|William and Matthew Abu Dhabi|
Well we finished off our last newsletter in Abu Dhabi. We were to spend another week there before departing. It was sad for us when the time came to say goodbye to family, particularly the boys whom we had been with for the last five months. We are not sure when we will catch up with them again. But as I keep saying, thank goodness for Skype.
Lefkada (levkas) is not too bad a place to be ‘stuck’ in for a while. Alec’s old flying colleague Peter Fidder also has his boat in the same Marina which he purchased recently, and he arrived to work on her. We have also run into people we have met before. New Zealand couple Laurence and Diane returned to their boat ‘Envoy’ and were moored on the same pontoon as us. Another lovely couple Vincent and Barbie off S/Y ‘ Horizons’ from the USA, and Bruno and Judy off S/Y ‘Pacific Pearl’. Bruno is French and Judy an Australian. So time has been spent with long conversations putting boats, and the world, to rights over coffee’s, drinks and dinners. That’s what part of the CRUISING life is all about. Your boat is just a means of getting from place to place to meet up with like-minded people. Then there are the locals who are friendly and always helpful. Alec and I arrived at a paint shop the other day and it had just closed and the owner was about to return home on his motor bike for a late lunch. But he opened up again and we purchased what we needed. He apologised he could not find everything as he had just moved into new premises, and had also had a couple of Ouzo’s as it was closing time !! His English was good and he told us he had worked on tankers for Shell and had visited NZ. He liked New Zealanders as his neighbour had told him how they had helped the Greeks during the war. We left thanking him and set off up the road on our bikes. He arrived at his ‘local’ Taverna and seeing us peddle by insisted we stop and join him for a drink. Out came the Ouzo for him, Beer for Alec, and I just stuck to a coffee as it was a bit early in the day for me. He chatted away for another hour introducing us to all his friends, then inviting us to visit him at his home in another bay on the island.
|Charter Yachts in Ormos Vlikho|
Just a little bit of information for other cruisers out there. We had to hand in our Greek Cruising Log to Customs here in Lefkada over the winter months while we were away. When we went to pick it up again we were asked to visit the Port Police so they could work out the “tax” we owed. They sent us over to the tax office to pay. At Euros 14.67 per mt. (we are 11.6mt) it came to Euros 170 plus the 23% Vat.- total Euros 210 for three months. Therefore we paid a total of Euros 418.62. That was for the period of six months. That is for a non-EU boat. The tax office would not accept a credit card – only cash !!! For Euros 20 our cruising log has been extended for another 6 mths by the Customs office.
The Admiral and the Commander