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Friday, 14 June 2013

Samos: My First Greek Island



Samos - Vathy

I went to Samos for a conference. Sitting around in a hall full of academics is, I'm guessing, not the most conventional reason to go to a pretty Greek island, but I'll take what I can get. Fortunately, in addition to days of powerpoint, the conference also included a great cultural program with day trips to nearby Ephesus and Patmos, as well as around the island of Samos itself.

We stayed in the main port of Vathy, which boasts a strange mixture of architecture: picturesque winding streets, whitewashed staircases, one ultra-modern shopping boulevard, a scenic harbourfront, and a couple of streets crumbling into absolute ruin.

Further afield, the fields are almost implausibly green, and tiny villages perch on hillsides overlooking the sparkling seas. I could certainly get used to walking through streets overhung by citrus fruits and colourful flowers.

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos - Vathy

Samos

Samos

Samos

Patmos trip


5 comments:

Rachel said...

It does seem a ridiculously picturesque sort of place, doesn't it!

travellersyarn said...

It looks so gorgeous.

Becky Jerdee said...

I'm so envious of your travels, Rachel! But thankful for the windows of visual opportunity you offer via your blog. Hoping you're having a great weekend!

christine said...

looks lovely, very photogenic:)

Roz Corieri Paige said...

Such incredible photos of Greece, Rachel! A place that I dream of visiting someday to see the beauty of the blue sky and sea and the white washed buildings! What academic conference did you attend? I go to these conferences to for the marketing discipline, but have never had the joy of attending a conference in Greece! WOW!

xox
Roz

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