Holiday And Honeymoon
Sailing Greece And Turkey
On Crewed Yacht Charter In 2011
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What follows are verbatim log entries of year 2011 guests aboard the charter yacht T.G. Ellyson holiday and honeymoon sailing Greece and Turkey. To visit the TGE's home page click here. To examine various itineraries, such as Aegean Odyssey, prefacing these log entries, click here. For an introduction to the TGE's crew, click here.
Kusadasi to Gocek (Aegean Odyssey). Greatly enjoyed our sail; not only was it an excellent introduction to the Greek and Turkish islands, but it also felt very personal. It will never cease to amaze me the way people's faces light up when they see Captain Gordon. Not only were the islands fantastic but I still got a hands-on sailing experience while always feeling at ease and in good hands. Excellent ship and outstanding crew! Thank you very much. Nafisa Rawji, Holden, Massachusetts, June 2011
Kusadasi to Gocek (Aegean Odyssey). What a trip! I have never before been to either Europe or Asia, and this was a great first experience. I was very comfortable sailing with Captain Gordon. He is very experienced! Brigitte was a wonderful part of the crew! Always positive, she kept me fed and hydrated with peach juice (happy face). The dinners were delicious! Gordon knows everybody! His knowledge of the history of the islands is endless, and he usually has an answer to any question. I had so much fun these past two weeks. Thank you for everything, and for letting us sail the T.G. Ellyson. Much love, Toni Brewster, Gainesville, Florida, June 2011
Kusadasi to Gocek (Aegean Odyssey). My first experience of Turkey in summer and of Greek islands at any time. I feel as if I've journeyed through space and time, stepping into ancient worlds with the benefit of Captain Gordon's knowledge. Thank you for sharing your favorite places, people, and tavernas with us. I realize I'm a landlubber but this is the best way to see and immerse yourself in this sun-drenched cultural feast. I don't ever again expect to eat cheesecake comparing favorably with that of Nikos's mother at Arki. Brigitte, you kept me going in so many ways. I love you. Robin Van Liew, Holden, Massachusetts, June 2011
Kusadasi to Gocek (Aegean Odyssey). Poa Kabisa!! Mzuri Sana. Asante Sana. (Swahili) Trip Ranking: (1) Kumlu Buku, (2) Arki, (3) Ova Buku, (4) Knidos, (5) Selimiye, (6) Simi, (7) Kos, (8) Pandlei, Leros, (9) Gocek, (10) Pythagorion, Samos, (11) Ekincik, (12) Pali, Nisiros, (13) Kusadasi, (14) Loryma. Average based on beauty, dining, swimming, ruins, and amenities. Azim Rawji, Holden, Massachusetts, June 2011
Kos to Rhodes (Aegean Odyssey). Gordon, Thank you for an amazing journey to remote Greek islands and Turkish coves. Thanks also for bringing the brilliant Brigitte along to take care of us. She is an incredible asset. With kind regards, Kate, Chris, Noah, and Oliver Redfern, Melbourne, Victoria, June 2011
Patmos to Rhodes (Aegean Odyssey). Gordon and Brigitte - These past ten days have been just what Joan and I had been dreaming of. We had such a fabulous time with you in Turkey two years ago I was afraid of trying to re-create an experience that comes only once. However, this trip was just as spectacular. It was so wonderful to see you both again. It was fabulous to see the boat again and set up shop where we were two years ago. Each island we visited was so beautiful and unique. We had the correct mix of busy, thriving, islands as well as quiet, out-of-the-tourist-circuit places. I'm so glad we got to sail as much as we did. It is so peaceful and serene to just move along in the water with the help of a #1 genoa. I realize this may be my last trip on the T.G. Ellyson, and I'm feeling sad. But I am so grateful I got to sail with Gordon and Brigitte twice in my lifetime. THANK YOU! Donna Cooper, Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 2011
Patmos to Rhodes (Aegean Odyssey). We had so much fun on this our second voyage on the T.G. Ellyson with Gordon and Brigitte (see our August 2009 entry)! I can't believe we are in Rhodes and this is our last night on this wonderful boat with such fabulous companions; the ten days went by far too fast. I loved all of our stops, but I think Pali, Nisiros, was my favorite; renting motorbikes and exploring the volcano, the towns, and the beaches was really special. Once again, the entire trip was a gourmet gastronomic experience - I even ate the entire plate of Simi shrimp, shells and all! Thank you, thank you, Gordon and Brigitte, for giving us the best vacation ever! Joan Butterton, Newton, Massachusetts, July 2011
