Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM
05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM
18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM
11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM
04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
22 September 2019 | Ormos Eleftheriou - 8,210NM
18 September 2019
18 September 2019 | Thassos - 8,190 NM
09 September 2019 | Marini, Lemnos - 8,123 NM
02 September 2019 | Sigri, Lesvos - 8,049 NM
21 May 2019
19 May 2019 | Mytilini, Lesvos - 7,977 NM
12 May 2019 | Skala Polikintiou - 7,936 NM
05 May 2019 | Moudrou, Limnos - 7,847 NM
17 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
09 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
06 April 2019 | Chios Town, Chios - 7,673 NM
28 March 2019 | Lakki, Leros - 7,573 NM
19 November 2018
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03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM

2019 by the numbers

Eighth year of cruising completed. This year’s numbers are:

05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM

I don’t want to alarm you but......

We had 10 days in Mytilini before our visitors arrived. We spent the time being very sociable with our fellow yachties. As well as Gordon and Louise on Camira we were joined by Edward on Windhoos from the Netherlands and Uva from Germany. A few bleary mornings were testament to the good nights had by [...]

18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM

Overnight to Molyvos

Our overnight passage was beautiful. We left Samothraki just before 5.00 pm to do 78 miles ensuring we arrived in daylight. The sea was totally flat and we had a gentle breeze allowing the main to give us a bit of assistance. The moon was almost full and already rising as we left and it lit our way until [...]

11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM

Samothraki

It was time to start heading south and back to Lesvos for the winter. We left Porto Lagos having really enjoyed our few days, there even though it felt as we left as soon as we’d arrived. 37 miles away was our next stop, Samothraki. A small island made of a large chunk of marble a long way from anywhere [...]

04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

Twitchers

Our first night back in Kavala turned out to be very long! One of the big ferries arrived shortly after us which isn't normally a problem but it clearly wasn't going anywhere soon but kept his engine running all night. Added to that the whole fishing fleet must've returned for the weekend passing very [...]

02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

A bus trip to Thessaloniki

A very pleasant 20 NM downwind motorsail past a couple of oil rigs took us to Ormos Eleftheriou. We had to come here as it’s Rita’s (Paul’s sister) family name. It’s a beautiful, big horseshoe shaped bay with small islands dotted about it, a few smaller bays plus a castle and sandy beaches. After [...]

Pamukkale

28 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey 7,323 NM
Sunny Spells
Pamukkale is Turkey's most visited tourist attraction with streams of coaches ferrying tourists from the coastal resorts arriving from midmorning onwards, so its good to arrive early if you can. We got there just as it opened at 9.00 and it was easy to see why it is so popular.

Mineral rich water comes out of a number of hot springs and flows down the mountainside depositing calcium crystals in beautiful white limestone terraces called travertines and forming brilliant turquoise pools. The travertines cover a large area, probably a mile or two in length and a few hundred metres down the hillside, a truly amazing site.

We entered through the north gate at the top of the site and walked the 3km to the travertines through the ruined necropolis of Hierapolis, the cemetery of an ancient roman spa town that grew up around the springs. The necropolis is spread out either side of a long road with impressive tombs and broken sarcophagi everywhere. On many of the tombs you could still make out Greek and Latin text that named the former occupants. Towards the end of the necropolis we left the road to walk along the cliff edge and get our first close up view of the Travertines. At this end of the site there were almost no other people and we only had to share the view with a very cute dog that walked along with us. We were a bit jealous as he kept leaving the path and walked across the travertines to get the best view, while we had to stick to the path.

In the centre of the site its possible to walk down the mountainside and onto the travertines and bathe/paddle in some of the pools. We chose not to, as by then there was a stream of people walking to them and the crowds put us off. We continued walking along the edge for more fabulous views, before turning away and heading up the hill to explore the ruins of the Roman spa town. The remains of the agora, theatre, some temples and gates in the city walls all impressed. We finished our tour of this site by heading to the ancient roman baths. These baths are fed by the mineral springs and its still possible to bathe in them, in pools littered with broken pillars and other ancient stone work. However the baths have been "renovated" and feel more like a 1960's lido with a few old pillars rather than their roman originals. We opted not to and walked back through the necropolis to the car for the long drive back to Didim.

We stopped for lunch in a service area off the main road. A petrol station and a transport cafe where we had a lunch that we chose by pointing at pictures on the wall as they had no English. It was delicious and only cost around three pounds.

A few miles from Didim, is the lake of Bafa Golu, so we decided to explore its shores a little and stopped for an early evening drink. We sat on a restaurant terrace watching the ducks and geese playing on the shore. A very peaceful way to finish the day.
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