We wake to a below decks temperature of about 30 degrees C. The day is long, and the sun always shines. Its heat begins to build from about 8.30 am and pumps furiously till about 5.30 pm. After then, it eases back a little and if you're onshore, that's when people begin to circulate, heading for the beaches and the bars. No-one thinks of eating until well after 9 pm. I'm not interested in food much beyond tomato, cucumber and sweet onion salad. That's becoming a bit of a problem for us when we're at anchor, since I'm the cook. The sun's hot shadow trails late into the night and it's not till midnight that exhaustion opens the way for sleep.
|Fishing boats return to port early in the morning at Mesolongion|
|Early evening on the town quay at Galaxidi|
|The sun sets over the Gulf of Corinth|
Alex's mission in Piraeus, where we are docked for a couple of nights, is to get the Magna barbecue in working order - I tell him it's what I need to kickstart my enthusiasm for cooking dinner. We're missing vital fittings, and the gas bottles have to be filled (gas and gaz - now there's a language barrier that needs to be crossed in the Med). He's just come back from scouring the ship chandlers around this seedy old port town. Alex loves to shop, and he's pleased with his tidy haul which includes replacement Lewmar blocks amongst various other treasures. Piraeus, he tells me ominously, is our last "Euro" town before Turkey. After that, where will I buy camomille tea bags?
|At Rion, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge spans the "waist" between the Patras and Corinth Gulfs|
|Light wind sailing|
If there is one place where you wouldn't want your engine to fail, it's in the Corinth Canal (we still think like that). But it didn't, and that little shortcut has brought us through into the Aegean Sea. From here, it's only a few short hops to the west coast of Turkey.
|We follow a freighter into the Corinth Canal|
|Motorists wait for the submersible bridge to open after we've entered the canal|
|Alex steers Enki in a straight line|
|The Aegean is at the end of the 3.2 mile canal|