Friday, 17 March 2017
On the Sea
A small fishing boat (trata) returns with its early morning catch
Pumping out the bilges after two days of very heavy rain
A couple of yachties return to their boat by sail
I caught this couple as they set sail to return to their beautiful wooden sailing boat parked out in the bay.
K's fishing boat has been taken out of the water again this spring to have it's bottom scraped and painted.
The big car ferry leaves for Piraeus. An old photo. The big passenger ferry used to leave twice a day carrying passengers from the port of Piraeus to Aegina, Methana, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. Nowadays there is a passenger ferry two or three times a week in mid summer only and it stops at Poros and returns to Piraeus. Now if you want to reach Athens you can either go by the expensive but faster hydrofoil, across on the car ferry and overland by car or by bus from Galatas.
The roll-on roll-off car ferry from Poros to Galatas on the mainland. The car ferry leaves every half hour and takes trucks, cars, bikes, pedestrians and donkeys if necessary. A one way trip for us costs 7euro for the car, the driver and a passenger. Smaller cars are slightly less.
The service runs from 7am to 10pm. Don't have an emergency after-hours
One of the many water taxis which ply the passage between Poros and the mainland. They take only passengers (and dogs), the cost is 1euro per person and the trip is less than 5 minutes. Cheap enough unless you live on one side and work on the other.
The water taxis go all day and night though after midnight on a cold winter's night there might be one boat on standby and you may have to yell over the waters to get it to come across or call the Harbour Police for help.
The car ferry and the water taxis work all year round and the weather has to be more than gale force before they stop. A good blow from the north will send waves crashing into the wharf , flooding the harbour road and force yachts to untie and dash for the cover of open sea
Quite exciting to be 'cut off' but it is usually only for a matter of hours. The hydrofoils stop in a storm and you have to keep an eye on the weather forecast if you want to travel to Athens in the winter.
We're an island but only just but this gives us the best of all worlds. We have the island culture, the picturesque island scenery, the security of an island and yet the easy access to the rest of the country and all its amenities and rich history .