So then we started the long bus ride from the airport to the harbor and of course the boat.
|Driving through the Corinth Canal|
|When you get bored sailing then have a leg fight with|
your cousin. You can guess who won.
|At Delphi high in the mountains|
Now you can probably guess where we went next but anyways we went to Delphi. Now Tutu (my Grandmother) would probably tell you a lot about the historic value of Delphi, but I’m just going to tell you the basics.
|Ruins at Delphi|
In the next place I talk of there is nothing historic that Ii know of but what happened to us was just too funny. It started raining one day and we just thought it was normal rain, but we were very wrong. After it rained we went out to go to town and then I said," Why is the boat red?" and then we all turned to look at it and well the boat was a reddish-orange color. Now after we went through the arduous task of cleaning the boat with salt water Tutu looked up what it might be. Well the weather site said that it was sand from the Sahara desert. Now of course your thinking what is the Sahara desert doing in Greece. Well I’m afraid I don't have an answer for you.
|Setting the asymmetrical sail during the|
passage from Corfu Greece to Montenegro.
First raise the 'sock' and then pull a rope to
raise the sock to the top of the sail,
letting the sail fly out with the wind.
I got to do all the cranking on winch.
|My butt and the set asymmetrical.|
|On night watch during overnight|
passage up Albanian coast.
|Where WW2 Nazi submarines hid in the mountain|
at Montenegro. Tutu made me wake up early so I
could see the old Serbian POW camp and these
|Montenegrin coffee = STRONG!|
|Black Lake with grandparents and cousin|
|Finding the perfect stones to skip across Black Lake|
|First part of Tara Canyon. Very narrow and|
|The island on right was man-made by local people|
back in the 1600s. There is a church built on it. We
drove the boat through that narrow cut.
|Drinking very strong coffee at the monastery|
At first we took several stops to get supplies for our 15 hour trip but after awhile we started stopping to take pictures of the the veiws of Montenegro's coast and of course the 2nd largest canyon in the world which is where our trip was based around. After about 3 hours of this we stopped at the first really interesting place. In this place priests sold honey and they sold this coffee that is very, very strong and grainy. Of course I had to try this coffee. But I mean this stuff is stronger than taking a swig of whisky. Also the cool thing about this place was that they powered themselves by harnessing the power of the waterfall that is right next to their church/monastery.
|On bridge at Tara Canyon.|
After that we headed to this historic bridge that was supposedly fought over by Germany and Montenegro in WW2. After that we ended our trip in one of the deepest lakes in the world -- Black Lake. We didn’t stay there long but it was very interesting just to look at it.
|Hard to see but a tall wall went straight up the|
mountain to a castle/fort on top. The main city
was inside the walls down near sea level.
This was an old Venetian walled city.
After our trip we came back to the city of Kotor. Now Kotor was once controlled by the Venetians in the 1400's. At Kotor there was a very long and large wall covering all the mountainside that looked quite impressive for something so old. But that’s really all I have to say about that. The Australian college guys who were on our canyon trip said it took them almost 3 hours to walk to the top of the wall and back down. No thanks!
To finish off this long essay about my trip here it is about the short time we were in Croatia. The only interesting thing that we did in Croatia was go to their capital called Dubrovnik. We went to Dubrovnik on what was supposed to be a pretty day but of course that was wrong. So we had to end our trip early because of the rain, but I'll still talk about what happened while we were there.
|Main street inside old walled city of Dubrovnik|
Also this alleyway was filled with birds that look like bats which was kind of interesting. After that we went to an ice cream shop and got ice cream because well we were all starting to get headaches, and you can probably guess from who. After that we walked around trying to find a phone shop but then it started raining and we had to leave.
That is the conclusion of all the interesting things that happened this summer in Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia.
Oh…a couple more things. One afternoon a bad storm blew through with winds over 50 knots. It was rough! Papa got the anchor up so we could get out of the anchorage and out to open water to wait out the storm. But somehow the rope on the dinghy got wrapped around the propeller of the outboard engine. The dinghy had been tied to the back of the boat while we were anchored. When Tutu started driving the boat after Papa got the anchor up, then the dinghy was dragged backwards. It filled up with water and the gas tank was outside the dinghy floating upside down.
|She did not help siphon but got|
in this photo anyway.
|Papa teaching me how to breathe using scuba gear.|
Then he showed me how to breathe underwater using this thing called an octopus. We only went down a few feet. We did this about 6 times. One time we stayed down several minutes. It was fun. Now I want to learn how to scuba dive.
Papa said I can learn when he gets the boat back to the Caribbean.