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Monday, May 28, 2007

VASSILIKI AND A DAY TRIP TO KEFALONIA

Sappho's Leap, Lefkada
MAY 26
Again, we were unable to get a boat to see Sappho's Leap and the beauitful beach we wanted to visit. Instead we decided on a day trip over to Fiskardo on Kefalonia. It was my third visit there -- a pleasant little port, mainly a tourist attraction and yacht harour. Fiskardo is named for a pirate who used to hide out here. It was the only village on Kefalonia not devastted by the 1953 earthuake. The buildings are all pastel colours, Venetian style. There's the remains of a Venetian castle and light houseon the cape which we intended to explore, but the sun was hot and we were not properly shod, so we decided to relax gy the sea and sip ouzo with a marinated octopus appetizer. (The Greeks never serve ouzo without providing a tastey side dish to accompany it.)

At least Ingrid got glimpse of Cape Lefkas and the lighthouse that stands where there used to be a temple to Apollo -- likely the one that Sappho visited before she plunged to her death off the high cliffs.

In Vassiliki, we are staying in a lovely new hotel, only 40 euro a night including breakfast, just a few meters from the wind surfing beach and the seaside tavernas that line the port. I'm quite fond of Vassiliki because of its un pretentiousness and friendly people. It's too bad we don't have time to stay longer and take advantage of the various boat cruises you can take from here. But today's ferry outing to Fiskardo was a pleasant enough replacement. Tomorrow we're off to Athens and if we get early enoug bus connections we ough to arrive there by evenin. It will be nice to be back at Chrstina's houe again, istting int eh shade of the courtyard and relaxing for a few days before we head off on another adventure.

NEXT: The long bus trip to Athens

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