After the stormy weather of the Medicane, we settled down into the life of wintering over in Lefkas. The days are crisp and sunny and the nights quite chilly with very heavy dews. We are getting to know the town, finding the best place to get bread, fresh fruit and veggies and which κρεοπωλείο has the best cuts of meat. Lefkas has all that we need but if the shopping bug strikes (a non-existent event for me) there are buses to the bigger towns of Prevesa, Athens and Thessolonika.
We haven’t explored too much so far outside of the necessities but now that we have crisp, sunny days instead weeks of gray dreary ones, we have taken long walks around the lagoon and explored one of the old forts dotting the island and mainland.
|Windmills and grasses around the lagoon|
|The beach on the Ionian|
|Ottoman influence at the main gate|
|Ruins of the old fort with the marina and hills of Lefkas in the background|
|The fort walls looking out into the Ionian|
|The Mammon of religion|
There are also plenty of social activities with the other yachty liveaboards. Unlike in Marmaris, Turkey where the wintering over community had dwindled over the years from a high of 500 to about 4 people last year, there is quite a large community living on boats here in Lefkas Marina. The majority of liveaboards are British but there are several Swedish, German and French sailors staying for the winter. There are also three or four boats with children living aboard.
A large British ex-pat community lives here in Lefkas in addition to liveaboard yachties. Most have had years on boats and now have bought a little house on the island. Others have small businesses while living a simpler island life. We met one Australian woman running a chandlery who grew up not far from Canberra and her parents have retired just down the road from us in Bellingen – such a small world.
The centre of social life in the marina is the Porto Cafe and Bar. Tuesday afternoons is the Knit ‘N’ Natter where women and children gather over a warming cup of tea or hot chocolate, have a chat and gossip and take the opportunity to relax over our latest knitting project. Wednesday evenings is the Quiz Night which draws a large crowd. The questions are often quite British-centric and we colonials and the Swedes will complain but it is all in good fun. There are guitar lessons in the common room and singing lessons at the Irish Pub.
|The Porto - centre of social life at the marina|
|Knit 'n' Natter on a sunny winter's day|