My origins are half Greek and half Cypriot so it was clear that part of the summer would have to be spent saving the Euro - well at least injecting some Euros into the Greek Economy. Our choice was sailing in the Ionian sea.
For those of my readers who may not be so familiar with the Greek world the Ionian sea is the sea between Greece and Italy. It is graced by some of Greece's most beautiful and historical islands like Corfu and Ithaca.
Ithaca was the name of the island home of Odysseus in the epic Ancient Greek poem the Odyssey by Homer. The islands were settled by Greeks at an early date, possibly as early as 1200 BC, and certainly by the 9th century BC.They then went through a number of different rulers but finally became part of the Greek mainland. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip was born a Greek prince on the island of Corfu and Captain Corellis Mandolin took place on the island of Keffalonia.
So it was with great excitement that we set off from Athens to go to Lefkada to find our boat and our skipper. The rendez vous was in the Marina of the port of Lefkada and it is there that we were excited to see that our sailing boat was called IONIO - a boat of the sea we were to sail in. Our skipper Yiannis was waiting for us and after a night in the Marina we set off early the next day..