We sailed past the bustling little city of Prevaza into the Gulf of Amvrakikos, looking for sea turtles and a home for Shalona for the winter. The shallow waters of the gulf provided a different sailing atmosphere with plenty of wind but no sign of the turtles we had heard about. David really like the idea of the shelter of a gulf for Shalona's safety over the winter when he didn't plan to be there watching out for her.
It was a longer sail than we had anticipated to get to the sleepy village of Vonitsa. We were able to back into a slip at the only town pier, and saw a small assortment of the usual sailors: British, French, Italian. And a few boats that looked like they had been there for years, untouched and shabby. Nevertheless, Vonitsa seemed to be off the tourist trail and its sleepy vibe, with a mostly Greek population, was refreshing after the tourist towns we had visited before.
The wind was forecasted to rise with the possibility of a storm, so we stayed for a few days. Got what turned out to be the cheapest dinner we ever had in any country there. With wine and appetizers it was only about nine Euros for two people!
David really liked the spot for Shalona. It was free and relatively sheltered, and although it was quite a way from the airport at Preveza and remote for things like boat parts (he planed to spend time living on the boat doing repairs at some point) he thought he could make it work. But we had more to see, and when we left, after the wind storm quieted down, I was glad to keep exploring. My time in Europe was getting short!