The Last of Our Sojourn in Greece Is On

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Bastia, Corsica

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We loved this small township with its narrow streets and hidden alley ways: relaxing, peaceful and people so friendly. Now Gratis is on her way once more. Light winds are currently seeing us motor along the coastline of the island. Later this afternoon, we leave land once more as we cross the Ligure Sea to mainland France. Arrival should take … Read More

Nikopolos, Greece

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A total turn around with the weather, sunny skies and humid: perfect for lunch in the plaza and a trip to Nikopolis, which was situated just 5km out of Preveza: where the towering mountain tops over looked the ancient township and sky blue waters of the Med lapped the shoreline. Miniscule insects buzzed, their hums filling the air, whilst blooms … Read More

Gaios, Paxoi to Preveza, Greece

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The full on blow predicted for the night before didn’t eventuate, with winds only topping 32 knot wind gusts. Even so, one gleaned an insight into the conditions upon the moorings here should a 50 knot southerly blow through. Boats rocked to and fro, up and down. Anchored close together, the concern was of masts entangling and anchors dragging. There … Read More

On Our Way Once More

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Internet working well at long last: much be connecting to that on the mainland. Under a drab grey sky, fog and rain (it’s freezing: brrrrrr!!!) we are heading for Preveza, mainland Greece, for checkout . Loved Corfu and Paxoi (Paxos): certainly returning in a year or two for a much longer stay.  

Paxos

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A gentle rain this morning, as a front carrying southerly winds passed through. Winds on the nose and arriving around 14:00 with 50 knots predicted by the evening, a day spent relaxing in this tiny town was the name of the game. A quiet wander took us through the township to the west. A friendly goose and cat wandered the … Read More

Paxoi, Greece

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Yesterday we motored from Corfu to Paxoi (Paxos), Greece and moored in delightful Port Gaios where life appears relaxed and practically unchanged. Internet here is exceptionally slow, so pictures and spiel won’t be placed on until we arrive in Italy once more. A taste of Paxoi below. We are looking forward to returning after our European Journey concludes.

Petriti, Corfu to Paxoi, Greece

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The expected weather change arriving sooner than expected, we departed Petriti for Paxoi (or Paxos as it is also known by) which was situated 7nm south of Corfu. This little critter came along for a free ride. Sadly our exploration of Lefkemmi, the old capital of Corfu with its Venetian styled buildings and canal, must wait until our return visit. … Read More

Corfu Town to Petriti

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This was another day without exploration for Bob and I, as we all slept late and it was midday before the four of us disembarked Gratis. To our right was a small marina in which a massive motor yacht some how moored. Time rapidly passing us by, our objective is to arrive in France for our next canal odyssey sooner … Read More

Seranda,Albania

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After a three day trip, we at last arrived in Sarandi, Albania and love it here. The country side is beyond our greatest imagining and people so friendly. The fresh water spring, Blue Eye was in a rain forest type setting so picturesque. The ancient Greek Roman ruins, Butrint indescribable. We are off to Corfu this afternoon.

Saranda, Albania to Corfu Town, Corfu

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Hair cut for 5 euro and eyebrow pluck for 2 euro – what a difference to the $50AUD+ we pay for a trim in Oz and Europe. To put everything into perspective, the average monthly wage was $400 euro per month. We departed for a mid – afternoon motor to the isle of Corfu: a land of myths, with centuries … Read More

Butrint, Albania

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Butrint, UNESCO World Heritage site, and what a magnificent story it had to tell. An assortment of Roman Villas, temples, cemeteries, in conjunction with Venetian and Ottoman castles made this site unique. Set within a massive lagoon in which dense vegetation has once more run wild, and in sight of the mountain range that separates Albania from Greece, this is a … Read More

Blue Eye

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High in the mountains, traipsing across a rickety wooden bridge in gently falling rain, one was carried back to the rainforests of Asia. It was here that Blue Eye dwelt: a fresh water spring which has its beginnings in Corfu. Water of the deepest most vibrant blues, turquoises and greens gaily burbled from the ground. Yes, one could see how it … Read More

The Albanians

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People here were so friendly here and their spoken English better than that of many native English speakers: children commenced learning English and French in year four of school.

Seranda, Albania

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5pm sun setting we approached Seranda, Albania. High mountain peaks enshrouded in thick grey clouds drew ever closer. Hillside grasses of drab olive greens were interspersed here and there with what appeared to be low shrub like bushes. Well into the bay, signs of civilization were as small villages became visible to the eye.   Bob phoned his contact who conversed … Read More

Marina di Ragusa, Sicily to Seranda, Albania

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Excitement had built over the day as our 20:00 departure time from the marina for our three day sail to Seranda approached. A final check of the weather, course plotted, and at last, after a long seven months, Gratis was out upon the waters. Fishing boats and ships galore made for an interesting first night’s motor to the island’s south eastern tip. It … Read More