“Somewhere… I once found a list of diseases… and among these occurred the word Islomania, which was described as a rare but by no means unknown affliction of spirit. These are people…who somehow find islands irresistible. A little world surrounded by the sea, fills them with indescribable intoxication. Lawrence Durrell – ‘Reflections on a Marine Venus’
“… as you gaze over the rail (of the ferry) you may have a Byronic twinge of nostalgia and decide that one day you might return to settle among those mazy streets and silent dusty squares.” Lawrence Durrell
The best feeling on leaving an island is the experience of gazing back and knowing one day that you might return!
Posted in Athens, backpacking, Beaches, Cyclades, Europe, Greece, Greek islands, island hopping, Travel
Tagged Agios Georgios, Blue Star, G&A, Greek Ferries, Greek islands, NEL Lines, Panagia Hozoviotisa
In 2006 I travelled from Naxos to Ios on an old rust bucket called the Panagia Hozoviotisa (named after the monastery on Amorgos) and there was a real sense of adventure. It was two hours late and there was a force seven gale and the boat struggled through the heaving seas but it was an honest hard working boat and the journey was wonderful. I used it again in 2007 but now it is laid up out of service in Piraeus.
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Posted in back packing, Beaches, Cyclades, Europe, Greece, Greek islands, Greek Taverna, History, Travel
Tagged Agios Georgios, Blue Star, G&A, Greek Ferries, Greek islands, NEL Lines, Panagia Hozoviotisa, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge
I have been visiting the Greek islands on and off for twenty-five years and island hopping for the last four and I have noticed that things are beginning to alter, and not always for the better either.
There are new roads being constructed on the islands and EU funded improvements to ports, traditional mini-markets are becoming supermarkets and the ferries are beginning to change. New roads are fine and improved port facilities are good, personally I prefer the dusty old shops with surprises in dark corners but I have to say that I am really disappointed by the ferry changes.
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Posted in Cyclades, Europe, Greece, Greek islands, History, island hopping, Travel
Tagged Agios Georgios, Blue Star, Greece, Greek Ferries, Greek Island Hopping, Greek islands, NEL Lines, Panagia Hozoviotisa