Double dip dolphins
07 June 2012 | samos to ikaria to chios to lesbos
Bumped into Jean Paul again again (is he stalking us or us him!) Good anchorage outside cute Pythagoreio Harbour. (home of Pythagoras surprisingly) Its a must to hire a car on Samos. Stuffed zucchini flowers lunch in one of the beautiful hilltop villages amidst wild hollyhocks and poppies. Hillsides of terraced vineyards and orchards. Lots of hiking. Second highest peak in the Aegean. Would love to come back on day.
Dolphin spotting from Ikaria to Chios, first one group of six or so bow riders; after an hour a lonesome male; then a massive pod of 50 cruised past... All just to say Happy Birthday to Martyn. They were a day early but perhaps they were on Turkey time!!
Chios Town not much to write home about, (so I won’t other than funny half built marina)
Island of Oinoussa however was lovely. Five miles long where the wealthiest Greek shipping magnates hailed from. Picturesque harbour guarded by a mermaid, faded elegant and grand houses and good beaches.
Celebrated Martyns birthday there and with an English couple in Plomari, Lesbos, after a cracking 8 knots an hour sail for four hours. Thought the Meltemi had arrived early when we set off tho! Happy Birthday to all the other members of the Gemini Club – Ruth, Emma, Thomas, Teri and Lynne in Sard!!!