Gone Greek

We look out over Syracuse bay with the tourists enjoying the cool of evening.  A boat comes in to anchor in the fading light.  Behind us the kids scoot up and down the pavement.  Below our vantage point the beach bar is all abuzz.  Last night it was all dance tunes and diners.  Tonight it’s the demolition crew.  Summer is over, the long evenings gone and we are a week away from returning to our winter refuge.  Too soon the cruising season has finished and tomorrow the first big storm will blow through the Med.  I guess the situation puts me into a reflective mood because I turn to Justin and say “It’s not a bad life, is it”.

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Spotting Dizzie (second on right) in the Athens marina

Where did the time go?  We had loose plans, none of which eventuated, but we did have a fantastic time pottering around and experiencing Greece.  We had solitude and we had crazy busy anchorages.  We had stunning beaches and beaches that look amazing on google earth, but turned out to be rocky.  We swam in crystal clear water.  We visited quaint little towns and world class ancient ruins.  We ran the tourist gauntlet and mixed with locals in the real towns.  We tried to kitesurf and failed, bought a new kite and returned two months later to tick the kitesurfing box.  We visited Athens and passed through the Corinth Canal.  We also did life: fixed boat problems, introduced boat school, we shopped for groceries and visited doctors.  We met up with friends and made new ones.

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Early morning solitude at Kleftiko caves, Milos

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Mixing with tourists at Sarakiniko beach, Milos

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Getting lost in the blue and white streets of Plaka, Milos

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Comtemplating ice creams in Plaka, Milos

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On top of the world, Monemvasia

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Ruins of the ancient city, Monemvasia

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Still smiling after climbing all the way to the top of Monemvasia

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A lovely cool church where we sat and recovered from hiking up the cliff, Monemvasia

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Old city of Methonia

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Bridge to the fortress, Methoni

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Watching Justin kitesurf, Acheloos Poramos rivermouth

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The collapsed columns of the Temple of Zeus were huge, Ancient Olympia

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Leora, first across the line, Kynan second, Lynita a distant third.  Running track, Ancient Olympia

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Everyone happy to see our friends from SV Yves Christian who are also returning to the same marina as us.

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Tripping around with new friends from SV Itsadoddle

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Love our IKEA swing!  A great way to burn energy on Dizzie

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The proud face of a girl who just proved to herself she could swim

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Trying their hand at a spot of fishing underway

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Sausage roll production line

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Board game central

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Leaf investigation, boat school

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Surface tension of water exploration

It’s been a full 5 months, and I’m sad it’s over, but I’m also looking forward to the challenges and goals planned for the winter.  But back to tonight, we have put out all our 75m of chain and pulled back hard and tied onto the town quay.  Fingers crossed we stay put over the next 72hours….

 

2 comments

  1. Beautifully written as always Lynita!!!
    It’s so lovely to keep up with your adventures – it seems very far away and different to our world here. What fabulous memories and experiences you and Justin are creating for Kynan and Leora – and yourselves!!!
    I’m in awe every time I read one of your posts. You are amazing for making this happen, and keeping at it, and I’m always a little envious that we haven’t done something similar with our boys. Moreton just doesn’t cut it compared to the Greek islands, but then I have to check myself and remember that it’s ok to just do us; and hopefully we can use a little of your travels to inspire our “one day” trip!
    Big hugs as always, xox
    Tania Goossen

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