My morning starts with getting the weather forecast for the day, walking Bengy my Greek sheep dog and then the 15 minute motor in the tender south into Vliho Bay, and to the bakery owned and run by Harri. As those who have stayed with me at ‘Luggering about in the sun’ will have experienced, the bakery is a real treasure; there are numerous mentions in past clients' reviews of his pastries and especially the Spinach Pies, all made on site. It’s just brilliant.
Stephen and Emmie arrived late afternoon on Sunday 28th September, my last group before the final boat clean and getting the equipment ready for storage over the winter. They are here to have an initiation into Sailing for Emmie and a refresher course for Stephen.
As when all my groups arrive, we meet initially at the Gialos Taverna for a cold beer and a Meze lunch, before settling into whatever accommodation has been selected, be it a Villa, Geni Garden Apartment, Stella Apartment or, as it is for Stephen and Emmie, an Apartment at the Gialos.
For their first day yesterday - Stephen’s Birthday - it was an accompanied motor over to the bakery, then onto the small supermarket at Vliho for provisions. After a late breakfast we had an initiation into the Lugger Paxi, this taking place in Vliho Bay itself. Then with myself on board we motored out into the channel and headed south to a very small bay which is favoured for swimming and snorkelling.
Stephen and Emmie will finish their blog in a week or so to give you an update on their experience of Luggering about in the sun. So please stay connected to the website and read their review.
Today is 1st October, and I awoke for my early morning walk and my trip across the bay with the sunrise in a temperature of 22 degrees; as I write this blog this afternoon it has topped 29 degrees!
Just remember to consider a late break sailing in 2020. The weather is fantastic out here in the Greek Ionian and the crowds have gone.