Towards The Gulf of Volos
Sun 10 Jul 2011 09:03
Position: 39:09.51N 23:11.78E
Hi Everyone - Yassoos (not sure if that is correct spelling!)
We last hailed you from the little harbour in Limni where we stayed four nights watching the boats come and go, swimming off the beach and shopping in the little town. We continued northward and stopped one night in a slightly bigger place called Loutra Adhipso. This was off the beaten track so we were the only visiting yacht there. We are just in front of the pleasure boat on the wall. The town has several lovely hotels which in their time were attractive to all sorts of millionaires and royalty who liked to come and stay as it is a sort of spa place. The main hotel that we passed on the way in was designed by a famous German architect and resembles an Austrian castle - a chap we spoke to told us about its history and said you used to have to wear a 'tuxedo' just to dine in the restaurant. Now it is still a holiday place for ancient greeks! (We went swimming on the beach and felt right at home!)
There were quite a lot of fisherman here and several of them caught octopus and the next photo shows a fisherman in orange trousers bashing a dead octopus - we have seen it before and it goes on for half an hour at least. As Graham says - anything you have to bash for half an hour just to tenderise cannot be worth eating! (You then have to hang it in the sun for 3 days and BBQ it) We have not ever been tempted to try it but they seem to love them.
There is also a photo of our water carrier - Graham on one of our bikes. You may notice in the pic that there is a blue electric/water tower or box beside the boat? We have come across these all over Greece and most of them are not connected to anything and do not work. Seems they started doing up all these little harbours then ran out of E. U.money! So now they will never work! So both in Limni and here we just took the water cans to the tap that is usually round near the fishermen and topped up our tanks on the boat.
The next harbour was called Orei - see photo of sunset with our boat on the wall. There were several boats here and they did have blue towers which worked - well some of them did! We managed to get water and electrics for two nights here for a charge of about 20 Euros altogether. All of these harbours are still on the long narrow island of Evia forming the channel between it and Greece. Also in Orei was the bull! We went looking for this but missed it initially as the pilot book gave no idea of its size but we eventually found it not 50 yards from the end of the wall at the edge of the square. It is a full size marble beast - dredged up by fishermen in 1965 (bet they had to mend some nets afterwards). It is described as a Hellenic grave piece 2,500 years old! It is now enclosed in a window framed box and still looks magnificent.
The next bit of the journey took us up into the Gulf of Volos,which is a large gulf with many smaller bays. We were here in 1996 because Duncan worked for sunsail at a place called Leda. Leda is no longer a sunsail base but we went along the coast looking for it and recognised the apartments and small beach. I took lots of photos so Duncan can confirm it later. We carried on past Milina and past the current sunsail base which is just lots of cruisers (Leda used to be residential with dinghies and wind surfers from the little beach and about five cruisers). We stopped in Vathoudi Bay and anchored among the many moored yachts and have spent the weekend here quietly reading, swimming etc. (See photo of bay - our yacht in the middle and moody pic of sunset)
We have spoken to the sunsail boys and Friday was change over day so they are quieter now and we can go on their pontoon and get water. We plan to do our last bit of shopping in Milina and top up with water as we are going over to Skiathos to pick up Lynette & Steve on Friday and there is more difficulty getting water on the small islands of the Northern Sporades. We will have to resort to our water carrier again!
Bye for Now