We had a stressful night here in Spring 2011, with gusts up to 50 knots, but happily this time only up to 10 knots!!
Actually all this past week, we have been experiencing light winds, so 'Mr Volvo' has been used ,more than we would like! But ....at least we have been able to sleep well in calm anchorages such as Ormos Palaio, (below) and Ormos Kremmidhi just north of MONEMVASIA..
Likened to Gibraltar, Monemvasia (see 'photos') is a huge rocky humpbacked island connected by a causeway to the mainland. The interesting old fortified village of Byzantine origin, has a myriad of cobbled streets meandering to the many churches. Rebuilt by the Venetians, a stopover here is a DEFINITE MUST!
Heading west, it was best to stay well away from the endless cargos and cruise ships .....so so many! Amazing....never stops!
Bruno was thrilled to catch a small shiny tuna fish, but enough for 4 delicious decent meals!
In excellent conditions, we then passed by AK TAINARON, at the southern end of the MANI Peninsula, and dropped our anchor just before CAPO GROSSO at YEROLIMENA....a small village built under sheer cliffs, which were surprisingly all lit up at night, absolutely splendid.
The villages in this area are mainly built in the 'Mani' style of architecture...grey stone houses built like small towers with small windows.
Below is a pretty chic looking hotel just opposite us.