Freebirdie's Sailin' Blog

22 November 2011 | Seattle
01 August 2011 | Santa Maria di Leuca
03 July 2011 | Greece
15 June 2011 | Gulf of Corinth
05 June 2011 | Athens
28 May 2011 | Poros Greece
25 April 2011 | Symi Island
13 April 2011 | Naxos, Greece
20 February 2011 | Istanbul, Turkey
30 January 2011 | Ephesus
28 January 2011 | Marmaris
16 January 2011 | Selcuk, Turkey
31 December 2010 | Marmaris
24 October 2010 | Cappadocia, Turkey
16 September 2010 | Marmaris Turkey
26 August 2010 | Fethiye, Turkey
19 August 2010 | Marmaris
03 August 2010 | Larnaca Cyprus
01 August 2010 | Mediterranean Sea
30 July 2010 | Ashkelon Marina

Larnaca Cyprus

03 August 2010 | Larnaca Cyprus
Dave and Judy

After hiding in our cool cabin all night we ventured out. We assembled our trusty folding bikes and took off on a little preliminary/exploratory mission. Once out of the marina we found ourselves in touristville. The beach was completely covered with umbrellas and sun beds. People were actually sitting in the sun?? It was scorching out! The Russian tourists seem to be of a tougher variety.?? We met our friends for lunch followed by a quick stop at the hardware store. We found the city to be very European with lots of international and Mediterranean restaurants. In the afternoon we retreated to our air conditioned hide away. The next day we took an early walking tour around the city. Even though most of the city has been rebuilt it still retains some old world flavor, lots of narrow cobble stone streets, old stone buildings with balconies overflowing with bougainvillea. There were good smells too like bakeries with wood fired ovens. We like it here.

We rented a car and took off for the wine country. Our friends Tim and Rose came along. Our first stop was the 13th century medieval castle of Kolossi. As we roamed around inside it wasn't hard for the imagination to take over. It would be a great place for a round of hide and seek. Back in the Air Conditioned Car we wound our way up the mountain roads. Soon we were among the vineyards and passed through several small villages. We finally stopped for lunch in a little village on the hillside. We snaked our way through the cobble stone streets and found a little Taverna. We had a most enjoyable lunch that lasted two hours. The dining area was under a giant grape arbor which provided shade from the blazing sun. A soft breeze even found its way in and we became mesmerized by the whole scene.

Next we headed to a small winery for some tasting. After several stops in picturesque villages for coffee we headed down out of the cool mountains.

We spent next 2 days touring the island with our rented car. Next, we showed up in Nicosia, the divided capital separating the Northern Turkish half form the Southern Greek half. Lots of stories there..... Unfortunately most everything was closed because it was Saturday afternoon. We headed out into the country and wound up back in the cooler quaint little villages in the mountains again.

The air was dry and not a shot. It was fun to walk around the little cobble stone alley ways. We peered into little shops and old churches stopping for coffee here and there.

On our final day with the car we headed East along the coast. We planned to stop for a picnic lunch along the coast but it was just too hot.

Our day was spent driving from site to site then jumping out of out Air Conditioned Car and quickly look around. We'd look at each other and say "CHECK" then leap back in the car and head down the road. Finally we stopped at a seaside restaurant for a late lunch. There was a breeze that helped cool things down a little.
Vessel Name: Freebird
Vessel Make/Model: Grainger MC420 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Dave and Judy Howell
Dave started building Freebird in 1995 in a plastic shed on Camano Island, NW USA and launched her in April of 2001. He retired from the Fire Department in 1999 after 28 years of service. Judy Retired from dentistry in 1995 after 27 years. [...]
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