Summer 2017


We’re now in our winter home and settling in to winter chores and exploring the area. Our time in the Ionian took us from Messolonghi for an overnight stop on Ithaka then on to Vlicho. We decided to make a single passage across to our winter home in Italy rather […]

To our Winter Home Across the Ionian Sea


Our third canal with Emerald (we’ve also been through the Kiel and the Caledonian) took us from the Aegean into western Greece and the Gulf of Corinth where we paid visits to Galaxidi, the island of Trizonia, Patra marina and Messolonghi. We took advantage of east winds and added Delphi […]

The Corinth Canal and Gulf


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The Saronic gulf forms the western edge of the Aegean, nestled inbetween the Athens coast and the north Peloponnese and nudging up to the Corinth Canal. Our travels took us from¬†Porto Rafti to the Corinth Canal via Temple Bay, Poros and Epidavros where we got to soak up even more […]

The Saronic Gulf



Volos to Porto Rafti via the Chalkis Bridge and Athens Our travels took us from Volos and down the Evia Channel with stops at Likhadon, Ormo Amirou/Atalantis, Politika/Mnima and through the Chalkis Bridge. A few days in the marina at Chalkis gave us an opportunity to fix our broken throttle […]

The Evia Channel and Athens


Two weeks in Volos – a trip in the hills on a little train, a drive to Meteora, industrial history, tsipouro and views from Makrinitsa. We ended up staying 16 days on the breakwater wall in Volos, much longer than originally intended. Some days were taken up with rainy weather, […]

Lots of Fun in Volos


We had a great few weeks in the North Sporades, visiting the islands of Skyros, Skopalos, Alonnisos, Peristera and Skiathos. We filled our time with swimming in the beautifully clear water, exploring ashore, catch ups with friends and some much needed relaxation with no need to be rushing on anywhere. […]

The North Sporades




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Little Boxes on the Hillside A song kept popping into my head as we headed north from Bodrum. ‘Little Boxes’. The coast is dotted with thousands of white cubes tumbling down the hillsides. They’re summer homes and holiday villas, but we wondered how many of them will actually have people […]

Bodrum to Didim – the Coast of Little Boxes


Pamukkale and Heirapolis June: Our second inland trip took us first to Pamukkale to visit the travertines and Roman ruins of Heirapolis. The drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale took about 3 hours, passing through some lovely countryside. Most of the roads were quiet and well made, although there were sections […]

Turkey Inland Part II – Pamukkale and Aphrodisias



We didn’t fully intend to go into the Gokova Gulf when we did. Ours summer plans were all over the place and changed daily, but on leaving Knidos we’d intended to head over to Bodrum and decide from there whether to head inwards or not. The wind had other ideas. […]

Gokova Korfezi (The Gulf of Gokova)


We’d lingered a little longer than expected at Orhaniye. It wasn’t any problems with the boat that was keeping us there, it was just so difficult to leave – good holding, good shelter and plenty to keep us having fun ashore. But eventually came the day we upped anchor (and […]

Around the Datca Peninsula


Cappadocia – Three Days in the Land of the Beautiful Horse Turkey is such a vast country with some amazing inland sights and we were really keen to see the other-worldly landscape of Cappadocia. During our summer cruising, we don’t get to do much inland travel. Usually it’s because finding […]

Cappadocia – Three Days in Fairy Chimney Land