Chris and Alison
Mon 20 Sep 2021 14:09
At anchor Plakoiudi bay. We decided to stay another night in Plakoudi bay so we walked to the very large marina a couple of miles over the hill. The Pilot book had made this out to be very small and with not many facilities but when we got there we found a huge marina with all yacht facilities - except it was in the middle of no where; so no provisions, no bus stop. Anyway, they were very pleasant and helpful so we got some prices for next year just in case we are in this area for the winter lift out.
We really needed some provisions, so we started to walk the extra 2 miles or so to the nearest shop. It was 30 degrees +, no wind and no shade. We got to about 1.7 miles to go and gave up. What ever is in the boat will have to do for now.
After a lunch of bread and cheese, and when it was a bit cooler, we explored the WW2 Italian ruins around the bay. Apparently the book the "Guns of Navarone” written by A Maclean was inspired by the battle for Leros.
Chris at his gun!
Italian WW2 building Now used by farmers for their goats.
We moved onto Xerokamobos, another secluded bay on the south coast of Leros. We had to motor all the way as there was no wind at all but that gave us chance to top up with some water that we are now rationing to only drinking water. We picked up a mooring chain at the head of the bay in 4-5m of water, very clear water, we could see the bottom of sea grass and disused moorings. We walked into the village and despite it being Sunday there was small shop open with some provisions. We have constantly been amazed at the price of food in Greece, even the big supermarkets are very expensive for even the basics. It really makes you thankful for the cheap food and variety we have in the UK.The local shops are even more expensive and their class A fruit leaves much to be desired.
Class A bananas (they were ok inside surprisingly)
After swimming we had our first proper shower for weeks. I was able to shampoo and conditioner my hair having only had very quick rinses due to the shortage of water on board. The little beach that we were moored off had a shower for rinsing off after swimming so we used this to indulge ourselves - bliss. We had been having very bad hair days previous to this, well there is only the two of us after all!
A very bad hair day!
It is hard life this sailing business
My hair before the shower!
Mood lighting at the local taverna