Greek Ruins – Up High and Down Low

Next morning we left our anchorage and headed for Epidhavros on the mainland. We found a spot on the town jetty and after lunch, set off for the famous Epidhavros amphitheatre, about 30 minutes away by taxi.

The theatre is generally accepted as the best preserved in Greece and it didn’t disappoint. It seats 14,000 and the acoustics are amazing. Anthony proved it by delighting the crowd and reciting the start of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

I was sitting up the top and could hear every word clearly. Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to hit the record button, and the moment was lost.

As well as the amphitheatre, there was a whole Greek town being excavated, along with a museum so we managed to take up the whole hour, whilst the taxi driver patiently waited for us, part of the package deal the taxis all run to the ruins.

Back at the boat, we had a quiet night before heading around the corner in the morning to find the underwater ruins that was on the tourist brochure. We had no GPS coordinates so we sent Anthony in the dingy to ask around. He found some paragliders who had seen it from the air and he soon found it in the dingy. We motored La Mischief over and dropped the anchor and then had a wonderful snorkel on the ruins. Weird.

Our next stop was Poros, one of those Greek islands that looked like a Rorschach ink blob. That’s probably not quite fair as Poros looks quite spectacular as is the approach to the island as you pass through the narrow gap that separates it from the mainland, busy with all the ferries criss-crossing the narrow channel.

We thought about anchoring but the anchorages close to town weren’t the best and we decided the town looked interesting enough to enjoy an evening at.

And it proved to be the case. The chanderly was good and we picked up a few things there. We ate at one of the restaurants near the town wall and were entertained by about 50 Russians who were having some sort of fun regatta for the week. We watched them all try and dock after their races, and then as we ate dinner, we could see their slide show and presentations. Couldn’t understand a word of what they were saying but they seemed to be having a good time.

Next morning it was u early to try and beat the weather before it came in the next day. But thats another story.

For photos of Epidhavros see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200510212550733&type=1&l=14d0be1771

For photos of Poros see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200510215790814&type=1&l=270b87f7c4

One Side of Greece to the Other

Having popped out the other side of the canal, it was like being in a different Greece.

We immediately pulled the genneker up and sailed down the Eastern Peloponnisos towards our anchorage for the night at the SW tip of Angistri, looking across a narrow channel towards Nisis Dhoroussa. The weather had improved and we had one of those delightful afternoon sails under a bright sunny sky. We got there about 5pm and found a spot amongst a group of other yachts and power boats. We dropped our anchor in a lovely small bay and Anthony swam a line ashore so we could go stern to.

The water was soooo clear and a swim was the first order of the day.

It turned out to be a very entertaining bay as the next morning we were treated to a screaming match aboard a yacht sans mast, two boats down. The dog on board was not impressed, it retreated right to the very back of the boat. It eventually ended with the lady of the boat disappearing down below, with her parter soon pulling up anchor and leaving, no doubt to drop her off somewhere close by.