Sat 13 Aug 2011 17:39
Position: 38:56.88N 23:05.07E
Kalimera! Hi Folks,
Since last diary entry we have been in three harbours.The first one was Elios - or Nea Klima. We have been here before and as the winds were a bit high for Skopelos town we decided the other side of the island was favourite. We spent a few days in this delightful little place. As we had wanted to do some shopping in Skopelos town we took the bus from here. Amazingly they ran almost to time and it was more of a coach carrying luggage in the 'hold' for holiday makers changing over and flying in or out. We managed to get a seat together and paid 3.80 Euros each, each way (they don't seem to understand returns!)
We were quite lucky as about a dozen people had to stand all the way. It took about forty minutes and was a good view of the coast from on high as we climbed up and up and round and round the hairpin bends!
In Skopelos we had a leisurely walk round and found somewhere for a light lunch (but it always seems to come with chips!) did all our shopping and then waited for the return bus. Again it was crowded but again we were very lucky and got a seat! (This is because we have stopped being 'english' and we don't queue!!) Well no-one else does either.
After Elios we set off to the Bay of Volos. We had heard that during the week when the 'Ecker' yachts were out we could go on their wall and get electrics and water. We arrived at the little town of Ahilo mid week and it was almost empty. They have lazy lines and ropes with stretchers already attached to the wall. We went stern to and had a lovely berth with elec/water as promised. See photo taken from other side of the bay. It was a lovely evening and we decided that as the taverna was a stones throw from the boat it would be rude to BBQ! So we ate ashore - the pic shows me at table before our meal. As is usual in Greece, everything arrives together - salad, bread, wine, main meals etc so a few minutes later the table was laden!!
We were also expecting some brisk force 6 winds on the Wed and realised that the swell in this harbour would be awful - hence the stretchers on the long ropes on the wall. We paid a small donation to the Ecker yacht office and sailed away! Later that day we were back in Orei. The town with the marble bull which we had visited on the way up. It is on the island of Evia and very good for the northerly winds we were expecting. Sure enough they arrived on Wed night and we rocked about but otherwise were fine.
Oh! and the other picture is of our stowaway - on the dinghy cover - a cicada or large grasshopper! I'm not sure where he has gone... when the high winds came he disappeared but I keep hearing him (or her) somewhere on the boat - maybe he's stuck in a locker but I can't see him!! How long do they live I wonder?
We have been 5 days in Orei and tomorrow (Sunday) we move on down towards the bridge at Khalkis but hope to stop in Limini or a nice bay somewhere en route.
Bye for now ...Antio