Our sailing boat in its “towed” state
From the trailer, the craning stage…
and into the Greek waters, to stay there permanently…
Greetings from Corfu, Greece!
We made it! H and I arrived here yesterday in 3 pieces – the third piece is our tiny sailboat which we towed from our home in the south of France to Venice (8 hrs) then by 24-hour ferry to Corfu.”
“A grand achievement!”, he says.
A nerve-wracking trip all the way, eternally worried that the boat might “capsize” on the road or snaps off from our virtually decrepit car but we simply did it!!! Hurray!!
Each day i am learning few words of Greek and it’s free! Gosh, the Greeks are the friendliest people we’ve ever met! we’ve just been here for a while and we already made friends to most of the people we are dealing with – the boutique owner where i bought my (wedding anniversary) clothes, the barber shop where the hubby had his haircut (the 10 yr old son taught me how to count in Greek!), the pastry shop owner (mother and daughter who seem to recite the same introductory line everytime a new customer comes to buy their hmmm sooo lovely patisserie!), the coffee shop owner (where their spinach pie is to die for ….huh! we really feel very much at home here, the food is lovely, the people are so friendly and welcoming, the island is a paradise of flowers, blanketed with 400-year old olive trees which have been planted since the Roman times!!
And by the way, when I said the people here look like gods and goddesses, i really mean it!! Their good-looking physique and looks seem very godly – the woman with long flowing curly hair, very sexy shapely body (unlike the French who are almost bordering anorexism), perfect skin (despite the island continuously hovered by mosquitoes at night) and the men, muscular, dark, hairy arms and legs, black hair and the eternal pair of sunglasses…..put these man and woman together in a motorbike, and voila, you would think you’re in some temple of the gods!
We are actually living in our boat – boatpeople – you may say, but we’re not alone. we have, as neighbours in the water, other families from all over europe who own or charter boats here, instead of hotels, they live in the boat and go sailing every day. Yes, that’s what hubby and i are doing everyday, sailing off to some nearby bay, anchor and we have the whole Adriatic sea as our swimming pool!
I’m telling you, this is a different level of holidaying!
It’s so much fun, cheaper, and gives a very different perspective of the mountains, villages and resorts when viewed from the water. the marina has excellent (or shall i say 5-star) facilities, shower cubicles bigger than ours at home, unlimited use of electricity and water (goes with the annual mooring fee of the boat) and the atmosphere is kind of the “playground of the wealthy” type because who else could stay here than those who could afford to charter or own boats? Except that H and I are probably the odd ones out, our boat being tiny and nothing of the frills their boats are made of. But heck! we don’t care, we just love it!