Sunday, May 27, 2007


Samos is very different from the islands in the Cyclades. Much less touristy and way more verdant, with cypress and pines and flowers blanketing the mountains and hills. Supposedly it was a fairly popular tourist destination in the 80s and 90s, but the industry has never fully recovered following fıres that destroyed nearly 50% of the forests in the last 10-15 years.

We found a place with a great roof deck for 25 e per night and took the opportunity to do our laundry. Then we took a long 12 km walk (made extra long by the fact that we had just finished a half bottle of wine and could not find a place to buy a water for the first half of the trip...) to a monastery perched up on a mountain. In fact, this had become a regular thing for us to do - look around to find the highest point and head up. Invariably there would be a monastery or church of some sort there - we have hypothesized this as an attempt to get closer to God.

It was a beautiful trek with sweeping views of Vathy and the satellite islands and Turkey on the other side. We rounded our time in Samos wandering around the town visiting the great archeology museum and chilling in cafes - it was really nice to be in a town not entirely dependent on taking our money. Bye Greece!!!!

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