Published: June 25th 2012June 22nd 2012
The Oxies arrived in time to enjoy the last of 'pink hour'
The Oxies have arrived!
And they have brought the hot weather with them. We have gone from warm days and cool nights - needing blankets - to hot nights and even HOTTER days. Blankets are a thing of the past and swimming and mist spray fans have become essential!
Since the girls left we managed to sneak back up the mountain, visited the piglets - my they have grown!- and snuck into Costa and Sofia's place to take a few pics of their gorgeous garden. Then we headed for Preveza to see Daph and Robbie and then it was off to Vonitsa to get ready for the Oxies's arrival!
We have since had a couple of days of beautiful sailing and anchoring in tranquil bays in the gulf. Skinny Chicken Bay being one of them - so named because we had dinner at the taverna on the beach there last year and the chicken Kevin ordered was sooooo skinny he wasn't able to find any meat to eat off it (I had prawns which were delicious!). And Goat Bay was the other - it derived its named from the goats which are brought down to the water's edge
Alexi enjoying a bit of shade and respite from watching his goats and sheep
every morning and every evening by the goat herder.
We then set sail for the South again and on route to Spartahori took a swing past Skorpios, which is the island owned by the Onassis family. It is still kept in pristine condition, with manicured lawns and gardens. Even Onassis' old speed boats are still on view under their original awnings.
We then sailed to the other side of the island to have look at Jacqui O's simple beach cottage. This was built in the traditional Cycladean style of white-washed walls and blue doors and window frames (in the Ionians the architectural style has a Venetian influence and the homes and shops are usually painted in the peaches, creams and pale yellows. Or they are finished in beautiful stone.) Apparently she enjoyed many hours of quiet and seclusion there.
Once safely ensconced on our moorings at Spilia we climbed on our bikes for the Tour de Meganisi, with a stop at George's for Fredo Cappuccinos! 😄
Charles and Judy are hard taskmasters, so after that it was swim time and then a hike up the hill to Spartahori village for sundowners and the best view in
Mama pig (she may look cute, but if you put your finger too close you'll lose it!)
the Ionians! Well, maybe the second best after the view from Lynne and Jerry's...! 😉
Today we dived off the boat and swam into some caves on Levkas island (fondly called Bruce's Caves because he so enjoys going into them). The water here is indigo blue and as you swim into the caves and turn around the water is iridescent and turquoise! Then it was off to Sivota (a beautiful enclosed bay which is hidden from the sea and which delights your senses as you round the corner and see it - no matter how many times you have been there before) for more swimming, siesta-ing and sundowners!
There are more photos below