The goal is to die with memories, not dreams.

08 May 2017 | Jersey surrenders
08 May 2017 | Transportation off the island
08 May 2017 | The End
08 May 2017 | Liberation Day
05 May 2017
05 May 2017 | Mum and baby - lots of oooohs and ahhhhs
05 May 2017 | The welcoming committee
02 May 2017
02 May 2017 | Stiletto at anchor
02 May 2017
02 May 2017 | My late Dad - an enthusiastic caver - would have been in his element here
02 May 2017
02 May 2017
02 May 2017
02 May 2017 | Dubsy and Stiletto
02 May 2017 | Andreas and Dubsy go rowing! That could be a song?!!
02 May 2017 | And then it was all gone!!!
22 April 2017
22 April 2017 | Alderney "international" Airport
22 April 2017 | The Swinge from the beach

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
Time to leave and head back to Greece. The apartment looks lovely and we have totally made the right decision to take it back and use it as our bolthole. We had got used to living back on land with plenty of space and both of us were lacking in our usual enthusiasm to leave. We were sure though, that once we got going that would all change.

We had been hearing horrid stories of chaos at airports and at Dover with the ferries. Flights being cancelled at the very last minute and ferries not running.

Our Brittany ferry left from Portsmouth just fifteen minutes late but we sat in the queue at Venice for a total of five hours. You have to check in two hours prior to departure and despite the ship being in the port there was a three hour delay in leaving. It really was very frustrating as there was no explanation and certainly no apology - not even an announcement to tell us the ship was delayed leaving. We were all just left until suddenly the queue started to move and we boarded. We had also heard of ferries "taking their foot off the gas" because of the cost of fuel . This ferry was no exception and we eventually arrived 5 hours late. Again, no explanation. By the time we had driven to Athens where we would be staying for 10 days it was 7am and we were shattered.

We were staying in the family studio apartment, next to Andrea's sister's apartment and two floors down from Aunt Koula who has the penthouse with an amazing view of the Acropolis. Our time would be spent visiting with family and friends before heading back to Leros and Stiletto.

We also did "the touristy bit" and drove out to The Marathon Lake/Reservoir which is about 45 km outside of Athens and about a 10 minute drive from the location of the Battle of Marathon. (The battle took place in 490 BC during the first Persian invasion of Greece. The Greeks won !!!) It was constructed from 1926 to 1929 with high quality Pantelic marble and was the sole water supplier for Athens until 1959 when water was pulled from Yliki Lake, close to the town of Thebes. It has a maximum depth of 54m and blends perfectly with the natural surroundings. Its a beautiful spot.

We also visited Mount Lykavittos which at its highest point is 277m above seal level. This is reached by lots and lots of steps, culminating in a Funicular Railway for the last really steep bit. The view is absolutely amazing!

Muse for this post: £150 of petrol is £57 tax and £25 VAT which leaves the value of petrol at £68. So, a basic rate tax payer needs to earn £200 (roughly £150 take home ) to buy £68 worth of petrol !
Ever get the feeling we're being shafted ?

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
Top picture: This is The Sergeants Mess where we have our apartment. It is on a development which was St.Georges Barracks built in mid 1820's. Grade 2 listed, gated and very historic.

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
Oh yes.......we got married. It was Tuesday, it was the afternoon, we had nothing planned. So why not?!!🤗

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
We are well in the groove regarding driving back and forth. Empty roads and beautiful scenery. On this trip, still some snow on the mountains but the trees are starting to burst into life, the blossom is beautiful as are the vast expanses of rape seed.

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
Hotel Agriturismo Corte Foscara, Venice. Just the one night here - such a shame - the bed was ENORMOUS and free range chickens so if you like eggs, this is the place to stay !!!!

UK to Greece Road Trip

04 May 2022
Jane Paulson
This is Andrea's cousin Joyce and her husband Kosmas. Joyce is daughter to Aunt Koula. We enjoyed an Easter Sunday lunch of roast lamb in Koulas apartment and then a fabulous meal with them both down on the Athenian Riviera before we left Athens.
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 15 years and have owned Stiletto for 13 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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