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Our Wakes: 2021

Journey to Kalamata: (Sept 2021)
After a few days in Poros where we met several friends,we decided to get closer to Kalamata  were Terus was going to spend the winter.Kalamata is located South of the Peloponese. We  passed numerous places that we had visited before such as Ermioni, Portohelli, Vivari and  Spetse island. However, we had not yet stopped in Astro harbor. In the past, this port  wasdifficult for private yachts as  charter boats blocked the harbor and prevented any visiting  yacht from stopping even for a night. Now with Covid, the charter companies have moved  their  boats and Astros was open to visiting yachts.  This place is well suited for boats that want   to prepare for the dry dock in Kilada located only 15 miles away. In Astros, the main attraction  is the beautifull beaches, there is lso a castle, but otherwise,there is not much to see.  After  three days spent in Astros, we moved 15 miles to the east  to the bay of Kolaida. A lot of boats  were moored in the bay as they waited for their turn to be hauled out of the water for the  winter. The reason we moved to the bay was not the Kilada boat yard, but the historical cave of  Fachti.  Excavations in the cave started  in 1967 and soon, the archeologist realized that the  place was much more valuable than initialy thought. At the entrance of the cave there are  several panels that explain the site. They found indications that the earliestsettlements  started  39,000 years ago. 18,000 years ago the sea level  was 120m lower than today and 7 km  further away from the current shore. 10,500 years ago the sea was only 2km away and the sea  level was only 50 meters lower. A vertical excavation revealed that there were 4 major periods  during which the cave was occupied, the oldest one being in the Paleolithic age. A lot of  artifacts have been found and are now stored in the Naplio prehistory museum. After this very  interestingvisit we moved to Monemvasia where we waited for a good weather window to pass   Cape Malea. We passed the cape at the end of September and arrived   in Kalamata 2 days later. As we had  flight reservations on the 23rd  of October, we had hoped  that we could do some sightseeing around Kalamat, but the many rainy days forced us to report  on this next year. The few sunny days were filled with preparing the boat for the winter, such  as lowering the sails,changing the engine oïl, desinfecting the watermaker, closing the thru  hulls, as well as numerous other tasks. We also installed several lines with strong  shockabsorbers to make sure the the boats would not suffrer any damage in the event of a  strong swell. On the 21st of October we took the bus to Athens. During our one day layover, we  decided to visit the Industrial Gas museum. It was located at the first Energy plant founded in  1857 in Greece  and it provided lighting gas that was used in the streets of Athens as well as  some private houses. The gas was produced by heating coal wich released around 20% of its weight in gas. In  1984,the plant was closed as electric power was so much more practical for providing light. The  site has now been restored and much of the machinery remains intact and it is easy to imagine  how harsh the conditions were for working in the plant. If today the plant was still active we  would be disgusted by the amount of carbondioxide produced  and I am very happy that coal is  no longer used to produce lighting gas. The machinery is very well preserved and illustrates  extremely well how much the industrial revolution depended on engineers. 
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