2017 Milena with Campbells & Bareboat Bora Bora travel blog

Palaiokastritsa Bay

Palaiokastritsa

Our journey to Palaiokastritsa

Gouvia Marina, Milena's winter spot

1. Jacques folding the sails

2. Jacques folding the sails

3. Jacques folding the sails

4. Jacques folding the sails

5. Jacques folding the sails

Mehmet varnishing the mast

Lunch: chicken "cleopatra" salad

Lunch: "cleopatra" salad

Lunch: tomato salad

Dinghy thru a part of Gouvia Marina, to the car

Gouvia Marina looking from the dinghy

On our way to Akoutiri and the monestary at Palaiokastritsa

.Akoutiri beach resort area

..Akotiri beach resort area

...Akotiri beach resort area

....Akotiri beach resort area

monastery at Palaiokastritsa

2. monastary at Palaiokastritsa

3. monastary at Palaiokastritsa; entrance

4. monastary at Palaiokastritsa: going into

5. monastery at Palaiokastritsa: staircase to entry garden

6. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; garden and bell tower

7. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; museum

8. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; lattice roof overnight walk was beneath

9. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; view from museum

10. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; walking thru more garden area

11. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; garden to view

12. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; what a view looking West to SW

13. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; resident cat

14. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; tunnel to the store

15. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; olive press

16. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; olive press

17. monastery at Palaiokastritsa; another resident car

Drive back thru Akoutiri to Gouvia; small little bay

Drive back thru Akoutiri to Gouvia: boat to the caves area

Drive back thru Akoutiri to Gouvia: little bay

The resort village of Akroutiri

The resort village of Akoutiri

Dinner in the salon: Jacques homemade mnousaka with monastery Palaiokastritsa wine


The weather forecast for today is not good. Lots of rain, and possible thunderstorms later today and tonight.

The temperatures are cooler, as Jacques races against the clock to ready Milena for his departure, and for the forecasted bad weather. Just after breakfast this morning, Jacques and Marina took off for the airport, to add Nelson to our two flights on Saturday. (Corfu-Athens & Athens-Nante). What a horrid time they had dealing with departing and arriving passengers for the flotilla boats. Evidently the arriving passengers come in on Saturdays (yesterday), and all the departing passenger leave on Sundays. Massive crowds at the airport, can be o so tiring. According to the lady that was helping them at the airport, this is the last big haul in/out of Corfu, because tourist season is now over. Boy I hope she is right..... we are leaving in 6 days, on a Saturday.

The latter part of the morning, Jacques was busy folding for storage more sails. He had Mehmet doing the varnishing of the mast, and he was struggling with a very big and heavy sail.....

As Jacques was busy with his sails, and when Mehmet finished with the mast, the two of them folded, and put the big sail that Jacques was struggling with in a bag. I tried to help Jacques with the tugging of the sails from the starboard to the port side of Milena. It was obvious to Jacques and I that we needed the brute strength of Mehmet. Meanwhile Marina was in the galley making lunch, and refusing any help that I offered to give her.

Our lunch today, ended up being topside, because of a sunshine break in the clouds, and the successful baging of the large sail.

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Both Marina and Jacques were truly looking forward to this siesta. They both have been burning candles at both ends, to trying to ready Milena, and well as go through the tons of paper-work necessary for Mehmet to leave Greece. This is the 3rd day that have had to do something for Mehmet top return to Turkey. With all the terrorisms around, the Greek port/police/government are being overly cautious and not leaving Mehmet alone, until all of his papers have been cleared and accepted the the port police. Jacques is financially responsible for Mehmet until the 27th. The physical responsibilty of Mehmet is by a private agent, representing Jacques happens on Tuesday. (Sept. 26th). Mehmet officially is leaving Milena Wednesday morning (Sept. 27th). It is not Jacques' responsibilty if there are any problems, it is the agent hired, to make sure all is correct and in order.

Mehmet has had 4 appointments with various people at the port, and with the agent. Tomorrow Mehmet and the agent, with all Mehmet's papers, have to have an appointment with the port police. (This is a very confusing and lengthy process on Mehmet, but also Milena (Jacques), as well.

After a brief siesta Jacques asked:

"Robin, I go to the Palaiokastritsa Monastery --- do you want to go?" Jacques asked

"Of course, yes!" I said

We took the dinghy thru Gouvia Marina, to the car.

We now on our way, NW away from Gouvia Marina, going across the middle of the island to Palaiokastritsa

. The monastary is just above the resort town of Akoutiri. After about 40 minutes, we arrived in the area of Akoutiri

After a few minutes, we started to ascend on this little unmarked, narrow road, with no guard rails. Hopefully we do not meet another car. The we saw it:

It was in this little store that Jacques decided to buy a couple of bottles of monastary wine to have with dinner.

The last time we bought wine at a monastary was a Ste. Margarite, opposite the entrance to View Port, in Cannes. That wine was horrible tasting. What made it even worse, I bought 4 bottles -- at 40EURO each

Today, this wine was much more reasonably priced -- 5 EURO per bottle.

The day was beginning to dwindle, and Jacques was becoming concerned about his preparation of masaka for dinner. Carting the clinking wine bottles back to the car, we ended back to Milena.

Forty-five minutes later, we were in the dinghy, motoring our way thru the maze of boats in Gouvia Marina, back to our waiting Milena.

As soon as we board Milena, Jacques was instantly in the galley, beginning to make his magnificent Mousaka, which Marina saw the wine,opened the bottle, and we had a wine hour.

About an hour later, with a huge smile on his face, he placed his treasured mousaka on the table, and Marine began cutting and serving. This is the finest mousaka I have ever had!!!

We finished the entire dish! No left overs! My goodness Jacques makes out of this world mousaka!

Of course, after over eating, Jacques excused himself, and went to bed.

"Thank you Jacques for the wonderful tour and the out of this world mousaka!" I said, as his closed the little cabin door behind him.

Hollywood at the movies, coffee and after dinner drinks -- the perfect ending to a wonderful day!

Nite nite

Xoxoxoxo

Palaiokastritsa

Παλαιοκαστρίτσα

The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The rock in the sea visible near the horizon at the top centre-left of the picture is considered by the locals to be the mythical petrified ship of Odysseus. The side of the rock toward the mainland is curved in such a way as to resemble the extended sail of a trireme. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.

The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The rock in the sea visible near the horizon at the top centre-left of the picture is considered by the locals to be the mythical petrified ship of Odysseus. The side of the rock toward the mainland is curved in such a way as to resemble the extended sail of a trireme. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.

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