For the past two weeks we have enjoyed traveling together with Paul and Amanda Mitchell. Today we had to say goodbye.
We initially all met in Musket Cove, Fiji in 2003 during our first cruise on Morpheus. Paul and Amanda live in New Zealand and when we checked in with them two years ago we learned that they had plans to purchase a boat in Europe in order to cruise the Med. What are the chances that we’d run into them again 13 years later, and in Europe???
The last two weeks have been fantastic, but they are getting ready to head home in three weeks and we need to sail 200 miles east to meet Joe and Michelle Hawkins when they get off their ferry on August 27th.
If all goes well we will all see each other again next season. We sure hope so!!
Yesterday, we left Lefkada (finally) and headed South towards Itaca.
Along the way, we motorsailed past Skorpios, the island previously owned by Aristotle Onnasis. As we poked our bow in to take a look, we were soon greeted by a friendly but serious security guare who let us know that we could not proceed beyond a set of yellow buoys surrounding the island. No problem, we were not that interested anyway.
Onwards to Ithaca!
Talk about ancient history. Ithaca (supposedly the home of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey) was first settled during the late Bronze Ages by the Myceneans around 1500-1100 B.C. It is these people who are celebrated by Homer in the Iliad and even more in the Odyssey.
We dropped anchor in the main harbor of Vathy, a well protected harbor surrounded by a very nice and very busy village.
(see pictures below)
Today we are off for Kefalonia just to our West.
We had a great day today touring Kefkada Island in a rental car with our friends Paul and Amanda. We visited waterfalls, inland towns, west coast beaches, and the destination kite surfing spot on the North Coast. Great fun, and a nice change of pace.
Tomorrow we are off for the island of Ithaka.
Not really sure what else to say about this one…