|Following beautiful weather we had some significant snow fall on the mountains on the mainland and even on the higher ground of the island. Very pretty sight.
This is the first year in many that Gen and I managed to see the new year in. Didn’t attend the new years eve party in Porto but went on deck and lit some sprarklers and saw the odd firework go off – no major display.
Hired a car for a few weeks and have been out looking at boats. Had a lovely drive to Igoumenitsa a long the coastal route and then inland for a while, passing the foot of the mountains – very picturesque.
Stopped off at Nekromanteion of Archeron. Last October we had anchored in the cove at the mouth of the river and took a short dinghy ride up the river. (The Nekromanteion was an ancient Greek temple of necromancy devoted to Hades and Persephone. According to tradition, it was located on the banks of the Acheron river in Epirus, near the ancient city of Ephyra. This site was believed by devotees to be the door to Hades, the realm of the dead.)
Spent a few days in Corfu – staying near Gouvia – it’s like a ghost town – all restaurants closed except a small pizza / pasta restaurant and a grill house – where we had the best kokoretsi which is a traditional dish generally eaten at Easter and it not generally found in other countries. Last Easter when we were in Nidri we were offered kokoretsi but decided not to try. Since then we have regretted not trying the dish when we’ve seen it on menus, so this time we went for it – and it was amazing – very tasty. (Kokoretsi is a dish of the Balkans and Asia Minor, consisting of lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal, including sweetbreads, hearts, lungs, or kidneys, and typically grilled; a variant consists of chopped innards cooked on a griddle.)
The weather for the past few weeks has been quite wintery, lots of wind and rain, even hail at times but the most surprising aspect of the weather has been the number of thunderstorms – thought they were more of a summer phenomenon but not here in the Ionian.
We had another interesting experience a couple of weeks back – we were woken by and earthquake. It was weird – you could hear a bit of a rumble like a truck passing and then the boat shook, feeling a bit like being in a travel hoist. Mental. It appeared to be an earthquake in the Preveza area. No reported damage.