The Saronic to the Ionian

John left us in Poros where we picked up Tine and Gordon, Danish cruisers we met in Pittwater. Having sold Ansoba, their lovely Island Packet  in Australia, they are keen for more sailing experiences.

The big excitement was the arrival of our daughter, Emily who hadn’t been on Sea Cloud for a couple of years. P1040223Emily, unlike us, loves cats. This one was pretty cute

P1040229Tine enjoyed being back in the sun

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and Emily the swimming in our first bay in a small island off Angistri. It was incredible to have a bay hours from Athens all to ourselves in early July.

IMG_2378 Gordon loved getting behind the wheel of Sea Cloud and helping Ian sort out many technical issues.

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IMG_2376A sail to Epidaurus, then a tour of the ancient theatre

P1040232We anchored just off the entrance to Corinth canal, ready for an early morning start through the canal which was even more spectacular than usual in the calm early morning.

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P1040270Galaxhidi was a good base for visiting Delphi and an enjoyable place to revisit.

P1040283 P1040281 P1040277Under the  Rion bridge,

IMG_2390then on to Patras Marina, where we were to pick up Sam drop of Tine and Gordon.

P1040313 P1040320Sam’s 29th Birthday was celebrated at a rather quirky local restaurant

P1040327Navpaktos with Sam and Emily

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Downtown Patras was lively and attractive, with some lovely old, but many derelict buildings and many small bars 

IMG_2415 IMG_2416Emily and Sam headed for Istanbul, Roumania and Berlin, we spent a night chilling out at the beautiful Mare Dei resort overlooking the Ionian. It seemed very empty for mid July – but understandable as it was the week of the Greek referendum when some serious economic decisions had to be made by Greece. The owner said she hoped that the tourists would come back..

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IMG_2428Leaving Patras, we headed back up the Ionian. The Lefkas canal was very beautiful in the early morning light.

IMG_2462This scene could easily be in Australia….

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2 thoughts on “The Saronic to the Ionian

  1. Great photos – what a wonderful trip! Back to Epidauros – where I turned 21 and you gave me a Parker Pen and we had fresh fish for 100 drachma including Coke if I remember! Greetings from Washington DC where the Alzheimer’s conference has just finished….back to Sydney on Saturday.

    All the best
    Bill Brooks

  2. I can’t wait to go through the corinth canal, still haven’t done it, i had a 40 something metre mast last time and couldn’t fit under the bridge…..

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