONE!. Took all his clothes, and just LEFT” Marina announced to each of us, as our jaws dropped hearing the news. Jacques was ever so pleased, as was Marina..... diplomatic story much too complicated to try and explain..... let’s just say..... it is better that he is gone. As Jacques said: “.....Robin he is a bad man..... better he go!!” . With tomorrow being Denise and Dennus’ last full day on Milena, the timing is not good. Jacques spent the evening on the phone, and has a friend, terrific person who has sailed around the world multiple times, flying in on Tuesday morning at 7:00a.m. It is then we leave the Ionian and head for Italy, and France. Never a dull moment on a boat. Jacques has lots of friends, and it was not difficult for him to find the perfect crew for us.

We are also picking up Stephen (1 more additional crew), in Naples, before we make our dash for France.

Needless to say our dinner plans were somewhat delayed, because Jacques, and Marina had to do the work for 3 people to pick up the slack that Guillaum had caused. Dinner was late, after dinner drinks later, and all of us were so engrossed with the departure story of Guillaum, that no photographs were taken.

Jacques, Denise, Dennus and I got to bed around 12:30a.m., and Marina stayed up more than half the night cleaning up and doing dishes. She was happy to do this — because the battering Of Guillaum was forever GONE!

Bon Nuit, from the decks of Milena.

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PALAIOKASTRITSA

Palaiokastritsa (Greek: Παλαιοκαστρίτσα meaning Old Castle place, referring to nearby Angelokastro) is a village in northwestern Corfu. Corfu has been suggested to be the mythical island of the Phaeacians, and the bay of Palaiokastritsa to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time, see Geography of the Odyssey. The monastery in Palaiokastritsa dates from 1225. There is a museum inside.

Palaiokastritsa

Παλαιοκαστρίτσα

The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The rock in the sea visible near the horizon at the top centre-left of the picture is considered by the locals to be the mythical petrified ship of Odysseus. The side of the rock toward the mainland is curved in such a way as to resemble the extended sail of a trireme. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.

The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The rock in the sea visible near the horizon at the top centre-left of the picture is considered by the locals to be the mythical petrified ship of Odysseus. The side of the rock toward the mainland is curved in such a way as to resemble the extended sail of a trireme. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.

Palaiokastritsa is located in GreecePalaiokastritsaPalaiokastritsa

Location within the regional unit

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Palaiokastritsa

Palaiokastritsa (Greek: Παλαιοκαστρίτσα meaning Old Castle place, referring to nearby Angelokastro) is a village in northwestern Corfu. Corfu has been suggested to be the mythical island of the Phaeacians, and the bay of Palaiokastritsa to be the place where Odysseus disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.

The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.

The bay of Palaiokastritsa.

Palaiokastrites was a former municipality on the island of Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece. Its including area was defined around the original village of Palaiokastritsa. Since the 2011 local government reform Palaiokastrites is part of the municipality of Corfu as a smaller municipal unit. It has a land area of 48.379 km and a population of 4,068 (2011 census) and is located on the west coast of Corfu just south of Angelokastro. The seat of the formerly independent Palaiokastriton municipality was the town of Lakones (pop. 384). The largest villages are Liapades (pop. 879), Doukades (627), Skriperó (500), and Lákones.



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