Our adventure has begun on our chartered Bavaria 39 yacht, which is a dream boat compared to our dinky 28 foot sailboat at home. It has three cabins with room for two in each and a variety of luxuries that we have never had before, such as on board showers, electric toilets and fridge, and a wonderful canopy dodger that keeps the hot heat off our white skin. We especially love this as we are so hot here in Greece, mostly dealing with 30•c sun beating down all day. Our white skin is rather red these days!
We spent our first night in the marina in Athens to get organized, shop, orient ourselves to the boat, and figure out our navigation route. With an early start the next day we headed off to Hydra town, about 35 nautical miles south of Athens. We sailed thru the cooler fog and avoided big freighters and ferries and arrived in time for lunch. Hydra or Idra is a really neat old Venetian harbour town with a lot of history. We anchored our boat in the next harbour over as it is incredibly busy, and rowed ashore over crystal azure blue waters littered with sea urchins. Our walk into town was along a stone path up and down and winding round past ancient tiny church chapels with bright coloured doors and little crosses on top. Arriving in the harbour we stopped to take it all in. A beautiful little harbour lined with boats and ferries, and surrounded by white and tan coloured houses leading up into the hillside. With winding cobblestone streets and doors of every bright colour you can imagine, we took our time exploring. Cats slept in the shade everywhere, bright flowering plants creeped over gates and walls, and we moved away from the harbour and higher up to see the town from a different perspective. It is special!
One thing I love about Greece is the iced coffee... With cream and sugar and lots of ice. It is the most satisfying drink on a hot day here. Chris disagrees, and says the beers is better. We are eating well with a lot of greek salads, and there is very fresh seafood here too, Joe had an octopus salad today and loved it. We are settling into the rhythm of the Greek Isles. You can't help but relax here, it's just my style. Next up: Poros. Another gem of the islands here on the Peloponnese coast.