July 15, 2010
We sailed the whole 2.5klm over to Greece from Turkey….A stones throw.After a unreceptive (non)welcoming party we pulled up along the town wall of Kastellorizo. we had followed in a couple of other yachts for some reason had decided that they should have all the spaces on the wall. There were 2 spaces left but they got into the ear of the restauranteur and he waved us away. After insisting that we would be coming in we were reluctantly given a slight hand…mind you not by the other yachties which is really unusual..least to say we did not feel very welcome. This is a shame as there is no water here no power and no friendliness…We are not planning on staying long.
Dinner was the norm Calamari Fried and greek Salad…A very hot night was had and not much sleep due to not wanting to put the generator on and disturb the people eating. Kastellorizo or if you are Turkish (Meise) is a pretty harbour a little like Symi but not as glamorous. There is a very nice hotel Megisti that also is a very decent swimming hole. You can swim anywhere in this harbour even right off the restaurants it is so clean.
Spent the day taking a hike up to the Grand stair case to the church and then on to the Paliokastro on the otherside of the island.. It was a rather hot 2 hr walk… The Military presence up on the top of the mountain was very real. I came across some camouflage painted bunkers that looked like they were ready for action….took some photos???? oh crap now there is a sign NO PHOTOGRAPHY! Too late! I then stumble across an outpost where there are men with machine guns a ready…… I am lead to believe they are vigilant due to the closeness of Turkey and they are very aware that they are far from the compatriots. ok I head back to the church and down the stairs..
Kastellorizo is full of Australians due to the large amount that immigrated in the war.. This little island has faced some real hardships even an earhquake in 1944 which wiped out the town and you can still see the ruins everywhere. A huge amount of Australians all 200 of them which make up 4 5ths of the entire population are starting to put money back in to Kastellorizo
I have often wondered what the three charms together consisting of the anchor,the heart and the cross? wonder no longer it is the symbol for Kastellorizo
Too hot hear we leave for Kalkan