“It's awesome. The concept is original, yet is how sea coaching happens in real life - to put it as a DVD package is fantastic.” Doug Cooper, Head of Paddlesport at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre
These photos were snapped in just two days as we paddled, first around Despotica, then around Antiparos. There wasn't enough kayaking in the immediate area to keep us entertained for longer, altough we could have ventured further afield, crossing to Paros and Naxos. Next time perhaps.
A kitesurf centre with b&b alongside (it's not a hotel!) and populated by kitsurfers from all over Europe. Leave aside the surfer-dude mentality, ability and physiques, all of which are somewhat intimidating, this id a genuinely nice spot. With good food in nearby Tavernas.
So we're staying, probably for another week, until it's time to begin the trek home.
As for the kitesurfing, I might be tempted. Although that old skiing injury is starting to niggle....
Posted Friday, September 18, 2009
This isn't a kayaking holiday, more of a holiday on which we're doing some kayaking. May and June are the better months here, as the wind is now a little strong. Still, we circumnavigated the island yesterday and a neighbouring island the day before. Longer trips are possible, including some tempting open crossings, but these would require more stable wind and weather so will have to wait for another year.
We rented two Prjon kayaks from Vassilis and stayed at his excellent B&B for four nights. Having brought an ultralight tent we were determined to camp and only just managed to do so last night at the end of our trip around Antiparos. The tent is a 'Rainbow 2' by Henry Shires and was needed to keep off the rain.
Now we're heading to the hills. We fancy a hike up the highest peak in the Cycladic Islands, Mount Zia (or 'Zeus'). We've two ferries to catch to get there and then a bus into the mountains.
We have no idea how long we'll be there. If the mood takes us we might continue on to Milos and more kayaking perhaps. We'll see.
It's nice to have no firm plans. Very unusual for someone like me, but extraordinarily liberating.
Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009