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Only private boat in Palio

After a nice downwind sail to Nisyros we moored alongside in Palio on Nisyros just in front of the lovely taverna Aphrodite. We are the only non local boat in this nice harbour. Normally it’s hard to find a spot even going stern to.

Now we will do an excursion to the active vulcano with my favorite quad from Mike‘s Eagles Nest rentals before we will return to Kos tomorrow.
Location:
Paloi Nisos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Birthday at my favorite bay

I planned a big party for my 65th birthday, but f... Covid-19 did not make it possible.

So there will be only a great dinner cooked by Nomiki at Ilias Taverna in Palionissos.

If anyone wants to come for dinner tonight, you are invited. And don’t worry, all mooring buoys are free and available (except mine of course).
Location:
Kalymnos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
4 - moderate breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Playing Backgammon

Today we arrived in Pythagorion on Samos. Almost no tourists here, so Antonis has time to play Backgammon with me. By surprise I won 5:2!

He already asked for a revenge for tonight:)

No problem as we are moored right in front of his taverna next to Gregorys Bar at the waterfront of Pythagorion.
Location:
Pythagorio Samos
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
SE

First catch of 2020

On my way back from Arki I passed by the island of Lipsi when suddenly my fishing gear started to release line.

I caught a nice 1.5 kg fish, which will be nicely barbecued tonight for dinner.
Location:
Samos Sea
Position:
Destination of the day:
Palionissos
Heading:
192°
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
0 - calm
Wind direction:
W

Lots of space in Lipsi

When you approach Lipsi in June the town harbour is always crowded. This year the only four boats went alongside, which is normally not allowed.

Now I am really looking forward of having a terrific dinner tonight at one of my favorite places: Manolis Tastes
Location:
Leipsoi
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
W

First trip in 2020

Finally my 7 day covid-19 quarantine came to an end yesterday.

So for the next 5 days I will do a short round trip Kos-Kalymnos-Lipsi-Arki and back, just to see the difference from previous years.

At my trip today I did not see one private boat and as I was told by Nomiki from Taverna Ilias here in Palionissos Lady Soul is the first international boat in this bay in 2020.

It was quite strange to approach such an empty bay, as it’s been always overcrowded.

So I will enjoy the tranquility and try to have my first swim of the season at 23 degrees.
Location:
Palionissos
Position:
Motoring
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
SW

Finally back to Lady Soul

As Covid-19 is not only restricting our daily lives, I experienced the impact on traveling over the past 2 days.

First it was incredible to see Munich airport so deserted. Only one food place was open and no waiting time at security.

The most amazing handling of this crisis was managed by the Greek authorities. After arrival at Athens airport there was a well organized Covid-19 test directly at the gate. Then a bus transfer to a designated hotel, where I had to stay for approximately 20h to wait for the results. In the meantime Aegean airlines rebooked my connecting flight automatically.

The hotel was for free including 3 daily meals all covered by the Greek state.

Now I will have to do a self quarantine for a total of 7 days.

No problem as I still have a lot of things to do on Lady Soul.
Location:
Kos Marina
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
N
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