Rob and Jacky Black
Sat 25 May 2013 07:36
39 37.4 N 19 55.7 E Mandraki Yacht Club Corfu We left Paxos on Friday 24th of May and enjoyed a swift passage to Corfu, albeit the seas were a bit lumpy after the strong winds of the previous few days. Once in the shelter to the east of Corfu island the water was turquoise blue and much calmer. We arrived off the small marina of Mandraki about 1400 and managed to get a berth (bow too unfortunately) next to Limanimou our Dutch friends. Getting off the boat was perilous and we were very thankful when China Blue arrived and berthed next to us so we could use their very safe bow steps to get on and off! The setting of this marina is sublime as it nestles under the towering fortress dating from mediaeval times. It is a short walk through the fortress and its walls and across the moat into the old town of Corfu. We went for an evening stroll that night and enjoyed seeing the lovely architecture and esplanades along with the narrow lanes full of bustling shops. We stopped for a coffee at a lovely bar on the Liston, an arcaded street which was designed and built by the French architect responsible for the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. It looks out onto the esplanade where people 'parade' in the evening and children ride their tricycles etc. The following day we hired a car and went to the Port Police to check out of Greece as well as a trip to Lidl and a local large supermarket to stock up with products for our journey to the Adriatic. We also took the chance to go to see the large marina at Gouvia and found the excellent chandlers, where we managed to get several useful things. We have their card as they can order us the Semco product we use on our teak decks; we will call in there in September on our way south for the winter lay-up. We had a lovely meal at the small restaurant in the yacht club after pre dinner drinks on board Mariah with Anne, John, Margaret and Tony. Off to Montenegro tomorrow.