After a 3-week vacation in Sweden, we are back on the boat in Messolonghi Marina. The Marina is very protected, as it is located in a delta with canal access.  It is a 10-15 minute walk into town, where you find all the provisioning you need.

Bella Luna in Messolonghi Marina

Bella Luna in Messolonghi Marina

We had an interesting trip from Athens airport to the Marina. When we left the boat we took the bus to Athens. It was a comfortable 3-hour trip.  Getting back, I arranged with the marina to have a taxi waiting for us at the airport, as we had three heavy bags.  It was an additional 50€ compared to the bus alternative.

Jim who was the taxi driver was waiting for us at the airport in his Skoda. We filled the trunk with our luggage.  Then he said we had to go to Glyfada and pick up 2 more passengers.  Vickie and I looked at each other, and understood this will be a hellish ride. I did expect a shared taxi, but not a car made for 3-4 people.

Five people in a Skoda for 3.5 hours with a dysfunctional AC,  in 35 degree C is not fun. Our Greek companions crossed themselves before entering the car.  We instead put on our seat belts.

Jim thought he was qualifying for a Formula One race, and was steering the Skoda with one hand in 160 km/hour and talking hands free on his phone most of the time. If he got a chance he snuck up behind every car he had in front of him.  10 m distance at that speed is not fun.

Relaxed driving in 150 km/h.

Relaxed driving in 150 km/h.

It was a big relief when we got to the marina after 3.5 hours!

Bella looked good when we got back and we got everything working within hours.

Soon we set off for the Ionian island before we cross over to Italy. We are looking forward to some nice Italian food.



  1. We will go to Leros and launch the boat after 2 months on the hard. I hope the fridge will work! ANDERS

    • Well if it does not work, you know how to fix it;-)

      A working fridge must be one of the most important equipment on the boat!

      I guess I do not have to go deeper in to that.



  2. ?…( at least you didnt leave any food in the fridge !!! ) Have a safe and fun time.. sounds like the taxi driver wanted to get out his anger on the Europeans that are doing better .. ?..


    • Hi Avi,

      Yes I know you learned the hard way how a dead body smelled in St. Lucia ;-)))))
      I also learned and emptied freeze and fridge before going back to Sweden.


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