We arrived in Salina this afternoon, a beautiful green lush island in the Aeolian archipelago. This group of islands are all peaks of volcanoes of which two are still active (Volcano and Stromboli). Aeolus was the god of the winds and it was he who gave Odysseus the contrary winds tied up in a bag, but near Ithaca his sailors opened it believing there was a treasure inside and yet again Odysseus was flown away from his homeland.
We sailed from Scilla to Volcona and then to Lipari where we were welcomed by massive fireworks. There was some sort of annual festival and we had front seats and watched the fireworks from the comfort of our boat. It was also super busy with Italian tourists (we didn’t see any other foreigners). We then sailed on to Panarea and spent a couple of days relaxing in a beautiful bay and yesterday afternoon we sailed to Stromboli. We timed it so we arrived there by evening and it was truly spectacular to see the lava stream out of the volcano. We anchored at night time and left again this morning to Salina.
It feels like a real holiday cruising the Aeolian islands and before we head over to Sardinia we also want to stop in Sicily. We’re feeling quite happy with the miles we have under our belts so far (approx 900 NM since we left Turkey).
I asked Tyrii what he thinks about our new lifestyle and he said it is both wonderful and not wonderful. What is not wonderful is not having wifi all the time and what is wonderful is the snorkelling, the food (pizza, pasta) and the sailing and the fact that he doesn’t get seasick (he got seasick a few times in the past but seems to be totally ok now!). I think that sums things up nicely!