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DARDANELLES (ANZAC MEMORIAL) … SOUTH OF ISTAMBUL, TURKEY …. APRIL 2011

My rough idea of a near-future itinerary … is to arrive in Croatia late June and visit my younger daughter on Kefalonica Island (Greece) … near Corfu (MAYBE) … then onto Croatia.  I cannot legally come back into any EU country before early October (a long Visa story!) BUT, I’ll keep you informed!

Re passage of the Gulf of Aden etc.  Yes … you couldn’t possibly consider a Red Sea journey now and maybe not for many years … until the Yanks clean-up the pirates in the Arabian Sea.

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* DOGS LOVE ME! *

In leaving Lipsi Island (Greece) I have sailed to Pithagorion (Samos, Greece) … Kusadasi, Turkey … Ayvalik … Cesme … Yenilimana … Ayvalik … Babakale … and have strolled north to Canakkale, in the Dardanelles (about 150 nmiles SW of Istanbul). I’ve met the `Mother-of-my-Daughters’ here for a three week tour north to Istanbul … although we won’t have the time to go that far.

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* A PROUD TURKISH FISHERMAN! *

I’ve had my first trouble with one of my GREAT little 9.9 Yamaha outboards! It seems after much cleaning of the carburettor and other things … that I need to have a diagnostic computer put on the motor to tell where the electrical trouble is. I cannot get this service in Canakkle and must somehow struggle against the outgoing current and NE winds to get to Istanbul for this service.

Bugger, there’s always something … but, these little motors have been just great.

My computer also crashed south of here about a week ago … but, I have been VERY lucky in finding someone in Canakkale who was able to do major surgery on it. I now enjoy Microsoft `7′ … and all the attached `Works’! Still need to settle them in though and learn how they work.

My pained jaw (absess, maybe?) has settled down pretty well, after a heap of anti-biaotics … and I’m thinking I may call back through Lipsi in 5-6 weeks and have a gorgeous Dentist work on it.  Only trouble is … I wouldn’t have a Visa????  Maybe I wont?

ooOoo

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