I got chills, they’re multiplying !
I got chills, they’re multiplying because I’m so excited about the forthcoming move.
See what I did there?
As promised, here is the competition to win a bottle of champers and some Atlas gifts.
In keeping with my theme ‘Greece is the word‘ I’m going to drop the odd reference in this post from the film Grease. HOW MANY ARE THERE? I will announce the winner at the weekend so either post your answer on Twitter, Facebook or send me an email.
Our move is now IMMINENT so I’m going to try and shed some more light on our location so when you are thinking about you’re next holiday adventure or sail training course it’ll be a case of you saying:
“You’re the one that I want”
So….. We will be based at a marina in a town called Lavrion which is around a 25-30 minute transfer south from Athens airport. This location was selected because there are flights all year round. Our cruising grounds will be the areas know as the Saronic Gulf and The Cyclades.
I won’t go into too much detail about all the islands because there are far too many and far too much information to put into one post but I intend to write a section for the website that will detail the islands more in depth.
We’ll start with the Saronics. Some of the islands in this area are Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Hydra, Salimina and Spetses.
Aegina is, as far as nightlife goes, is one of the livelier islands, it’s electrifying! It also has the Doric style Temple of Aphaia located there and from the temple you have a view of the mainland all the way from Athens and down to Cape Sounion. Also, for anyone who likes pistachio nuts you can buy them here by the sackful but be warned because they are addictive. they go down like greased lightning. Aegina is also the place where Nikos Kazantzakis wrote Zorba the Greek.
In this area there is Hydra and to my heart I must be true, this is definitely one of my favourites. No cars on Hydra, the only motorised vehicle is the dust cart. So if you want to go anywhere it’s on foot or donkey. This is the place where ‘Boy on a Dolphin’ was filmed starring the absolute beauty Sophia Loren and Leonard Cohen once had a place here. The place hasn’t changed much in centuries. The town has been restored and is preserved exactly as it appeared in the 1800’s when its inhabitants built it during a period of prosperity gained from piracy and blockade running.
The other islands are equally as beautiful and there are many other places to visit on this side like Epidavros where you can visit the ancient theatre that is famous for its acoustics and in ancient times it was famed as a place of miraculous healing.
I could write heaps more but I will now explain a bit about the Cyclades area. This is a gorgeous area because it’s got groove it’s got meaning.
There are a few islands in this area that you will know like Mykonos (where Shirley Valentine was filmed) and Santorini which is featured on many, many post cards.
Some of the other islands are Kea, Kythnos, Andros, Ios, Milos, Naxos, Paros and Tinos to name but a few.
The nearest island to our base is Kea. The island is very interesting and beautiful island with a long history and is very popular with Athenians, many who have summer houses here or come for weekends. Despite being the closest Cyclades island to Athens, in terms of tourism is just coming out of the dark ages. Why is that? Very simple: Even though it is close to Athens the only ferry connection is from the town of Lavrion on the other side of Cape Sounion. There are no regular boats from Pireaus, the main port of Athens, so getting to Kea is a bit of a hassle (unless you’re on a yacht of course).
We could quite easily arrange for someone to do a Shirley Valentine when we visit Mykonos so she could sing ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You‘ to a Greek Adonnis. With all the other places we visit you definitely won’t be stranded at the drive-in and with the brief outline I’ve given you about our new location you’ll just be saying “tell me more, tell me more” and hopefully you’ll join us more than once in a blue moon.
It’s not just the summer nights that are magical there, weather, by British standards at least is decent most of the year. On a longer cruise we can visit the island of Skopelos where Mama Mia was filmed and there is a chance that we can make it so far but be sure to apply plenty of suncream otherwise you might turn into a pink lady.
So as far as the Greeks Islands go for me I can safely say “We’ll always be together” and there ain’t no danger we can’t go too far.
If numerous people have the correct answer there will be a live draw on Facebook.