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26 April 2016; Naples, Italy.

26 April 2016; Naples, Italy.

It was a windy passage through the Straits of Messina last night but it had one great advantage, there was not a fishing boat to be seen. They were all happily tucked away at home. Although I really would not know if they had been out there anyway as it was a National Holiday yesterday…   read more of “26 April 2016;…”

24 April 2016; Iraklion, Crete.

24 April 2016; Iraklion, Crete.

Today we were in Iraklion and blessed with sunshine and not too much wind, which made the docking of the Koningsdam a pleasure. The captain wisely decided to swing around in the port while the “going was good” = very little wind, and thus to be able to sail straight out at departure. If there…   read more of “24 April 2016;…”

22 April 2016: Aegean Sea.

22 April 2016: Aegean Sea.

Today we are at sea, as we have to cover the long distance between Istanbul and Rhodes. After departure yesterday at 17.00 hrs. we sailed through the Sea of Marmara and then through the Dardanelles again between 02.00 and 05.00 hrs. Now we are in the Aegean Sea heading almost due south until we will…   read more of “22 April 2016:…”

21 April 2016; Istanbul, Turkey.

21 April 2016; Istanbul, Turkey.

Most people set their clocks to wake up but this morning but they needed their clocks on a very early alarm to beat the local community as they helped out……… At 05.00 hrs. The loudspeakers went on and the local mullah called the faithful for morning prayers.  So  everybody was awake in time for their…   read more of “21 April 2016;…”