Adventures in the Cyclades – Pt. 2

Little Venice on the Greek island of Mykonos

Continued from
Adventures in the Cyclades – Pt. 1 & Sailing the Aegean Blue

Back in October 2005, we took a small yacht cruise with a handful of characters through several of Greece’s Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea.  In this amazing little slice of the world, we discovered at least one fun/bizarre/exciting/educational and/or romantic adventure on every island.

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Adventures in the Cyclades – Pt. 1

Ah...Santorini

Continued from
Sailing the Aegean Blue

Back in October 2005, we took a small yacht cruise with a handful of characters through several of Greece’s Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea.  In this amazing little slice of the world, we discovered at least one fun/bizarre/exciting/educational and/or romantic adventure on every island.

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Sailing the Aegean Blue

A view from Santorini's highest town, Oia

Post-Peloponnese and after a fitful night’s sleep in Athens, we were up at the butt-crack of dawn for the next leg of our not-so-fat Greek adventure:

The least expensive version of a yacht cruise through the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades Islands we could possibly swing.

You might not believe me for a sentence or two, but we had a lot of fun on this gorgeous little journey.

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Strange Shrines of the Peloponnese

Roadside shrines in the Peloponnese peninsula

In early September  2005, with Louisiana and Mississippi under watery siege back in the U.S., we were drifting, hollow-eyed and worried, around Greece.  Turns out, Greece was a little hollow-eyed, as well.

Odd metal boxes perched on posts line the dusty, precarious roadsides of Greece’s southern mainland, the Peloponnese.  Few are exactly the same size and shape, but most have little doors that allow you to see inside.  Some contain letters, candles, or fake flowers, others what seem to be bits of trash and faded images of ikons.  Most stand apart from civilization, sometimes in clusters, more often all alone.

At first I mistook them for art objects, akin to the dioramas I create.  Each seemed dedicated to anything from Coca Cola to the Virgin Mary, a not-altogether bizarre pairing for an American sensibility.

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Safe by the Sea in Nafplio

Gazing at the Argolic Gulf from up at the Palamidi Fortress

Continued from
Dreaming of the Peloponnese

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Nafplio (also called Nafplios or Nafplion), on the Argolic Gulf along the northeastern coast of Greece’s Peloponnese mainland, is where Athenians go for a weekend by the sea.

Now that we’ve been there, too, we believe that people who live in Athens are very, very clever. [Read more…]