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Patiriti, Alonnisos

We squeezed onto the town quey. 14 Euros. The most we have ever paid, in Greece! Very good supermarket down on the South West corner. Veggies and a great bread shop up the East road, which also takes you up to the old town. We bused it up for dinner, with great views North and South.
Next day we discovered an ancient stone path. Start by walking up the West road up from the town quay, and you will see a blue sign on left hand side of road. Worth the walk.
-Old town of Patiriti-

Ormos Milia, Alonnisos

Great anchorage, all to ourselves. Went ashore with our Cobb BBQ and cooked a butterflied leg of lamb. Round white pebbly beach. Beautiful clear warm water.
-James and sister, Christine-

Skopelos Town

Lovely gentle sail down the East coast and anchored for lunch at a lovely bay called Ormos Stafilos. Could have happily stayed the night, only a slight Southerly wind was due overnight, so we headed up to Skopelos. Found a mooring on the old town quey. It's a lovely old town. Found a great shop of quality goods of all sorts for us ladies. Nice dinner at the first and oldest tavernas
-Stuffing zuchinni flowers with rice-

Loutraki Skopelos

We decided to ferry from Glossa to Skiathos to pick up Christina, (leaving HC anchored in the bay of Loutraki), who was out visiting by herself for a well deserved holiday. Had a fun walk up to Glossa, and a delicious meal at 'Nikki's', LAST taverna N. on the water front, yellow chairs.

Plantis Kira

Started with a good sail, but ended up motoring the last hours, with strangely sloppy waves on our nose. Plantis is totally uninhabited and this large inland lagoon, had just a few yachts and local fishermen, taking shelter from some strong winds due that night. Great spot, if you want isolation!

Ayios Evstratios,

Good start but finished motoring, and 9 hours later, arrived at this tinniest of islands. Barely visible on the charts.
Had an amazing experience, one of genuine Greek hospitality. In the taverna that night met a friendly local, who wished to visit our boat the next day. He arrives with his partner, a bag full of apricots, tomatoes, cucumber, and a bouquet of the most fragrant roses, all from his organic garden. They we welcoming us to their island!
As much as we insisted, they do not come on board, but invited us to their home for coffee, in a few hours.
We set out to find the 'white house with the blue door,' and are about to give up when he finds us, and drives us to his lovely home. He grew everything you could ever want, even peanuts! He introduced us to his 3 goats and chickens, digs me up some potatoes, and takes us upstairs to join Roxanna. Roxanna is his new partner, with a bucket full of knowledge of growing and preserving food. Even chickens are preserved and jarred!
Ouzo my friend, it is too late for coffee! Now it is time for ouzo. Oh dear, we were heading out in over an hour. OK, just one thank you. We could not deny his offer.
I hear Roxanna whisking away in the kitchen.
And yes, a beautiful home grown garden salad comes to the table, along with zucchini fritters, and jarred chicken. Her gracious nature is overwhelming, I could not help but admire how deftness in the kitchen.
A little more ouzo, and then Roxanna produces yet another dish: Rice & mince stuffed little squash with b├ęchamel sauce and poached eggs. And this was supposed to be a morning coffee!!
The music comes on and as we say our farewells, Stefan grabs James by the hand and together they begin a traditional Greek male dance, whilst Roxanna claps away!!! Truly amazing! A day never to be forgotten. Sadly my camera battery ran out at the beginning.
Managed to get away with just one incident, a fender slips through my hands!
-Stefan and Roxanna's delicious salad-

Molivos Lesvos GR

We ended up staying 4 nights here. James decided to ferry to Turkey to renew his visa, which was easily done. Molivos and it's surroundings has so much to offer. The nearby coastal towns, the mountain villages, walks, great tavernas in the old port, We found a really traditional ouzerie on the cobbled road up to the village, with views across the whole bay. Ouzo and mezza, the best. Using the ingredients from the women's co-operatives. We talked to an English couple, who had been coming to Molivos for the last 20 years. They claim it has really not changed that much, which is great to hear.
Avoid the w.e., for yes, there is a disco bar, that carries through to the morning hours!

Jul/04/2011 | Jane Poulston
Hi Sounds like you are coming our way. We will look out for you. Where are you wintering? Great info on where you have been, Lesvos is on our list for August, have just updated our blog.
Molivos Lesvos GR
Jun/22/2011, Visit if you Can!

