Pottering Around Corfu -
Fri 4 Jun 2010 13:37
Wed 26th May. Left island of Erikoussa and returned slowly thro north Corfu channel. Graham fished but caught nothing!. We went into a small bay for lunch but then anchored in a lovely place called KALAMI. It was here that the Durrells lived for a time and their house is now the White House tavern/restaurant. Lawrence Durrell was an author and his son Gerald was a a zoologist and famous for a book called "My family and other Animals" which became a t.v. series. It is an idyllic setting and although the village is more built up then when they were here it retains an old greek charm and we enjoyed walking around, swimming off the white pebbley beach and lastly a meal in the White House.- we arrived by dinghy and the waiter helped us tie up.
Sat 29th May. Back down coast towards Gouvia - we went into the diesel berth for fuel and water. (Its not drinking water so we are really pleased we have the special filter). We then anchored nearby. From this pleasant bay we can see Albania, Corfu town, a couple of islands and a smart looking hotel at one end of the bay.
Monday 31st May. Set off in dinghy to get a) Gas cylinder refill, b) Re charge laptop, c) Check in to country, d) Shopping!
We were worried about the gas. It is petro-gas here and there have been problems with supply.. The shops wouldn't touch our pale blue cylinder and we ended up walking a fair distance outside the marina to find a Gas Depot. (We were actually looking for a garage).They took pity on Graham and exchanged the pale blue one for their dark blue version. - 6 Euros! (Its £19 in U.K.)
The internet cafe let us plug the laptop into mains and we had a drink for about an hour.
Graham took the ships papers to the port office and this time he was successfully logged in. (Last time they said they were on strike and wouldn't do it!) They asked where he had been all week and he said he'd been hiding because he was an illegal immigrant! They thought it was hilarious. They are very relaxed about the formalities but it does cost - around 54 Euros.
We did abit of shopping - the supermarket is quite adequate and has recognisable brands - they even have tea bags.!
Tues 1st June. We woke to a rising wind - which was forecast . NW 6. which was fine for the bay we were in. It was F 7 by the evening but we were well protected unlike the marina which was apparently very uncomfortable.
Wed 2nd June. Left bay to go to CORFU TOWN. Anchored in bay near the east fort. Went ashore in dinghy and walked into the old town. Lovely place, a bit dilapidated but nice atmosphere. Touristy but we enjoyed lovely ice cream and coffee in the colonnades. Left later that day as bay seems to be plagued with ferries and pleasure boats. Their wash is a nuisance!
We motored over to one of the islands NISOS VIDHO. It used to be a fortified place but the British blew it up as they left! (Would that we were as decisive these days - can you imagine the fuss!) Then it was a prison and a borstal.. We enjoyed the peace and quiet - there was one other boat here overnight - a tiny boat from Albania.
Friday 4th June. We are back in Govia marina cleaning and re-stocking and looking forward to having John and Caro with us from tomorrow..