The Amazing Marvin is visiting his relatives at the moment. He is at Zea Marina, a major base for the Sunsail and Moorings charter companies. This means that around 5 pm he gets to see Leopard 38s, 44s, and fellow 48s cruise by on their way to med-moor by the superyachts. We have seen very few catamarans so far in the Med, especially Leopards/Moorings, and now we are surrounded by them. Marvin is tipping his hat a lot here!
The Burnetts got to Piraeus, a suburb of Athens, via the Corinth Canal. It was their first canal transit! It is a very cool canal to transit, mainly because of the steep walls and the extensive history. It feels like you are going through a massive tunnel, with Athens at the end. Nero started it but left it unfinished, the French and the Greeks finished it (1800 years later), and the good ol’ US Army Corps of Engineers fixed it up after the Germans trashed it in WWII. Of course, when it comes to ambitious architecture projects, the Burnetts have learned to substitute the word, “Nero,” with: “6000 Jewish slaves.”
The Burnetts have explored Athens, including the Acropolis and the awesome National Archaeology Museum. The museum brings home the impact of the dark ages. Society can get amazingly advanced, with sophisticated art, science, and architecture, (and STYLE — Wow! the Mycenaeans!) and then a bunch of people with better weapons and no respect for culture comes by and then, WHAM!, time to start over in 1000 years.
Speaking of the threat of an impending dark age triggered by stupidity, those who don’t follow our BurnettsAhoy Facebook page might not know that Mel recently got an article published on KevinMD, a doctor website. It’s all about how sailing has helped her not hate her job so much, but it’s also about the many, many flaws in the way medicine works in the US. This article is here, if you feel like a downer.
If you feel like an upper, check out our pics!