This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Corfu, Greece

We had all really been looking forward to our day in Corfu, where I had booked us a private boat tour with Nautilus Daily Cruises, so we were quite disappointed when we got on deck and discovered that it was rather windy.  We had no choice but to carry on regardless, so after breakfast we walked to the pier to meet Iakis and his godson Alex, on board the Nautilus. 

Once on board the Nautilus we headed off for a nearby cave that is lovely to swim in, unfortunately with the wind that was blowing, it was too choppy to swim there. 

We then cruised around to the other side of the island where there was no wind (yay!) and beautiful azure blue sea and sky.  We stopped at the little village of San Stefano, where there were nice shops where we browsed and picked up a few momentos.  

Then it was off to another bay, where Iakis anchored and we quickly changed into our swimming gear and jumped off the boat for a swim.  It was absolutely lovely.  Calm, warm water, little fish swimming about... sea and sun.... bliss!  

While we all swam, Iakis cooked us the most delicious lunch on a barbecue on the back of the boat.  

I couldn't believe the quality of food he produced for us!  First up was a dish of the most delicious baked feta with gorgeous homemade bread.  Mouthwatering! Hot on the heels of that he brought around a cheese saginaki - basically a fried halloumi-type cheese, served with a squeeze of lemon juice... divine!....and tzatziki, all enjoyed with the lovely bread.  Then came the seafood....  the most delicious kalamari - some of it stuffed, some plain and, my favourite, the hugest, juiciest king prawns imaginable, served with a lovely fresh salad that had a light but oh-so-tasty dressing.  Dessert was baklava, it was yummy.  To drink we were served copious quantities of ouzo, as well as our choice of beer, soft drinks and a delightful wine produced on Iakis' family's vineyard.  

Just picture all of this, enjoyed on the deck of a lovely boat, on the most beautiful blue, calm, ocean, with the sun shinning down on us and two delightfully friendly hosts looking after us.  It was a dream come true.

We stopped in another bay for a final swim on the way back to port. 

What an amazing day!!  We have all voted this day the highlight of our holiday.

Back on-board the Equinox we prepared ourselves for formal night.  It was fun to see everyone all dressed up.  

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