Closing The Loop
It was in Paxoi (Shown as a Yellow circle), in the Ionian,
that we closed the loop that we started 2 years earlier.
In 2004 we left Brendisi, Italy (Route shown in Green) and sailed to Paxoi, our first stop in Greece.
In October of 2006, we returned to Paxoi (Route shown in Red), ending our 2 year odyssey
of the Eastern Med, which included:
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
Blue lines indicate inland trips by car.
Zakinthos (aka Zakynthos)
Flash Pics of Zakinthos
Lefkada (aka Lefkas)
Vlikho Bay (aka Velcro Bay)
The Canal in North Lefkas
The Bridge for the Lefkas Canal
Salty Characters of Lefkas
Flash Pics of Lefkas
The Island of Paxoi
Marks the Close of Our 2 Year Circuit of the Eastern Med
Lakka Harbor, where we spent 2 1/2 hours trying to anchor (8 attempts in all) .
The scattered blue lines identify the various places in the harbor
where we dropped our anchor and dragged. Most of the harbor to the
south of the shown boats position was weedy and for whatever reason, we just had
no success in making our anchor "stick."
The solid patch of blue around the red boat identifies the movement of the
boat while at final anchoring spot. Some of the blue is from the
actual motion of the boat while some of the blue can be attributed to the
error in our GPS signal.
Watching the Weather
While sitting at anchor in Lakka Bay, we collected weather data (Oct 15,2006) to
plan our crossing to Italy. As you can see from the two satellite pictures, a system was
forming over the western side of Sicily and in 7 hours it had developed further. The leading edge had
now passed over Sicily and was on its way towards us.
By midnight the system had deepened (1008) and was continuing to head
our way (Yellow Cross.) Although the intensity of this picture is less
than the one above, thunderstorms were being predicted with gusts
5 to 6 (Beaufort Scale) and increasing locally, which is the meteorological
way of saying - if your out at sea, expect the worse.
Almost upon us - 6:45AM Local Time. Note that the
main body of this system will be passing to the
south of us. We will get the northern fringe.
And finally, by 7PM, the system deepened, expanded
and missed us (Yellow Cross). However, Gale force winds and
Thunderstorms were forecasted for the affected areas.
Glad we weren't there.
Corfu Old Town - Kekira
Karen, Bigger than Life, Pointing out Highlights of Corfu
Fort - Corfu
Google Earth never ceases to amaze us wrt the photographic detail we can get.
Seen here is the Fort on the north side of Kekira (Old Town) Corfu. This Fort is right behind Karen's
left shoulder in the top picture for Corfu above.
The Island of Corfu
Dakare can be seen in the middle of the eastern side of the island.
Karen at a local Corfu Cafe in Old Town
Dakare's Location at the Gouvia Marina
Scenes From Corfu
Additional Scenes From Corfu