The complex is builded upon the two little islands in the lagoon witch name is Porto Lagos. Many visitors and pilgrims come here every day. Porto Lagos also have a wonderful view of the Thracian Sea ! These two little islands connected together with a large wooden bridge for the pedestrians and a second bridge which connects these islands with the shore.
In the first island there is a church with the name of Santa Nicolas . In the second island we see the little chapel of Virgin Padanassa in which chapel there is a special transcript of the picture that depicts the Virgin as the picture in the Holy Vatopedi abbey.
The lake around the Vistonida lake is beautiful and it’s under protection as a habitant with special birds. On the other hand the abbey is a special spiritual place for everyone.
Many people is gathered every 6th of December on the feast of Santa Nicolas. This place is located in highway of Xanthi – Komotini .
We took some time out to plan our return to the UK, we booked flights and then decided to hire a car from the airport in London that would allow us to visit some of our UK based pals, many of which we made, during our travels on Madison. So our travels will see a Madison Crew UK Tour with a series of 5 or 6 dates at venues across England before we drive north to return the car in Edinburgh. Obviously our tour dates are sold out (so apologies to anyone we don't get to see)!!!!!
Anyway the day of the boat lift came round quicker than we expected :-( and Madison was hoisted from the water by one of the cranes that normally loads the big commercial ships that often come into Porto Lagos and she now rests on a nice metal cradle in a fenced boat yard with 24 hour security cameras which we can check on the web, which will be reasuring.
The day of the lift I set to taking the rudder off so that I could remove the propeller shaft and hand it over along with my new propeller to the engineering company of Mr Petros Tsoukas (pronounced chukas). This is a family business in Porto Lagos who are really good. Their help has really saved us much time and effort.
We now have a new propellor ready for next season. It was a present to ourselves as today (26th November) is our 18th anniversary. It is exactly 18 years since we met in the Madison nightclub in Middlesborough.
The Tsoukas marine family are great and the prices they charge for wintering are so cheap that we would recommend them to any of our sailing buddies looking for boat storage. This is easily the best deal we have had since entering the Med and we are so tempted to head back there next year.