Thursday, May 31, 2012

swim08: Friday Sunrise Swim


This is the blog entry for day 8 of our SwimTrek holiday on Friday May 25 2012 ...


The last short sunrise swim involves a 05.30 rise for a 06.10 start:


Agata has the video camera!


We are all very happy we made the effort



Fiona bravely swims under the arch




Jane




Apparently Phil can in fact swim!


The team leaves the water for one last time together



We need to change quickly, there is a ferry to catch




Time to Leave for Naxos

Waiting for the Ferry to Naxos







Goodbye Koufonissi



Wait, we recognise that sailboat


We see Aki for one last time.   He's been a very competent skipper for the week



Agata gets a fantastic present  (zoom into Carol's shoulder)





In Naxos we think we'll walk our rucksacks to the left luggage




Yes; one last, and rather large meal please




Emergency Apple recharging at Athens Airport after our flight from Naxos




Several hours later after: another flight, a train, a  metro, a bus and then a walk we arrive home just before midnight.






Just one more thing: we have a lot of photo editing and sorting to perform!


Links
Picasa web album for today

swim07: Thursday Swimming Holiday

This blog entry relates the holiday events of Thursday May 24th 2012 of our Greek swimming holiday.


This is the last full day of our SwimTrek holiday, we are a little sad already.


 Where are we going today?

Agata braves the wind




Morning Swim - Keros






Swimming along the side of Keros was not mysterious to me  (sorry Phil!) but great great fun.   Also, some caves to explore.




Lunch on Board

Satisfied customers


Afternoon Swim





Although short in distance; for our last afternoon swim we were challenged with waves and finally rain


Evening Presentations



Marcus collects his T shirt video

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

swim06: Wednesday Pani Koufonissi



This is the blog entry for day 6, Wednesday May 23rd 2012 of our Swimtrek swimming holiday....


Greece's times is +3GMT whereas the summer timezone for Switzerland is +2GMT.  So this means it was relatively easy to get up at 07.00 and check the water conditions ..






Oh no choppy i.e. white crests on the waves


In such conditions our swim from the Koufonisi to Keros had to be cancelled.  :-(


Instead we made a mini crossing to the nearby Kato Koufonisi and then swam south west along the coastline








Marcus video Diary


As the top graphic shows this was just over 5Km.








As the swim progressed the waters got choppier but I was not concerned about that!


Marcus had to pee!  And so I had to make an emergency pitstop on board Aki's boat, then back into decidedly choppy waters to complete the 5Km swim



Finally we finished, all safe and sound


Late Lunch
 Phil checks him tummy


We all get a drinking




Running around Koufonisi
After a small nap Marcus and Agata decided to run around ... the island:


Google maps pointed out only a few roads on the island but hey we know about walking paths too.   Come out of the Paradise hotel we decided to go around the edge anti-clockwise.  Notes for potential runners



  • About 10Km and took us about 80 minutes
  • Follow the lake path
  • In the above diagram the bit that sticks out top right - you cannot easily runaround
  • Then we struggled to find a path and ended up running in fields and over walls.
  • Keep at it and you will eventually rejoin a road
  • This leads you to a path to the left of the rubbish tip which is very smelly and on fire when we passed
  • More climbing/jumping over Walls
  • Then meet another road on island edge
  • Goes down to port
  • Run past port and then back to hotel paradise resort









Dinner at Captain Nicolas




After a large lunch I promised myself a small or zero dinner, however I just could not resist it!


Time for a stroll around town


 We always like to check out the Churches


 Fiona showed off those shoes


 Phil was taking fancy pictures




Marcus checked out the religious merchandise


Another great day, what can I say!


Links
Marcus Video diary for Wednesday Swim