Friday 04 December: Paxos
C is the sun rising that we leave Corfu. Need us 5 h 30 of navigation to the engine to reach the island of Paxos, 27 more miles South . We throw the anchor in Lakka Bay in the northeast of the island. Paxos is famous for its coves with turquoise water, its impressive cliffs and its centuries-old olive groves. In high season the pleasure boats clutter bays, but in the winter we have only the embarrassment of the choice to anchor.
The village seems asleep. Most of the houses, Hotels, stores, bars and restaurants are closed pending the tourist season. A few small brightly coloured fishing boats wait alongside the wharf. We meet more cats than humans!
The few people we see pass as in a silent film in slow motion. They are watching us from the corner of the eye... their face brightens momentarily to discreetly meet our "Kalimera" and they continue their way.
We walk on the rocky hills covered with olive trees and cypress trees... with at the bend of a path the ruins of a tower from where the view is magnificent on the indented coastline and the deep blue of the Ionian Sea.
The typical postcard of the Greece!
This is a little ambience qu’ He reigns in winter. It is hard to imagine the activity of the high season with tourists everywhere and full of boats Bay.
The camera is ready, courage Philippe you honor.
Then a little fresh is not!!! I encouraged him as I can.. "promised after I go"
Finally once in water it is good... told me: "21 ° C - as in Britain in summer". Not enough to motivate me!
Tomorrow we will go a few miles more to the South in the port which is the main town on the island. We hope to find more activity...
Sunday 6 December: Port of Gaios
Paxos is at the bottom of a Bay closed by an island. The port is a well protected from all winds. Our nautical guide indicates that 'ferries and excursion boats constantly enter and leave the port"and"summer, the pier is crowded"... but Tao is the only boat in motion.
In the northern part of the port a few pleasure boats wintering in the middle of many fishing vessels and the long municipal dock is desert.
This season there is nobody to collect port fees... so it's free. It is handy to be able to put his boat in the "city centre".
Another sailboat docked at Wharf. Can ' be are we not only to sail in Greece this season?
It's lunchtime and Philippe has that desire it is eating a Gyros typical Greek – pork meat grilled in a PITA with the tsatsiki (cucumber with yoghurt), tomatoes, Salad, onions and French fries. A little heavy lunch in perspective!! We do a little tour and the only place where there's world on the terrace is a bar on the edge of the dock. The server explains what he did that pizzas... him there 2, which means it's the frozen. Too late to go on only.
We meet Peter , an Englishman who has his yacht to dock for a few weeks due to engine problem. We sympathize quickly and just have a drink on the boat the same evening. It is in Greece for a few years and gives us a lot of information about the next places where we want to go. May be that we recroiserons.
Tuesday 8 December: Anti-Paxos
It is particularly hot and this time above the water is too tempting. I agree with Philip, who already explored the surrounding area with mask and snorkel.
It reminds us of the Polynesian Islands.