To sail in the Ionian, one needs to fly into Preveza a small airport on the mainland of Greece very near to the island of Lefkas. Our yacht share is moored at Sivota which is a charming little village with a beautiful bay is also on Lefkas; a taxi ride takes about fifty minutes.
If India is my second home then it can be said that Greece is my third. My first visit to Greece was as a teenager with my parents in April 1963. I will never forget the sheer beauty of seeing the country beneath me from the aircraft that brought us from India. We were leaving India upon my parents’ retirement and very sad. However, looking down on that clear Spring early morning there was Greece beneath us. I visited Athens and the Peloponnese before tourism to Greece had even become popular. When we first visited the Acropolis and the Parthenon the Caryatids were the original not clever copies with the originals in the wonderful Acropolis Museum! Greece with her clear light, sunshine blue and white entranced me and the love affair has remained. We return as often as possible and are now very familiar with Athens, Thessaloniki, the Peloponnese, Halkidiki, and then the beautiful islands, the Ionian, the Cyclades and Crete. I love the Greek cuisines and as for sailing in Greek waters – sheer bliss. There much more yet to explore.
We visited Crete on a press trip in the third week of October and were enchanted. The weather was warm and sunny and we had the opportunity to see a lot of eastern Crete having flown into Heraklion. We were centred at Agios Nikolaos which is a lovely town with beaches, a lake, smart shops, nice restaurants and heritage. Crete is a lovely island and indeed cradle of western civilisation with so much to see and learn from, and we long to return in the Spring for the famous spring flowers and all the fresh blossoms and colours of spring.
In early October Graham and I flew out to Preveza from Manchester to arrive at Nidri where we had arranged to sail for a week. The Thomson Airlines flight was trouble free and we transferred to Nidri which is a town on the coast of the island of Lefkada or Lefkas in the Ionian group of Greek Islands.
Visiting four of the Cyclades Islands has been an immense pleasure; Greece to which I first came 50 years ago will always hold immense charm for me and this time visiting Milos, Sifnos, Los and Paros was hugely enjoyable.