Friday, August 25, 2006

Walk/Swim/Sail One Hundred and Twenty-Three – Spetse via Hydra to Poros

Woke up early and was looking forward to illustrating Spetse again at dawn but Robin wanted us to set off very early so that we could stop off at Hydra (another beautiful but overcrowded harbour) en-route to Poros.

Hydra was very tiny with huge ferries coming in and out of the small harbour entrance. Yachts were moored up three out bow to stern. We luckily found a small space near the entrance of the harbour at the end of the stone jetty. The lead boat was moored up there – so we hurriedly deflated the dinghy that we’d temporarily stowed on top of the bimini shade (a definite beer fine offense!). However the valve burst out and Flo jumped into the busy harbour straight away to retrieve it. Fantastic reflexes girl! The lead boat were leaving but as they passed they warned us that an even bigger ferry was due in at about lunchtime.

We had a walk around the town. I visited a beautiful pharmacy with all the old wooden shop fittings with enamel labels on every drawer and big blue bottles at inside the cupboards. Donkeys were tied up at the quay ready to transport everything from supplies for shops to building materials, through the narrow streets. We had coffee and ice creams and I drew. We then thought we’d better set off.

Lots of huge ferries had been in and out of the harbour so we thought we’d probably missed the worst. We manoeuvered the boat beautifully out of the harbour and were just about to raise the sails in the harbour entrance, when Xavier couldn’t resist the temptation to throw Fluffy the bear overboard. We did bear overboard drill as the holiday would have been unbearable without Fluffy, only to turn round and see a humongously huge ferry bearing down on us. We quickly nipped into the small gap on their port side and waved at the Captain who was shouting a traditional Greek welcome to us from the bridge.

We anchored at Monastery bay on Poros for a swim before we came into the harbour. We had been giving the older children rides in a ringo (a doughnut shaped inflatable) trailing from the back of the boat and Xavier was desperate to have a go, so we thought that this was a place that we could let him try. He was fearless and shrieking with joy at the fun of the experience, while we all stood at the back of the boat ready to rescue him if he fell out. He was furious when we eventually brought him back in.

I’d like to tell you that I walked up the hills to get this view of Poros, but we caught a taxi to a hotel with a swimming pool to enjoy some water without salt and to see the view.

Click on the pictures if you’d like to see them larger. More pictures from this day on will be on my other blog.


Blogger Penny said...

Oh Julie, cant I pinch these and pretend I have been there? Oh dear one of my greatest wishes in all my life and I doubt I will ever see Greece except from a plane flying over the Acropolis at goodness knows how many feet in the eraly hours of the morning.

11:11 am  
Blogger Alison said...

Beautiful double page spread - what treasures to bring home from holiday as well as the memories. Xavier will enjoy reading about his antics some years down the track :)

12:55 pm  
Blogger Felicity said...

Gorgeous! I like the one at the top especially - makes me long to be there!

1:42 pm  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Spectacular! I love your paintings and your me a little vacation just reading them. I used to sail a lot when I was married and my worst overboard was a wonderful little camera that wasn't made any more and couldn't be replaced. Having gone through much hassle with getting glasses that are right (my prescription requires precision and labs have trouble getting it right) I appreciate your continuing saga with glasses.

6:09 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Penny, do feel welcome to. Alison, even though I missed the opportunity when my other children were younger, I'm glad I have at last got down to it for Xavier's tpddlerhood. Felicity that style was sort of an accident in Spetse (what I had in my pencil case and not knowing whether I'd have time to do more than a few lines) but I think it works with buildings so I thought I'd use it again.
Jana if I had a typepad blog I could have an entire category of postings devoted to eyesight and glasses!

4:57 pm  

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