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June 23rd 2013
Published: June 25th 2013
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Overlooking that gorgeous blue water
Anchored off Mytilene, Lesbos (3rd largest Greek Island) - 1st port we have had to use tenders to get us ashore but run very efficiently. Very pretty island, quite hilly with lots of white and blue houses up the hillsides of the villages and loads of olive groves. This island is very famous for Ouzo and olives. Lost our group for lunch so after going for a 2 hour walk around town and up on the large hill in town to the castle ruins decided to rent a small car and take in a lot more of the island. This was a fantastic way to go - though right hand side drive - windy roads - John driving like a bat out of hell sometimes it was a bit hairy! Up and down mountains and overlooking the bright deep blue sea with lots of little beaches (pebbles though, no sand) along the way it was so pretty - stopped in a little village about 20klms outside Mytilene and had another yummy Greek lunch and a couple of ice cold beers, right on the waterside in a little cove - then continued onto Kalloni through little hillside villages with cobble stoned streets

Our lunch spot
where two cars could hardly pass - very tinder dry in the countryside but all the olive trees looked very healthy. Being Sunday no shops open so was a good move to take a car outside of the main area - only cost us 25 Euro for about six hours - the girl from the car rental used to live in Templestowe and another girl at the petrol station used to live in Fitzroy - except for family why would they want to come back here as the economy is so bad! Bought a case of that lovely FIX dark beer - didn't know how we would go getting it back on board - but no hassle - I think the guy doing the alcohol surveillance couldn't have cared less - he reckons his first and last contract on cruise ships! Sailed out of Lesbos around 5.15p.m.

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Lunch by the water

Our ship with tenders taking us into shore

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