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....final destination, Ikaria - the island of youth.

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17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Samos 10

Well we're still here and we haven't killed each other!!! And by the looks of it we still have weeks to go !

The days just roll by and most of the time we don’t know what day it is!!!

A few small shops have now started to open and small fishing boats are able to leave the harbour. Swimming is now permitted but just for exercise. No sunbathing on the beach. Tavernas and cafès are now getting ready for opening later this month. However, they are having to reduce the number of tables to allow for social distancing. Basically, all tables have to be 2m apart – which looks really weird. I have great respect for everybody here on Samos and the way they have coped with lockdown. It has paid off as we are still virus free . But it has cost them dearly. They have lost a lot of money and will continue to do so as the number of visiting tourists will be very much less than normal.
We are waiting for the official update next week but are managing our expectations regarding a departure date for yachties.

We seem to have seen the last of the rains and the temperature is rising. Today, down in the saloon it is 32°C. Outside is 34°C. This is the hottest May that Greece has experienced for 50 years. The sea temperature is also rising and we have taken to walking to our private beach late afternoon for a swim.

Now is the time to get into Mediterranean Mode. Up early to get chores done while it is cool then rest in the heat of the afternoon. So this morning I was up at 6am. Cleaned the loo/shower room. Vacuumed the saloon. Did a load of laundry and decorated the boat with it. Filled the water tank. Made breakfast. Checked Sara and Brian's boat (they are stuck in UK) and I am now sat in the shade of the cockpit, Buby at my feet, trying to write something exciting!!!!

We have discovered a few short, local walks which have been very nice. The other day, we were invited to join Steve and Karin on a 12km walk up a mountain to the ruins of a 2 000 year wall that was once 5km long and encompassed the village of Pythagorio. An 8.30am start and a steady climb upwards with some spectacular views along the way. As we neared the top, we were instructed to keep our “eyes right". Not sure what to expect but we did as instructed. When told we had reached our final destination, we looked down on the village of Pythagorio, the plateau where tobacco plants once grew but is now the airport, and the ocean. It was stunning and we were way above any in incoming aircraft. Steve produced a bottle of Raki and shot glasses and we enjoyed a tipple whilst taking in this incredible view. A slow walk back down ended with a few rounds of ice cold Mythos beer in the marina taverna – which offers a take away service. Basically you order. They bring beer. You must sit outside. 2m apart. A gin and tonic comes in a plastic take away coffee container with a straw and beers only in bottles. A truly wonderful day out with lovely people. It was exactly what we needed both physically and spiritually. We took Buby, he had a fantastic time, rushing through the undergrowth sniffing out bugs and butterflies. Thoroughly exhausted he slept in our cockpit for a few hours – as did we!!!!

Muse for this post: Our hobbies at the moment include eating, drinking and complaining that we are getting fat.........











Samos 10

17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Same tree, different season. We don't know what it is but the perfume from the flowers fills the street.

Samos 10

17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Buby - has gone from strength to strength. We are hoping that the expensive drugs we gave him back in March have cured him of the Leishmania. We were told there was no guarantee that it would work but if nothing else, he has gained much needed weight and muscle mass, gets regular food and exercise and most importantly, affection. We finally relented and now allow him into the cockpit. He walks the plank to get aboard as if he owns the joint !!!!!

Samos 10

17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Being a mouse in Pythagorio comes with serious hazards !!!!. The fishing boat had just arrived and an orderly queue was formed by the local cats waiting so patiently for the cast offs.

Samos 10

17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Todays moody shot.

Samos 10

17 May 2020
Jane Paulson
Tucked away, amidst all the greenery, one tiny solitary poppy.
Vessel Name: Stiletto
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 33 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Gosport, UK
Crew: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
About:
We have been sailing together for 13 years and have owned Stiletto for 11 of them. We have exhausted the Solent and the South Coast and all the other usual passages: West Country, France, Channel Islands etc. that are available from our home port of Gosport. [...]
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One life, love it, live it!

Who: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
Port: Gosport, UK