Rewind. 1974. Greek cruise ship Queen Anna Maria. Yes, that's me at 13 meeting the Captain, at the Captain's Dinner. (I made the purse I'm carrying, and check out the camera!) From the moment I set foot on the huge 1-city-block-long ship, I was hooked. We sailed to Bermuda, but I loved the boat more. Who wouldn't, with its 5 swimming pools, movie theater, midnight buffets and more!
Fast forward to 1985. I'm married now, to a Greek, and his dad has a marvelous boat that I first encountered (below) while harbored in Ventura, California (minus its top which was removed quite abruptly when the moving company transported it from New York to California and forgot how tall it was when going under a bridge!)
Fast forward again to 2014. Ferry boat (photo at right) to Andros island in Greece. My husband and I have been taking ferry boats to various islands in Greece since we took our delayed honeymoon there in 1986, and then lived in Athens for 4 years! Greece has 6,000 islands, of which 237 are inhabited. I've visited 20 islands over the last 28 years, 18 inhabited, and 2 uninhabited. (I'll give you the full list later in the post!)
If you visit Greece, you have to go on a ferry boat just for the experience! Check out my Spiritual Sunday post, Safe Travels. You haven't completed your driving adventures unless you've backed up onto a ferry boat--yes, I've done it, though on this large one, my husband was driving and the boat was large enough for cars to turn around inside! That's him in the 2nd car on our arrival at Andros.
So, here's my husband picking out our yacht! I've been to (in no particular order): Rhodes, Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Moni, Santorini (including Nea Kameni), Corfu, Zakynthos, Siros, Delos, Mykonos, Tinos, Samos, Kalymnos, Spetses, Skiathos, Skopelos, Kos, Andros and Evia. My dream vacation is to sail to all of the other 5,980 islands in Greece. After that, maybe I'll continue sailing elsewhere in the world!
What's your dream vacation? Let me know in a comment below!
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