|Wednesday 31 May
Pretty much a day of staying on aboard completing chores / maintenance /provisioning etc.
Thursday 1 June
Left the quayside early with a three other boats heading for the canal. There was abit of strong westerly blowing but we were all determined to go through, specially Twins a Belgian registered yacht.
Anyway the canal was amazing (shame Gen didn’t see as much as me as we didn’t take down the bimini. Got through formalities pretty quickly and it cost just shy of 200 Euros (we’re 12.45m LOA) for the 35 minute pleasure.
The other boats headed south east to the Saronic Islands – we were heading for Athens.
We anchored on the NE part of Salamis – not far from where the big boats anchor. We were pretty much sheltered from the forecasted winds so decided to put out our kedge to keep us pointed into the swell / wake of any passing vessels.
Friday 2 June
Pretty much a sleepless morning. The wind picked up around 2am and was blowing from behind (luckily as it could have loosened either of the anchors) – not as forecast. Gen let go of the kedge early morning so we could at least get some sleep.
We got up early to retrieve the anchor (especially as there were quite a number of fishermen about) and then before noon headed for Pireaus – Zea Marina. We got shown to our berth which we shimmied into and then in the afternoon wandered around the local area. We are both a little shattered so wanted to recover.
Saturday 3 June
We didn’t expect fishermen to head out of the marina from 5am – some quietly, others not so much. Because we went bows-to in (and a tight squeeze it was) our transom is exposed to any wake resulting – so sometimes we would get a swoosh, swoosh and other times bash bash. So when we got back from our days venturing we tied 3 fenders together and floated them under the transom in “hope” the noise would be less in the early hours.
Today we following an example walking tour as outlined in the Lonely Planet – it was good, and also ventured around a couple of other places, including the private marina next door to this one – very good restaurants.
Sunday 4 June
Yes the fenders did help demonstrably.
Having researched on a number of websites we thought today being the first Sunday and not in July, August or September, that the sites would be free entrance, but no, this is not the case. Anyways, we visited the Agora and the Acropolis, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch. As we were finishing our exploration of the southern slopes the heavens opened and there was an almighty downpour. Luckily we were not too far from the entrance where we were able to shelter for nearly an hour.
Monday 5 June
Again after a better nights sleep than the night before, headed off to Athens for more sightseeing.
Today the concentration was on the old cemetery [add name], the National Archaeological Museum and various other sites on our combination ticket.
It’s noticeably getting hotter everyday. And there are more and more tourists about.