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  • Ralf__
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    The next morning we had another beautiful stop in a small bay: Kamares on Sifnos. And when we sailed over with the tenderboat, the safety officer made the day of a young boy! Was he proud!

    IMG_3293 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Without words...

    IMG_3297 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Kamares is famous for it's potteries.

    IMG_3303 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Meanwhile the crew on the ship did their best to keep us away from the tourist food in town. This evening they allured with the dessert buffet.

    IMG_3272 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    To be continued with day 7: Sifnos and the Corinthian Canal.

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  • Ralf__
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    It is not allowed to build new houses, so even a fitness studio has to fit in the old buildings.

    image00028 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    But now to the famous places of Mykonos, even overcrowded now, on a low season evening and without big cruise ships in port: "Little Venice"

    image00018 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And the windmills. It is like in "A" on Lofoten islands. There are thousends of pictures in all media and then we were surprised how small and tiny this corner is.

    image00019 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And a surprise for me: This place, which once applied for being member of the UNESCO world heritage list, was neglected and in bad shape, although thousends of people coming each day to visit these buildings. Commerce has beaten culture. You can even rent one of the mills as holiday appartment.

    image00022 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    In the afternoon we reached Mykonos. Costa Deliziosa was taking all her passengers with her and so the town was emptied for us,

    image00007 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Mykonos is full with shops and more or less all are selling the same stuff, maybe there is some variety, but not visible directly.

    IMG_3227 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_3240 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    It is not easy to find places without shops but we managed to find some nice corners. Many of these houses are rented as holiday appartements.

    IMG_3230 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_3231 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Day 6: Amorgos and Mykonos.

    A holiday at the Mediterranean Sea without bathing is no holiday for Regine. So during the preparation we looked out for opportunities to swim during our stops. In Zakynthos the weather was too bad, but Amorgos lied wonderful in the morning sun, so we just walked in direction to a nice small beach near the harbour.

    IMG_3082 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Now she was happy. A picture for the album.

    image00004 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The small village streets of Amorgos are as beautiful as at all the other places during the last days, but we will not repeat it too often. But this ceiling was impressive.

    IMG_3092 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And a nice harbour scenery.

    IMG_3073 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    There was even time for a Greek Coffee before we had to return to our ship to continue our cruise towards Mykonos.

    IMG_3114 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Then we had to go back to Paros. Always funny: the front loading ferries in Greece. Nice to watch when all the tourists try to back up their rental cars on the ferry!

    image00073 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    At this time of the year Paros town is not very crowded, so we strolled a bit around in the evening light.

    IMG_3041 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    This is the place where to watch the sundown.

    IMG_3046 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Later we turned back with the tender boat to the ship where they had announced a Greek buffet for this evening.

    IMG_3056 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • yvneac
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    HHHAA! Delos. When I was student I had a course about the Confederation of Delos by a great philosopher. Maybe my best pleasure at university.
    Interresting mixed exhibition.I like the second photo, a bit less the third one.

  • Ralf__
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    Then we had to hurry up to catch the ferry to Antiparos. She was crossing a 900m wide and 3m deep strait between the two islands.

    IMG_2921 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    We learned from our tour guide, that Antiparos is the summer residence of many VIP's, among them Tom Hanks, which owns a house here. The town is very pittoresque and has not the normal stuff to offer.

    IMG_2980 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    While Paros town had low season, so it would have been for us also okay, Antiparos had off season...

    IMG_2982 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_3013 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_3017 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    But it was a delightful walk.

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  • Ralf__
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    As Paros was described to me as a very touristic town before, we decided to book another trip. Antiparos, the smaller sister island promised a more puristic experience. So we changed directly from the tender boat in a bus and drove a short way. But our first stop was near the Paros airport in a small museum, the Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas.

    IMG_2882 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The museum is private and the owner and founder, Benetos Skiadas has build up everything with his own hands. There is a room inside the house with wonderful ship models, typical old ship types of the Kykladic Islands, but we were not allowed to take pictures inside. But you can admire them on the fotogallery of tripadvisor:

    https://www.tripadvisor.de/Attractio...d=101&filter=7

    Outside in the garden a lot of the attractions of the region were shown as miniatures.

    IMG_2888 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_2898 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And here the artist himself. He was distilling booze in his garrden hut, as long as we were there.

    IMG_2914 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    A very nice and surprising visit.

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  • Ralf__
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    The modern "lion" is more unpretentious, but not less graceful.

    IMG_2833 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    All passengers were very impressed and so the last tenderboat was well filled.

    IMG_2845 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    In the early afternoon we crossed over to Paros.

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  • Ralf__
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    Eeeehmm... too provokative?? Okay. Here some classic classics...

    IMG_2758 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_2821 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    IMG_2826 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    A modern art exhibition is integrated in the historic surrounding: A lot of scuptures of the British artist Antony Gormley are spread over the site. And i think, it is a very good idea and successful.

    image00047 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    image00050 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    image00058 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    Early the next morning we arrived at Delos. But we were not the first, obviously these yacht arrived the evening before. A dream for a next cruise....

    IMG_2713 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Here you can find more about her:

    https://www.sailing-classics.com/en/...achts/chronos/

    Delos is mostly abandoned, just a few archeologists and a sheep farmer is living there. But almost the whole island is covered with the relicts of an antique city. This is very impressing, much more than Epidaurus one day before. We were the first visitors there for the day. The round path leaded clockwise, so we started counter-clockwise and climbed on the highest hill to catch as much as possible of the wonderful morning light.

    IMG_2787 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    And this is the view over about 50% of the relicts. Huge!

    IMG_2792 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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  • Ralf__
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    1.000 stairs - they say - are leading from the town up to Palamidi Castle. So it is something like a Greek Askla mountain. No question, that we had to go up there.

    IMG_2639 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    From time to time you have to stop to watch the wonderful scenery (and to gasp for air)...

    IMG_2598 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    If you want to enter the fortress, you will have to pay 8 Euro per person, but we checked before, that there is nothing really special to see inside, so we turned around after exactly 1.006 stairs and went back again.

    IMG_2637 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    In the evening there was show introducing all the artists onboard. And here you can see the oldest person on board. He is 97 years old. And we can assure you, this man will not slow you down on an excursion!!

    IMG_2687 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    To be continued with day 5: Delos, Paros and Antiparos
    Last edited by Ralf__; December 4th, 2019, 16:55.

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  • Ralf__
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    The "ouzo-factory" turned out to be a shop for wine and liquors and the owner was not amused to have prepared his shop one hour before and put chairs for every one to sit in it, just to wait in his empty, blocked for other customers rooms until we made it finally there... No view in any production unit, just some explanation of the ingrediences. But at least the shop was nice.

    IMG_2531 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    We had a taste on one (1!) small ouzo, one raki (tsoupero) and some of us of a very sweet local liquor (mastika), which was the guide's favourite. All was of good quality and the owner was polite, but the visit did not meet our expectation. I expected to learn more, also more variety. You can at least read this in reviews. And finally there you will also see that we were in Karonis wine shop, not in the destillery. They have the same name, but nothing in common. So that was a fake!!

    http://www.karonis.gr/about_en.html, this is the right one.
    http://www.karoniswineshop.gr/about_en.html, this is the wrong one, where we have been leaded to. I am very disappointed now, when i found this.

    IMG_2536 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    After the short visit we started the guided tour, but when we entered the third church, we left again, because we wanted to climb on the castle in daylight. A nice coloured shop let us have a short stop.

    IMG_2571 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
    Last edited by Ralf__; December 3rd, 2019, 09:54.

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