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Aug 4, 2015 - Hitler seen in Carvounades!

Dinner last night was a mezethes affair down on the Kapsali waterfront. We were earlier than most- we arrived about 8:30 but most others ( many with little kids) didn't arrive until after 9! Unfortunately a lot of Greeks still smoke so you have to get used to smoke wafting about. We had a lengthy discussion with the waiter about the menu - he trying to convince us that mezethes wasn't a particular dish, but a type of dish, and we trying to ascertain how many mezethes should we order. Anyway we started ordering and he said stop when we got...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Round and round the Mulberry bush....

Today we went to Kythera. We slept until 8 then breakfasted - the usual - fruit and yoghurt ( so thick a spoon will stand up in it), omelette , salami, cheese, bread, pastries....... We went to a Pharmacy to get some Heavy duty pain relief for J's foot then to the flea market to get J a Mythos tee shirt ( he might not be allowed to drink it but at least he can advertise it!). Then reluctantly back to the hotel to finish packing. We had a long chat to the owner of 31 yrs - very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the Hotel Attalos -...

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Aug 2, 2015 - She said it again!!

Just to finish of Saturday's events, and appease the food obsessives, for tea we went to Psiri , an area about 10 mins limp from the hotel. Down some dingy, graffiti clad laneways and we reached a small "square" with lots of cafes, bars and tavernas. We chose the recommended Taverna tou Psiri. We were seated right on the edge of the footpath so cars an bikes frequently crept past, along with waves of locals and tourists looking for food. We decided to take up the offer to go to the kitchen to select our food - and chose Pastisiou , spinach...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Culture in the cool

forecast hot so we decided to go somewhere cool! The Benaki Museum has a very good reputation so we chose that. After breakfast in the breakfast room ( the usual selection we remember, including the thickest Greek yoghurt, plus omelette, pastries, halva, and a lovely sweet melon) we went outside and flagged down a taxi. You guessed it, the driver didn't speak English, didn't know where the museum was and of course couldn't understand J's feeble attempts at Greek. But off we went, and first stop was the War Museum - the driver looked at J...

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Jul 31, 2015 - The Raki is very polite here in Athens

a reasonable nights sleep in Dubai set us up for the final leg to Athens. A hotel porter helped us with our bags and took us to our boarding gate ( about 20 mins walk and train!) Then on to a bus and about a 67km drive(felt like it!) to our waiting aircraft. We took off late and arrived a little late into Athens. It was good to be able to see where we were flying. Carefully flying around Iraq and keeping well away from Syria, we flew across Saudi Arabia, across the Gulf of Aquabar and the Red Sea. Then over Cairo where we had a clear view...

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Jul 30, 2015 - ATHENS - Day 9

Epic...amazing...unbelievably last day... Delicious breakfast at the Hilton, just too much, super hot again, perfect day... taxied to the Acropolis, god it was hot ;o) you walk up a small hill and are stuffed by the time you reach the top, we stopped and devoured 3 slushies before we went in. Nothing prepares you for this, have seen so many times in movies\documentaries but it is just awe inspiring, all around the Acropolis, and the Parthenon as the main feature, EPIC !!! by the time we got all around and down to the bottom, Yogi was...

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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 - 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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