One of his brainwashing methods was to tell me about all the great experiences he had cruising and racing in Europe and the fantastic places he has anchored at. Since we recently did a post on some of our favorite anchorages in New Zealand, I thought it was only fair to let Scott share some of his favorite spots in Europe. He has a lot of favorites, so keep an eye out for another installment.
Guadianna River, Between Spain & Portugal
Broadhaven, West Coast of Ireland
This one made Scott's list because he has a good chuckle every time he thinks about it. Scott and his mates went in search of a pub that was supposed to be located on the opposite side of the anchorage, which you got to by climbing a hill and cutting through a cemetery. It all seemed too hard so when a tractor came by and asked them if they wanted a lift, they said sure. The driver lowered the hydraulic lift with a basket on it, the guys hopped in and then he raised the basket again and drove along the small road in the countryside leading to the pub. As they rode along, folks came out of their houses (which were set a ways back from the road) to wave to the guys as if they were cruising royalty. They made it to the pub and had a great time and probably too much to drink. The entertainment of the evening was listening to the 80 year old lady, who owned the pub, tell them dirty stories. Scott doesn't seem to have a picture of this anchorage. I imagine there might be a correlation between lack of pictures and the number of pints he consumed.
Isola Vulcano, Aeolian Islands (North of Sicily)
Scott's reason for including this on his list - "Who wouldn't want to anchor in the shadow of a smouldering volcano?" Well, I wouldn't. There seems to be enough volcanoes which erupt and surprise everyone, why take your chances anchoring near one that is already smouldering? But it is supposed to be the chimney of the god Vulcan's workshop, so that probably makes it worth anchoring near.
Coming up in the next installment, anchorages in Italy, Croatia, Madeira and Scotland. Just thinking about all the places Scott has been sailing without me in Europe makes me a little jealous, I must say. Maybe we'll have to head to Europe next?
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