We are now in Poros, a small island 30 miles south of Athens. It’s very hard to find marina births close to Athens, especially for a catamaran so we took the opportunity to catch a fast ferry from here to Athens.
Athens has over 4 million people living there, which is half the population of Greece. Most of the city consists of 1950’s apartment blocks, but in the centre is the rocky Acropolis with the famous ruins of the Parthenon. Unfortunately it is shrouded in scaffolding, and has been like that for 40 years. All the locals reckon that it will be like that for another 40.
We have moved quite quickly across the Aegean, but still island hopping along the way. We usually leave about 7.30 in the morning covering about 50 miles arrive at our anchorage by about 2.00 in the afternoon This gives us enough time to do a bit of exploring before heading off again the next morning. We did have to do a small detour at the beginning of last week after Penny cut her head quite badly. She was asleep laying down in the saloon, and the sea was quite rough and a Greek ornament that we have on the shelf above fell down and landed on her head. (that’s my story and I’m sticking by it!!!) . The first thing I new about it was when I looked down from the helm station and saw penny covered in blood. . We decided rather to continue we would head back to Cos where there was a more likely chance of finding a doctor. As usual everything seems to go wrong together as it was just then the autopilot failed and I had to hand steer the 3 hours back. After a lot of help from the locals we managed to get a doctor. His surgery was shut for the day but they called him and he arrived 10mins later. We obviously interrupted his lunch He stitched Penny up and we went on our way.
Tomorrow we head through the Corinth Canal.