Gocek to Kos (Cleopatra's Route). How to put into words one of the best experiences of your life? That is easy: "T.G. Ellyson!!" Ten days sailing the Greek and Turkish islands with Gordon and Brigitte was the best. It was a mix of great sailing, archaeology class, geology class, and unbelievable food all in one package. I highly recommend Gordon and the T.G. Ellyson to anyone looking for a getaway in Turkey or Greece. Doug Levin, Newtown, Pennsylvania, September 2011
Gocek to Kos (Cleopatra's Route). Terrific Turkey, gorgeous Greece, fantastic food, beautiful Brigitte, all guided by Gordon! Perfect pieces for a perfect trip of discovery. Thank you so much for such a wonderful time!! Peggy Levin, Newtown, Pennsylvania, September 2011
Kos to Arki (Aegean Odyssey). Time can stand still here, the sun, sea, friendly people, fabulous food! Gordon sets the sails, stories arrive, myths explained, history enlivens your mood as your pace slows down to that peaceful stroll you've been missing. Soak up life. Rest, swim, drift and talk with new friends like you do with old friends. Don't worry about how you get here, trust your captain, watch the days and nights melt together, learn to say thank you in Greek. You will never forget this place - it's what memories are meant to be made of! Peter Jones, Parry Sound, Ontario, September 2011
Kos to Arki (Aegean Odyssey). What a stroke of fortune to find you on the internet. Thank you so much for a spectacular vacation on the Aegean Sea. Gordon and Brigitte were the greatest hosts aboard a wonderful ship. The captain (Gordon) is full of character, humour and experience. We learned a great deal of history and always felt confident in his captaincy. Gordon is a man of great integrity. Brigitte, thanks for your hospitality, humour and imagination. I consider you both good friends and I will always remember you. Life is good aboard the T.G. Ellyson, Stuart Shaw, Parry Sound, Ontario, September 2011
Kos to Arki (Aegean Odyssey). We thoroughly enjoyed our Greek boating holiday! It was exactly what we had hoped for - interesting and varied small islands with wonderful restaurants and plenty of history. Our captain knew all the best harbours and best places to eat. Our hostess kept us well fed, comfortable and cared for. Both have a wonderful sense of humour. We felt we were in the best of hands. What a beautiful boat! What a beautiful part of the world! Thank you Gordon and Brigitte, Kim Warwick, Parry Sound, Ontario, September 2011
Kos to Arki (Aegean Odyssey). Sailing aboard the T.G. Ellyson through the Dodecanese Islands was a true adventure; a trip of a lifetime. From the moment we stepped onto the boat we were made to feel at home; invited to participate as crew if we wished. As we gradually gained our sea legs, we also learned more about sailing on the high seas. Our captain's years of experience, excellent skill and good judgement allowed us to enjoy each daily voyage with confidence. We were taken to islands off the beaten track to tavernas with authentic food and delightful proprietors. Gordon's knowledge of history, culture and current events made for wonderful conversation each evening over a shared glass of wine. Our toast, Life is Good. Our first mate Brigitte, from the moment she met us on the dock, made us feel welcome. Her open heart and easy ways, coupled with her kindness, made us feel right at home. She kept surprising us with tasty breakfasts and lunches and always had a beverage available to suit the occasion. She and the captain took turns accompanying us on excursions and always put our well-being first. They allowed us to indulge in little projects along the way, such as being photographed on deck in a "goddess" dress, and re-enacting and photographing Greek mythology on an empty beach. Our first experience of Greece could not have been richer. And in our discovery of the country we have found two wonderful new friends! Adrienne Shaw, Parry Sound, Ontario,September 2011
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