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Jul 29, 2015 - ROME\ATHENS Day 8

Had to get up really early and catch cab to Fiumicino Airport in Rome for 2 hour flight to Athens, we got mucked around by customs relating to taking the Roman helmet we had bought, and had to take it out of the suitcase and put it in our "Gucci", bag and pay some more cash!! Arrived in Athens at 11:40 am, as soon as we stepped out of the airport the heat hit us, 35+ degrees, extremely hot but beautiful weather, not a cloud in the sky, caught a cab and checked into the Hilton...beautiful, gorgeous view of Athens, excellent cool shower...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Fast sail back to base with a quick stop for swimming

We had great wind, heeled way over and were going 8.5 knots/km to get back for our last night on the boat. In hindsight, the week went fast. We crammed in lots of sights, photo ops and food but are anxious to return home. We are tired, have no more clean clothes and are eager for our own bed. Sailing is exhilarating but the quarters are worse than camping and those of you who know me well know THAT is not my style. So, reluctantly but ready, we say good-bye to our fellow sailors and Greece to head home. I have included a few shots of our...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Hydra photo overload...

On our first full day here we head to shore early as we have heard that watching the fisherman come in with their catch is a sight to see. When we arrive there is only one fishing boat, but dozens of cats are hoping for some scraps. The chefs arrive and seem to dicker with the fisherman over the prices. Then the locals come and they hardly say a word-just head to their fisherman of choice, point to which fish, then exchange the bag for the money. As we wait, the supply boat arrives and the donkeys line up for their loads. Everything is...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Next up-2 days in Hydra (pronounced eedra by those in the know)

The artsy island in this chain of Saronic islands discovered in the 50's-60's by the likes of Leonard Cohen, it is an island that only uses walking and donkeys/mules. No cars are allowed. However, the docking situation here is downright crazy. In my previous experience, there were docking slips and one boat filled them. One would try to arrive at a marina early enough to get a good spot, but when they were full, one would have to go elsewhere. Here, boats are 3 deep! stacked on top of each other, tied together with lines-it is a mess. We...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Poros

Our first opportunity to dock at the small island-pair of Poros in the town of Galatas. Docking gave us immediate access to the dock and we had a great time exploring the shops, wandering the small streets and hiking up to the clock tower for the view. The island population is almost 4,000 and it seems most have a scooter making for dangerous road conditions. It is easy to access to the island from Athens by hydrofoil or ferry so there is lots of tourism. Another great photo day in Greece

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Jun 23, 2015 - Athens at last!

After a grueling bus and train ride from Budapest, crossing many borders and varying geography, I have arrived in Athens. I found a lovely room in a small hotel overlooking a square in the Plaka , the old town centre of Athens. It has a beautiful curving wooden balcony that extends out in the square where old men sit on benches surveying the bustling life going on around them. The Plaka fairly pulsates with activity, between the bars and restaurants, the shops and markets, no one stands still for long. Yet, for all its life, Athens is so...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Epidavros on Peloponnese and the Ampitheatre

Our anchorage last evening involved a stern line to shore so we had a nice, non-swinging evening (very sophisticated boat jargon). We explored the town and had a beer (our cheapest yet-3.50 euros and served with salted peanuts and local olives) and took a few photos (more great doorways and interesting fishing boats) then headed back on board for another great home cooked meal of fasolatha (Greek bean soup) cucumber salad and delicious fresh bread. It was an early night due to our wake-up call at 6 to head to the well known Epidaurus...

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Jun 22, 2015 - First photo session experience

It started raining last night around 4am. Soaked lots of the cabin, but a brief dash to close all the hatches prevented disaster. The morning started out cloudy and gray, but sun came out sporadically and gave us lots of great opportunities in the other port on the island Egina. Our photo expert, Paul gave us an assignment and we all headed out after a brief stop at the bakery, to find some great shots. Here is what I came up with.

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Jun 21, 2015 - Aegina and the Temple of Aphaea

After breakfast we headed out motoring to our first stop-Aegina thinking there would not be enough wind-but the wind Gods were with us. We arrived hoping to dock, but there were no spaces so we anchored and headed into the town of Perdika to see the temple. The Temple of Aphaea was built within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaea circa 490 BC. Following this visit, we made a very special stop to see a well known potter named Nektarios who is the last of the potters to forage his own clay and fire in a wood burning kiln. Here...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Boat Orientation and meeting our shipmates

Following a beautiful scenic ride by the sea to the port at Lavrio, we easily found the Aqua Cafe and stashed our luggage in the shade to wait for the other participants in this sailing adventure. John took off to search the small marina town for the supermarket, I stayed behind to mind the luggage and look for those likely to be joining us. Soon everyone was gathered on the dock waiting to board Korina-our home for the next 7 days. The players include: Bruce and Jude from Seattle. Meghan from NYC Patricia from New Rochelle, NY Jessica...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Time for Phase 4-sailing

We made arrangements with our ferry port taxi driver Photis to drive us to Lavrio where the marina has the boat we are boarding. He is picking us up at 2:30 for an approximately 1 hour drive depending on traffic (and that is a BIG if..). It is exciting and a bit nerve wracking as we will be sailing with 8 strangers in a small space for 8 days..I have posted a photo of the map. My knowledge of Greek Islands could be put in a thimble..so I thought it would be helpful to visualize the route! We are suppose to have wifi on the boat. I guess we...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Around the Acropolis

I will spare you all a world history lesson and just entertain with lots of photos from our various views of this magnificent site. I will try to label the photos the next time I have some internet access. It was John's birthday and we had a delicious dinner at Milos Estiatorio-a story in itself..for later.

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