Yesterday we had a four hour plane journey, followed by a three and a half hour coach ride to Poros, a river taxi over the water to the island and finally a taxi ride to the boat, so we fell into bed at about midnight. Now did you really think I was going to walk a mile in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees when there was a boat to sail and a cool blue sea to swim in? I did walk around Poros in search of lunch provisions, but we were keen to sail our lovely 37.2 foot boat ‘Maria Kallas’ as soon as possible, so were the first boat in the flotilla to set off (in the wrong direction – but that’s another story). At our lunch stop we swam and snorkelled. Tom and Hugo swam to the nearby rocky land and climbed up the hillside. In a scene reminiscent of that wonderful Louis Sachar book ‘Holes
’, Tom found a giant onion growing at the the top of the hill, he clutched it to his chest and swam back to the boat. He then developed an uncomfortable allergic reaction to the ‘onion’, so we thought we’d better not risk putting it in our salad. Then off to Ermioni (Hermione) a small peninsula on the mainland, facing the island of Hydra. As soon as we’d moored the boat, another swim on the other side of the peninsula followed by an evening at a taverna with the other members of the flotilla.