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Queen of the Cyclades

As reported in the last message, we got off the ferry on the wrong island, so we decided to make the best of it. Syros is a rather small island, but its capitol, Ermopouli (which means “City of Hermes”), is a beautiful neoclassical city. We have visited here before, so it’s not difficult to find [Read More]

Land of Centaurs (Part Two)

Land of Centaurs (Part Two)

On our last day with a car (a little 1.2 liter Attos) we scaled Mount Pelion, the densely forested natural fortress that looms above the plain of Thessaly and the city-port of Volos. Between every village we encountered small glens and canyons where water comes tumbling down in rivulets, streams and waterfalls. Surprisingly, there is [Read More]

Ancient Cities

Ancient Cities

Today we are driving into the hills west of Volos in search of archeological sites in the region. Our goal is the town of Sesklo (a neolithic settlement) and the city of Iolchus, the port from which Jason set out with 50 Bronze Age heroes in search of the Golden Fleece. We start out early [Read More]

Land of Centaurs

Land of Centaurs

Yesterday, we caught a bus from Athens to Volos in the Magnesia district. It was a four-hour ride, with one stop for lunch in the middle of the afternoon (at which time everyone was gnawing on the armrests). Volos, the capital of the Magnesia Prefecture (district) is the second-largest city in Thessaly and the third [Read More]

Around Paros

Lying in the center of the Cyclades cluster, Paros is the equivalent of New York’s Central Station for Greek ferries. Located at a distance of 95 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, the island has about 11,000 permanent inhabitants and it plays host to more than a half million tourists every summer. Arriving at [Read More]

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Warrior Monks of Crete

Warrior Monks of Crete

A road trip with friends took us to the south coast of Crete and a monastery famous for much more than religious [Read More]

Creativity and the Stone House

Creativity and the Stone House

What is creativity? It is the act of turning a unique idea into something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. We [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Windy Island — Day 1: Tradition

Traveling with Cretan friends, we boarded a ferry at the port of Iraklion bound for Karpathos — an island at the [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 2: History

Windy Island — Day 2: History

On our second day, we looked forward to exploring towns in the southern part of Karpathos.  All of these are very old, [Read More]

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Windy Island — Day 3: Here and Now

Shortly after breakfast, we walked up the street to an old stone well to meet our bus.  Pigadia is known for its wells [Read More]

El Greco: Old Becomes New

El Greco: Old Becomes New

Driving west of Iraklion on the E75 highway, we turned southward toward Fodele (pronounced Foe-deh-lay). The road runs [Read More]

Shadow Theater

Shadow Theater

Brightly colored posters went up last week announcing the “shadow theater” was coming to our village. Long before [Read More]

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