Hello From A Hot And Sunny Mediterranean
Next morning we upped anchor and sailed around the top of Cephalonia and down the west coast to Myrtos, reputed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Well it definitely is pretty. The water is very turquoise but quite milky due to the makeup of the limestone cliffs. The beach is white pebbles. We anchored off and had lunch and a swim before moving on to Assos. Now this must be the most picturesque village we have seen in Greece. It is built on the neck of a peninsula with another large Venetian fort out on the peninsula. We walked to the fort early the following morning before it got too hot. Interestingly we had been reading how much these northern Ionian Islands had suffered from an earthquake which struck in 1953. Assos was one such village that had been badly damaged, but had been sensitively restored with the help of a donation from the city of Paris. It has been beautiful kept with freshly painted buildings and lots of hanging flowering plants now in full bloom in every street. I have never seen oleanders grow so prolifically before.
This Friday sees a slight change of plan in our cruising calendar. I will fly out to Dubai for two weeks to help our daughter Brigitte pack up her household goods so they can go into storage for a time. She hopes to fly to the States to join her husband Dan who has just done a flying course by the beginning of August. The exciting news is that she is expecting twins, but must now finish work and take things much more slowly. She needs to move out and be with Dan, and rest up completely before their births in October. While I am away for a couple of weeks Alec will stay with SHAMAL. So as you can see we are having a VERY interesting and exciting year.