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Recuperating in Athens

Off the boat, into a hotel

sunny 36 °C

Friday July 16th- Left Poros early. Rough night of sleep… amazingly HOT! Got underway and the breeze was blowing out of the north and it was Soooooo windy and cool! Efcharisto (Thank you) God!

We anchored at an island where there are wild Peacocks, Goats and deer roaming around-very tame- while you swam on the beach- it was quite weird! The goats had the long curved horns, and the deer may have been reindeer of some sort- the antlers were fatter than the deer we have at home. Peacocks were standard type- the goats and deer were eating watermelons- they grow wild here on some of these islands. The downside with the windy winds was that we had to pull anchor earlier than we would of liked b/c it was driving the boat too close to the rocky cliffs. The kids were not at all happy about that! They had made friends with 2 girls from England and were collecting hermit crabs right out of the water. They loved looking at the wild animals. There was greek music piped in from the tavern/café. But we left and drove the boat into winds that came directly at us for 3 hours to get back to Athens because our boat was due back tomorrow morning at 9am.

I took the kids over to the city beach and Steve cleaned up the boat and checked it over with the rental company…. Got ice cream and steve made dinner and we sat on the boat and all had a nice final boat dinner together. Kids all got their fingernails trimmed up and Sara and I painted ours- our skin from being in the very salty (much saltier than the atlantic coast) and sun, was dry and cracked. Toenails and toe skin was splitting and cracking, so a nice pedicure is in order!! It was wild watching the water dry on the kids skin- they are so brown, but the salt crusts to their soft baby fuzz hairs on their bodies, they look like they had been powder sugared! All their hair is completely blonde, including eyebrows and the tips of eye lashes… Steves hair is getting tipped blonde too- mine has gone reddish and is in poor condition! OH well!! Thank goodness I work in a salon- major overhaul when I return!
So now sitting on the boat in the marina- craziest thing – cars drive down the piers (fast)- and park in front of their boats- diesel gas trucks come right over to your boat to fill your tank as well as water trucks… other strange things unlike home- people walk up and down the Athens beach with backpacks of cold beer and sodas for sale, and merchants carry around big plastic boards with their jewelery, sunglasses, hats, floaties, etc… for sale and come right up to you and try to sell you things- it’s like a Sunsations sales person with samples of all their wares roaming the beach like an umbrella to umbrella salesman. Anything goes- there were people smoking weed on the Athens beach, naked kids running around, but everything was very much under control… so different than the states.

Posted by sandlb107 05:33 Archived in Greece Tagged family_travel

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