June 16- Trizonia to Oxia

Sleepyheads

Sleepyheads

It was the second longest crossing of the cruise, we had a couple hours left in the Gulf of Corinth and then from the Gulf of Patra 35 miles to the Ionian Sea. So the day in pictures.

The girls always got up last so Alicja and I got in a couple of photos in the morning. They complained during their naps when the boat was listing due to strong winds that it was difficult to stay on the top bunk.

We stopped for a swim near the mainland close to the town of Nafpaktos, which is only accessible by small craft and home to a castle. In Greek legend, it is the place where the Herclidae, the descendants of Hercules, built a fleet to invade Peloponnesus. In reality it was the Athenians chief naval station in Western Greece during the Pelopnnesian War 431 – 404 BC. After being held by numerous different people the Venetians took control over it in 1401 and fortified it so well that it withstood a four-month siege by the Turks in 1477. It was sold to the Turks, recaptured by the Venetians and in 1829 returned to Greece. The castle was built by the Venetians.

After our swim we entered the harbor of Nafpaktos to explore the town. I searched high and low for baclava, but my mission was unsuccessful, who would have thought that it would be so difficult to find baclava in Greece? I did however, find Gelato.

Nafpaktos - Note the castle that takes up the top of the hill.

Nafpaktos - Note the castle that takes up the top of the hill.

The Explorers
Alicja checking the defenses

Alicja checking the defenses

Nicole the forward scout - Yes that is a cannon.

Nicole the forward scout - Yes that is a cannon.

After leaving Nafpaktos we sailed under the longest suspension bridge in Europe the Rio-Antirrio Bridge planned in the 1990s and built and finished just in time for the 2004 Olympics it connects Greece to Peloponesse. It is 9,448.82 feet in length (2,880 meters) and has six lanes. Finished August 7, 2004, one week before the opening the games the first official people to officially cross it were the Olympic torchbearers.

The Longest Suspension Bridge in Europe

The Longest Suspension Bridge in Europe

After Nafpaktos we had lunch, Greek salad, an eggplant dish with zuccinin, after we met up with Thanos’ brother we had zuccini at almost every meal and an egg dish that was very interesting.  We caught quite a good wind so although we could be up on the bow for a bit, we were running at about 6 knots so we had to stay in the back part of the boat.  We had left the town around 2:00 p.m. and we sailed until 11:00 p.m.

Alicja driving

Alicja driving

On the night of June 16, we were scheduled to stay in a bay near the deserted island of Oxia.  The last part of the journey we were going very quickly and the boat was listing far to starboard (right) I had to sit port side and brace my feet against the other bench.  Actually we were all port side with our feet braced and then when we tacked and changed direction we had to shift sides and brace the other direction.  We sailed into the sunset and then into the bay where we had dinner and where we would stay the night.  It was very dark and you could see the stars perfectly.  The bay was home to glow in the dark plankton and while I was downstairs Thanos stirred the water to make them glow.  But the girls had decided to go swimming and when Nicole jumped in it was like she was surrounded by this glow.  When she moved her arms like she was making a snow angel it looked like she was angel.  They said that when they saw them through their masks they it looked like they were surrounded by glitter.

Sailing into the sunset

Sailing into the sunset

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