No wind, so motored along this beautiful coast line. What a treat Molivos is turning out to be! One of the cleanest 'tourist towns', topped with a Medieval Castle. The cobbled stoned streets flanked with little shops and covered with the most amazing tunnel of wisteria, is not to be missed.
Great bakery at top of tunnel, with wonderful wholemeal sesame bread. They know their German market!
The old harbour is surrounded by very nice little tavernas. We ate at Captains Table and the Octopus restaurant, had a great meal.

Tsonia, Lesvos GR

Great sail up North West. Probably passed our Eastern most point of our voyage! Turkey was so close. B5 tight reach, rough at first than flat, and HC flew along!
Sweet little bay, with a very narrow brown beach. Anchored and rocked all night! Delicious stuffed zucchini flowers at the beach taverna. Probably should have kept going.

Mitilini Lesvos GR

Stopped for lunch and swim at a beautiful day, Ormos Mersina.
As we approached Mitilini we must have seen over 50 small boats fishing in the flat seas. Squid, apparently. Tied to the town quay, plenty of space. Bustling city, full of history and culture, the harbor lined with cafes, overlooked by the remains of the castle. Turkey lies at a stones throw. Head to the Northern coast of the 'castle peninsula' for good tavernas, we found out later. Great provisioning.


Its so nice to sail with the wind on your bum, and flat seas. You are sailing along, and without even feeling it you are doing 7knots!
Plomari is a sad town. Its as though the citizens have lost hope, and exist. They take no pride in their town, its run down and the tinniest effort to maintain their little parks, or strim the paving, or paint the white borders, has been neglected years ago. Vibrant though, and lots of men just sitting in the ancient cafes, with the paint peeling from the walls, just hangin' out. When you look at their tiny cubicle of houses, I guess its a better place to be. Great supermarket and stalls everywhere.

Apothekes, Kolpos Kalloni, Lesvos
Sea 24!!

Nice gentle sail, wind from behind, flat seas. Into the entrance of Kolpos Kaloni, a large inland water way. Anchored in the bay of Apothekes, a very tiny hamlet of houses of fisherman. Ate in the taverna at end of breakway. So-so. Harsh landscape, with some ancient remains of houses.


Well worth a visit to this sleepy town. Known for its petrified forests found in the area, trees dating back 20 million years ago!. Visited the very informative and well done modern museum at edge of town. Happy to have come here.

Sigri, Lesvos GR

After exploring a few bays of Alonnisos, we decided, very spontaneously to sail overnight to Lesvos! The conditions were perfect, full moon, not too much wind or sea, and we had time to spare before Christina's arrival, July 1st.
We had a great sail, 19 hours, constant beam reach, with winds 8-18kts. Anchored in the lovely bay S. of the town.

Votsi, Alonnisos

Nice sail to Alonnisos. Anchored and tied to the rock wall, in crystal clear waters. Walked to Patitiri town. Enjoyed the hamlet of Votsi. Nice little pizza/taverna, run by Greek/German girl. Great stuffed eggplant!

Skopelos Town

Were heading to Alonnisos, but since there was no wind, we called into Skopelos Town. Well worth the visit. Big quay. Ancient harbor town, with lots of original homes with original stone roofs.

Loutraki GR

Really enjoying it here. Such a safe little anchorage, surrounded by the hill of Glossa. Took a long walk to the other side, and the church and bay where Mama Mia was filmed. Heather was our guide, she runs organized hikes throughout the island on the ancient stone paths, which she is passionate about, and are slowly being destroyed.
-James descending the steep steps from the church where Mama Mia was filmed on Western side of island-

Loutraki, Skopelos GR

We left Koukounaris thinking we would spend a night at main town Skiathos. The harbor was already busy, and anchoring seamed impossible. And the noise of motor cycles, and chaos, made us quickly change our mind! With no hesitation we crossed over to Skopelos. Just the jib got us there nicely. Anchored in the lovely bay, and immediately fell very much at home here.
Great walk on the old stone path up, up up to the village of Glossa with fabulous views!
-The bay with HC anchored-

Koukounaris Skiathos GR

Big sandy bay, with lots of space to anchor. Not much in terms of provisions. The expected NW wind arrived, and at 3:30 things were getting windier and rougher. That's because we were drifting into the middle of the bay!! The dreaded dragging of anchor. Our iPad alarm had seized up so our 'alarm system' had failed us! Lesson, have a back up! Good thing I got up to check on things!
-Banana Beach over the hill, beginning of the season-

Pefki Evia GR

As we rounded the peninsula the wind picked up, on our nose. But we were in no hurry, and just went for it, taking all the way. 16 tacks for 21 miles as the crow flies. ~7 hrs with 20-25 knots apparent. Fun day! Small safe little harbour, andchored.
- 3 mates fishing the day away on the sandy peninsula-

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