Over in the town this morning, naturally, I could not resist checking out this 'Aussie' campervan.....
Such a pleasure to meet Jenny and Ewout, a delightful Dutch/Australian couple from Adelaide.
We most certainly enjoyed chatting with you both
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Imagine.... NOTRE ANNIVERSAIRE de MARIAGE ....18 JUIN 1992...(even though we had been together since Novembre 1979!)
We were married at the Town Hall, Mandelieu/La Napoule, south of France, where we had our Restaurant opposite the chateau for 10 years...'La Maison de Bruno et Judy'...(not very original!)
Carmen and René, our dear friends were with us (unfortunately René passed away 5 years ago).
Biba, my very precious friend, kindly came down from London ....we had such a fantastic fun time together ... thank you for the memories!
Marc, a Frenchman, our close local copain, made up the 4 witnesses. We were very discreet.
However, What a day ...
Wedding at 10.30 am, ensuite down to our boat, at the time, 'Farmington', all decorated for the occasion..Stripped off into swimmers and we were off....
Immediately setting sail to the islands off Cannes, anchored, and the champagne flowed non stop, plus loads of delicious goodies to eat.
Back to our Restaurant at La Napoule for a very intimate 'special' late dinner, more bubbly and wine.....so spoilt we were!
Perfect day ...!! Merci my Bruno .....!!
Writing with a surprisingly excellent free wifi connexion, anchored well off the small town of Petalidhion...not far from KALAMATA...our destination for tomorrow.
I REALLY TOOK SUCH A LOT OF
PLEASURE ADMIRING THE BARS AND BISTROS IN YIALOVA....WELL DONE....GREAT EFFORT BY ALL...
WE WERE SORRY TO LEAVE, BUT TIME TO CONTINUE OUR ROUTE ...
Which photo to choose? I took so many of this 'extra' special night ...Friday 13th June 2014...glorious golden pink sunset (as we had for 3 nights running)
Followed by the most incredible vibrant full moon rising rapidly from the east....perfect!
How lucky we were!
We had a fun couple of hours sailing 'scissors' with the wind directly behind us heading to Pylos. But finished off with a HUGE electrical storm..lightening, thunder, heavy rain (perfect to wash down the boat). Fortunately it all cleared before our arrival, but the lightening over our heads was pretty scary!
Here we are, yet again, anchored in Ormos Navarinon, famous for the historical naval battle in 1827. Pilos was mostly built by the French after this battle and there is a certain French influence here with the elegant buildings built around the large square.
However, tonight we are further into the bay off lovely Yialova, all alone, as we prefer....safely anchored in 4 metres.
Our windlass will be happy.....
We may remain here a couple of days, as very little wind on the programme until Saturday.
Ensuite >> Methoni, Koroni, then Kalamata.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN....Ithaca and Cephalonia...'Pacific Pearl' is safely tied up alongside the quay in SAMI, as in 2011...BIG BLOW announced for Tuesday, up to Force 8.
MAGNIFIQUE! We are so happy, as TOULON won the TOP 14 rugby final last night....!
Last match for Jonny Wilkinson ...BIG BRAVO!
Bruno is in his element....We have experienced wonderful sailing conditions ...north westerlies up to 25 knots....therefore, with our clean bottom, we have been flying along 8 - 9 knots, 'practically' flat seas help also.
Strong wind warning for Tuesday, up to Force 8, so we will possibly stay put..or move around to Argostoli tomorrow?
According to Homer, ITHACA is the island home of ODYSSEUS.
Like Ithaca, CEPHALONIA, is rugged and steep to, with Mt Nero at 1600 metres, the highest in the Ionian islands. Cephalonia is also the largest of the island group, covered in beautiful pine forests running down into the shimmering deep blue seas.
'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', a 2nd World War history tale, written by Louis de Bernières is centered around this island...a must read!
In ancient times, Cephalonia formed part of the kingdom of Odysseus and archaelogists have been able to find evidence of the ancient sites, as there exist here in SAMI, where we are spending a few days. Very attractive position with the green wooded slopes directly behind....lots of walking possibilities.
Tragically, in 1953, a major earthquake demolished every town on the island, except FISKARDHO, where lovely 19th century buildings still exist, restored and repainted in delicate pastel colours. See photos 'blogs' 2011.
The village is therefore very attirant for the visitor, and the port is packed every night from May until end October. Obviously 'tourist prices' are used!! We won't visit again this time round, other interesting sites on our route. ...