A day in Athens

We had a great day in Athens. We headed into town in the afternoon and headed first to the Akropolis. Tyrii couldn’t believe those buildings are 4000 years old. Amazing. Next we saw the houses of parliament, the temple of Zeus, the Stadium and finally a hilltop with an amazing view over the city. Today, after two nights in the marina, we are ready to head West again to make our way towards the Corinth Canal.

Akropolis

Akropolis


Akropolis

Akropolis


Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament


Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus


The Stadium

The Stadium

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Amazing view over the city

Amazing view over the city

Athens

We’re in Athens! What a change from those quiet anchorages! But it nice to get into civilisation again. It was pouring down earlier. As we entered the marina there were big thunderstorms on the horizon and as soon as we were moored up it started raining. Now it is all dry again and the evening is lovely and cool. We admired the big mega yachts that are here with tenders bigger than our boat! Tomorrow we plan to head into town for some sight-seeing…

Kea

Great sail today from Siros to Kea. It was blowing 25 knots true on the beam and the boat handled it great and we all loved it ! We left after our morning snorkelling and arrived here mid afternoon. The boys couldn’t wait to get back into the water as soon as we got here. They love snorkelling and checking out what it looks like below the sea level . Tyrii also likes to go and check whether the anchor is properly wedged in. Tomorrow we are heading towards Athens and that means saying goodbye to those lovely Greek Islands …

Tinos

I can’t believe it’s been only a week since we left Marmaris. We’ve done quite a few Greek islands in one week: Simi, Yiali, Levitha, Patmos, Fournio and Tinos.

We arrived in Tinos before sunset after a long day sailing, parked up Mediterranean style (anchor with stern lines to the quay) and settled down for the evening. It was a great day sailing, breezy and the wind came from the right direction. The boat handled it perfectly and comfortably. The boys were happy playing games, listening to music and helping steering the boat. Today we are having a rest-day and will just sail over to the next bay to anchor up and do some snorkelling. We haven’t seen any shops for the last few days so first we need to stock up on supplies. We are still ok for diesel and our watermaker has been doing a great job topping up the watertanks.

This is such a fantastic sail area, islands everywhere, plenty of choice and variety. One could easily spend a few months here but unfortunately we don’t have that luxury as we have to start making our way out of the Med. We should be in Athens in a week or so and then through the Corinth Canal.

Boys having a private conversation

Boys having a private conversation

Getting ready to host the main sail

Getting ready to host the main sail

Anchoring Med style, tying stern lines to the rocks

Anchoring Med style, tying stern lines to the rocks

Checking  the anchor holding

Checking the anchor holding

Aeneas loves snorkelling

Aeneas loves snorkelling

Anchored in Yiali with our buddy boat

Anchored in Yiali with our buddy boat

Dinner in a small taverna in Fournio

Dinner in a small taverna in Fournio

Our view from the restaurant, beautiful anchorage in Fournio

Our view from the restaurant, beautiful anchorage in Fournio

Playing with lego while we are sailing

Playing with lego while we are sailing

A little bit of school work

A little bit of school work

Tyrii steering the boat

Tyrii steering the boat

Our progress yesterday. I'm loving the Navionics Apps on the iPad !

Our progress yesterday. I’m loving the Navionics Apps on the iPad !