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Published: June 14th 2012
Idyllic Kioni. This is postcard stuff.
We got to Kioni in good time and so found a great spot on the town quay, with a fair bit of space for more boats.
Kioni is a quaint little town with a lovely harbour. But, there is only space on the quay for about 25 boats - at a push! Well, by the end of the afternoon a whole load of boats had come in and 3 flotillas to boot! There were about 65 boats tucked in, or should I say SQUEEZED into every nook and cranny! The flotilla leaders were top n tailing some of their boats and there were loads rafted up together with lines to the rocks on the other side of the harbour.
In the late afternoon we decided to have Fredo Cuppacinos at the cafe across the harbour. As we were sitting enjoying our drinks we noticed a veritable flotilla of dinghies in various states of repair and 'inflatedness' rowing around the harbour. I also noticed some people with rather strange head gear....
A little later we discovered that one of the flotillas was holding a two-man blindfolded dinghy race. The person rowing was blindfolded and the second person had to
Dinghy race. Does it matter which way we go...?
give directions...! What a giggle. In no time at all there was absolute chaos with collisions and boats heading off to every corner of the harbour.... A good laugh was had by all!
And we didn't even have to pay for the afternoon's entertainment. 😄
We spent two wonderful days at Kioni and then headed off to Kastos, which is positively rustic (perhaps wild would be a better description) by comparison, then a stop at Port Leonie, on Kalamos. And then we decided to shock the girls' senses with a stop at Mitikas (a very Greek town, not usually on the tourist route!) and a trip up the hill to Kandela and dinner at Marianthi's!
Port Leonie was once a thriving hamlet, but when the earthquake hit in 1953, the homes were destroyed and the water supply was damaged beyond repair. As a result it was abandoned. All that remains in tact is the Church, which the locals visit on a regular basis to paint and maintain!
The beach at Mitikas turned out to be a hit! And we have now nicknamed it 'Trishie's Beach'! It had small pebbles, very blue and calm sea and it
The Dad (with the hat) and Daughter team gave up and got a tow home
even had sand! Just the combination Trish was looking for. She paddled the day away! What a great end to the girls' holiday!
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