12 September 2013 | Zakinthos, Ionian Islands, Greece
I cannot believe I am up to date on our blog. I'm so happy and proud of myself!
The crossing from Sicily was truly uneventful, except for my birthday celebration.
When we arrived in Zakinthos port, we dropped our anchor and backed up to the town dock, tying the stern to the dock. Most places in Spain, Italy and France have converted to laid moorings that you pick up to tie to your bows instead of using your anchor. Greece has not made the transition to moorings, or at least not on the town docks.
The town of Zakinthos used to be beautiful with many Venetian style buildings. Unfortunately, most of the Ionian islands' towns were destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. Now it is a nice touristic town, nothing spectacular, but they have managed to preserve the old style somewhat. The island is also famous because in spring, loggerhead turtles come ashores to lay eggs. Now is the time for the turtle eggs to hatch but it is more of a hit or miss if you see any. [the boat next door did not see any, and the local dock agent said it was not worth it, so we gave it a miss]
We rested, ate Greek food (excellent lamb, juicy tomatoes, lovely tsatsiki), and caught up with school work. Ah! the hard live of the middle school student on a Med cruising trip. :-)
Next week, we will be making our way through the Gulfs of Patras and Corinth, the Corinth Canal, and on into port of Piraeus near Athens.