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We’ve been mixing it up the last week or so staying in the busy and not so busy anchorages and harbours of Kithnos, Dokos, Hydra and now Poros.

sunset in Dokos bay, Greece

Sunset in Dokos bay, Greece


As much as I love waking up to total peace and quiet (well, until the kids get up), mirror like waters and the opportunity to go for an early dip it’s equally as nice to wake up just a croissants throw from a bakery and hobble over in my PJs to pick up some treats. I’m thinking that in the next life I’ll start up a mobile bakery yacht and go visit those backwaters and make a mint.

We spent the days before and including Ferne’s 6th birthday in Louttra Harbour in Kithnos. It was a pretty place absolutely packed with yachts and with the added bonus of a hot spring. No sooner had we arrived than we all nipped around to take the plunge.

Hot spring was the right word as the water flowing into the tubs was so hot you could only briefly dip your toes. There were however two tubs, one warm and one luke which could lie down in. After weeks of coldish showers with a hose or a jug it felt very luxurious to submerge in warm water. In fact, my exact words were: ‘I’m never getting out.’ I did though because the locals told us the waters were so therapeutic you should only be in for half an hour or all the good was undone. Fortunately frequent dips were OK so we dunked for three days on the trot including Ferne’s birthday which meant she also took in her new lilo and ball. Funnily enough we had the pool to ourselves that morning!

Mingo the dog

Mingo – top guest


After a few days, including one of rain (how dare it) we rounded to the other side of the island, spending a very bumpy and cramped night rubbing up against an Italian charter boat (not as fun as it sounds). Then we moved to a quieter bay of Merikha with beautiful aqua waters separated in the middle by a sandbank.

It was at this anchorage where we met a lovely couple and their dog Mingo. One bottle of wine lead to the very generous invitation of popping over to their boat to give Mingo a shampoo. I think the kids possibly enjoyed that more than him and even more so when it lead to us ‘borrowing’ Mingo for a few hours so we could ‘try out’ owning a dog (we’ve said we might get one when we finish sailing).

I can safely say Mingo was a hit as well as being the best groomed sailing guest we’ve had so far. After his salon treatment he was keen to blow dry in the breeze by sitting up front (in his lifejacket). The poor thing tried to act cool but couldn’t help looking over to his owners’ boat and pining for them – all this despite Ferne’s best efforts to distract him with the trail of dog biscuits she’d scattered all over Jade.

With promises to keep in touch with Mingo (and his owners) we left Kithnos and headed to Hydra about 30M from Athens. As we approached it was noticeably the least Greek looking island we’ve visited – with a more Italian feel to it and some very glitzy clientele in their super yachts and power boats.

We couldn’t fit into the harbour (perhaps in more ways than one) so we headed to an anchorage called Dokos which had crickets-a-plenty chirruping away on shore and flying fish leaping from the sea. It was so relaxing that we had a few rum and Cokes that night and the next morning’s swim was well-needed!

We are now in Poros which is a real stop off place in the yacht charter world. We’ve had Sunsail, MedSailors, a skippered charter company catering for 20-35 year olds (Alex and I both moaned that we were too old for that) and a guy starting up as an independent as neighbours. Just like every place we’ve been to so far, you always get chatting to your neighbours and it’s nice to get some feedback on the next place you’re going to visit or maybe not after you’ve heard the lowdown.

Sailing into Hydra

Sailing into Hydra

Being in Poros means that in a quick, five minute ferry trip you’re on the mainland which, in this case, has the benefit of the bargaintastic Lidl supermarket. I went equipped with Ferne and two wheeley suitcases to carry back the goods. Typically I got so carried away I had to ask at the checkout if I could borrow a trolley to get it all back. We drew some amused looks as I manhandled a wayward trolley down the main road and back to the ferry. Even more so as the ferry operator had to help me get it up the ramp and then back off again at the other side. That was only the beginning of the trouble as getting the stuff across the gang plank was a real balancing act (we were particularly careful as we’d we’d seen a guy fall off his a few days before).

Tomorrow we leave Poros in the direction of the Corinth Canal which is a kind of halfway point of our Greek island hopping. When we come out the other side of the canal and the stop offs en route we know we’re in a for a treat with Cephalonia and Lefkada as we’ve been before. However, it’s always the unknown that provides the most excitement and there’s always plenty of that…

Michelle x

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