This lovely anchorage was right next to a fantastic setting of the well defined ruins of the city: 2 theatres, temples, the agora, city walls and main street steps plus a lot of artifacts dating back to 2nd century AD. Because of the size it was very impressive. Our next and last stop in Turkey will be where we started, D-Marin in Turgutreis where we will officially check out of Turkey.
Turkey was such a special place to visit and a wonderful cruising area. We are leaving with very fond memories of the wonderful people we met, the impressive ruins and the beautiful scenery.
The store front
View of Knidos lighthouse
We cleared out of Turkey in Turgotreis. As it is mandatory with an agent we called the same woman who helped us clearing in. Roland thought 70 € for 20 minutes work was a little bit to much. But she showed no mercy, and said all agents charges the same. After clearing out we got a nice sail to Lakki on Leros.
We arrived to Lakki once again and the first order of business was clearing back into Greece. What should of taken 30 minutes took approximately 2+ hours. First to the Port Authority which went fast but then gave directions to go to the Civil Police department in another village for their stamp.
Roland showed up with a NEW Greek Entry Form he printed from the internet and when he presented it to the Civil Police, there was immediate chaos and phone calling. They had not seen this form. Finally they filled out their part and stamped the paper but then realized they stamped the incorrect date. Roland thought the police officer who did this would cry. As this was a new form, they did not have any. So the police drove Roland back to Bella Luna in the police car so he could print out another form. A young police officer who was the driver had just arrived to the island 3 days prior so Roland had to give him instructions to drive to the village where we were moored. New papers in hand and back to the police station for the right date stamp. The police Captain decided he wanted to ride along on the way back. The whole experience was quite funny and entertaining. We did get a recommendation for good restaurants on the island from the Police Captain as we will be here for several days. The clearing in procedure did not cost anything in Greece as we already had a DEPKA.
The next day while at a gas station buying gearbox oil, a Greek man approaches us and asks if we are from Sweden????? He use to live in Sweden and his late wife was Danish. His name is Alex and he is known on Leros because he holds the record for catching the biggest Tuna, 250kg.
His boat was behind the fuel station where he keeps it for the winter. It is a small motor boat and he has it equipped like a true professional that he is. He use to fish crabs in Alaska and lived in Seattle so we had much to talk about. Alex also lived in Japan for some years. He set us up with some fishing gear that is guaranteed to catch us fish in the MED. We have promised not to spread his secret! He was a very interesting character that you could listen to for hours. At 80 years old he is still going strong and has a great outlook on life. He loves to go out fishing on the days he is inspired and play his classical music on his wonderful stereo system. The Dolphins always come and visit him as they love the music too.
This morning walking to the bakery, I saw a new crowd of refugees sitting on the dock next to the Coast Guard boat. They were attempting to enter Greece via a inflatable boat and when they saw the Coast Guard boat they sliced holes in the boat so they would have to be rescued by the CG. They will be processed and then released to their own accord but will be informed they can only stay within the EU for 6 months.
Further down the street what I thought was students playing as they prepared to start school was actually a protest that I got in the middle of and knew immediately this was something serious. I later learned that they were protesting to have a teacher removed from the school. Seems the teacher loves animals and frequently when she sees a stray dog or cat in the street, she leaves the students and goes out into the street to rescue the animal. The kids were successful in their protest and the teacher will have to leave her position within one week. Unfortunately in the process of the riot the kids did do some damage to the school property.
We have now arrived to the north end of the Leros Island where the Artemis Leros Boat yard is located and where Bella Luna will spent the winter until we return in April 2015.