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Our Wakes: 2021

Preveza to Santorini and Tinos: (May to June 2021)
The start of 2021 was again a journey as many roadblocks had to be overcome before we could  travel.  The spread of Covid could not be stopped so authorities tried to limit the spread of the  virus by limiting everyone’s ability to travel. Getting on a plane to Greece was a  complexundertaking as you needed to complete various forms ( PLF, negative Covid test result  less than 72 hours old etc…) as well as a mandatory quarantine of 1week upon arrival. We were  well prepared and the flight on the 15 of March went smoothly. After our mandatory 7 days  quarantine we could finally board Terus. We found the boat in good condition and no surprises on  board.Our first priority was to reinstall the gearbox that was repaired by the technician during  the winter. We also asked the technician to check the heat exchanger to make sure it was clean.  New batteries were needed as the existing ones were 7 years old and did not keep their full  charge when not used. But the big job was the replacement of all the water pipes (cold and hot  water). The job had been delayed for 2 years but now the pipes were giving the water a very bad  smell and replacement was a must. It took us 5 days of work to complete the job as some pipes  were difficult to reach.  By the end we had replaced 70 meters of pipes. Once completed we  disinfected the taps and since then the water that no longer a disgusting  smell. We also had  noticed a leak of oil at the level of the bowthruster and after having removed the propellers we  realized that during some maintenance in Ragusa the base of the bowthruster had been damaged  by the angle grinder they used. Of course they had covered it up and now we needed to replace  the base of the bowthruster.  In order to try to limit the spread of the Covid virus in the islands, all boats were prevented  from sailing. It was only on the 15th of May that the restrictions were lifted.  On that day,  Terus was the first boat to be put in the water and stayed a few days in Preveza to supply the  boat, before setting  sail towards the south. We wanted to go ASAP towards the Cyclades  islands before the Meltemi season (a strong kind of Mistral that blows frequently in July and  August). Due to the fact that the Corinthe canal was closed we had to go around the  Peloponnese, but we only stopped briefly in the ports of Kyllini and Kyparissia. A UK friend of  ours who is a big supporter of Brexit had told me that those 2 harbours have nothing to offer.  He described them as two white elephants paid for by the EU and no longer maintained by   Greece. I would say that his definition is quite correct. After having spent one night in those  harbours we could continue towards the east. We enjoyed a nice anchorage in Methoni and  Elafonisos before passing around Cape Malea, which can be dangerous. Luckily, we had a pleasant  sail and later reached the port of Monemvasia that we know very well. After a few days, we  sailed at 4am. to the Cycladic island of Paros where a   friend was waiting for us. Paros is an island with plenty of beaches and nice anchorages. We  rented a motorbike and visited several of them, especially the ones on the east side of the  island. From Paros we decided to move towards Santorini. In 1620 BC there was a huge volcanic  eruption and the whole mountain blew up. All we can see today is a ring of a few islands that  were part of the original volcano. Luckily the eruption was preceded by a lot of warning signs and  people left the island in good time. We could attach Terus and our friend's boat to a buoy in the  old crater. Today, when you are in the middle of the caldera where the volcano once stood, it is  difficult to imagine that such a huge mountain could explode and fly up into the atmosphere.  Today, Santorini eruption is still one of the most violent eruptions known to mankind. Everything  is now quiet and seeing the caldera with the white houses on top is a unique view and explains  why this place is one of the most popular spots in Greece.  We really loved this place and the limited number of tourists on the island was one thing we  really appreciated. After Santorini we had to start moving northwards as our children were  going to join us at the end of June. We were still 250 km away from the meeting point. Not a big  distance if the winds are favorable. And luck was on our side. The Meltemi was not yet active so  we could even stop at some islands for some sightseeing. We stopped at Ios island  for the night.  It is said that Homer   was born on this island and he is also buried here. We did not visit his grave but continued  towards Koufonissi, then Delos. Delos island is located not far away from Mykonos but in the 6th  century BC it was a very important site. The island is only 3.5 sq km, but it had enough water to  sustain the lives of 5,000 people. It was considered the birthplace of the god Apollo. There used  to a big temple dedicated to Apollo there, but today only ruins remain. The island is classified by  Unesco as a world heritage site. Delos was at a certain time also a  place where slaves were  traded. In around the 1st century AD, the island lost its glory and slowly became covered in  vegetation. The site was  completely buried in vegetation in 1864 when the archeologist  redicovered it. The excavations revealed the importance of the place and one remarquable  discovery was the alley of lions. Originally, 9 lions were lined up on either side of the way to the temple of Apollo or  Artemis. Today, only 5 lions remain. Two more have been moved, one to the museum of the  island, and the other to Venice in 1716. The remaining 2 are missing and nobody knows their fate.  On the archeological site you also discover some remains of villas with some beautiful floor  ceramics. They are protected by the guards because some tourists have no scruples and do not  hesitate to take away a souvenir with them, which is of course, strictly prohibited. After Delos,  we moved to the island of Tinos. This island is very interesting as it has some unique features. It  is not on the classical tourist circuit; mostly only Greek people visit it.  On the island, there is  the church of Panagia Evangelistra which is a very important pilgrimage destination. So I   would advise you to visit the place when there are no religious festivities. In 1822, a nurse had a  vision and discovered an iconic painting  of the Virgin with the child. The painting is said to have  been painted by the apostle St Lucas himself.  Soon it was discovered that the icon could heal  people and people started to visit the painting hoping to be cured. In 1915, when King Constantin  of Greece was severely ill, the government sent a boat to bring back the painting to place it in  the king’s bedroom. His condition improved rapidly once he had kissed the painting, and Queen  Sofia gave a sapphire that was added to the icon to thank the Virgin. Today, from the harbour  to the basilica you see many women crawling on their knees up the hill to the church. The  distance is about 200 meters and a carpet is placed on the road for them to crawl on. Many  women who cannot conceive hope that this will help them. Inside the cathedral you will see a lot  of silver gifts to the Virgin. But Tinos has more to offer. A lot of villages on the hills called  Choras are worth the visit. To visit them you can easily rent a motorbike and from there you  have a beautiful view of the sea. In the middle of the island there is a landscape made of large  volcanic blocks. The village of Volax, located next to it, is beautiful and quiet. One thing that  surprised us was the texts written on the doors of some houses. In the end, it turned out that a  local artist offered to ornate the   wooden walls of the houses if the owners agreed.  The texts are nothing special, but certainly a  curiosity of the village. When leaving the village we found a little stall selling some regional  products.  We discovered a special herb called Kritamos. The plant grows not only on sandy  beaches in Tinos, but also in many other places in Greece and Europe. For our lunch, we stoppedin  a taverna and they had added this plant to the salad. It has a unique sweet taste. If you can buy  this herb that is preserved in a vinegar solution you have to taste it as I am sure you will like it.  As we continued our visit to the island we came upon some houses decorated with little  triangular motifs. In the past, during the Venitian period, it was good to show your financial   health by having a dovecote with a lot of doves. If a big event had to be celebrated, serving  pigeon was highly appreciated.  Tinos also has a marble museum that explains in detail not only how important the  marble industry is for Greece, but also how the skilled craftsman carve the marble in the past.  Today, this hard job is now totaly mechanical and requires many fewer workers then in the past.  After Tinos, we stopped briefly in the harbour of Andros island before going on to the west site  of Eubee island (also caled Evia) an island of 160 km that is located next to the Greek mainland   and looks like a sea horse on a map.
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