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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Potokaki - Mycale


Seen from potokaki beach samos

Mycale (also Mycǎlé, Mukalê, Mykale and Mycali, Ancient Greek Μυκάλη; called Samsun Daği and Dilek Daği in modern Turkey) is a mountain on the west coast of central Anatolia in Turkey, north of the mouth of the Maeander and divided from the Greek island of Samos by the 1300 meter wide Samos Strait. The mountain forms a ridge, terminating in what was known anciently as the Trogilium promontory (Ancient Greek Τρωγίλιον or Τρωγύλιον).[1] There are several beaches on the north shore ranging from sand to pebbles. The south flank is mainly escarpment.
Classical Greece nearly the entire ridge was a promontory enclosed by the Aegean Sea. Geopolitically it was part of Ionia with Priene placed on the coast on the south flank of the mountain and Miletus on the coast opposite to the south across the deep embayment into which the Maeander River drained. Somewhat further north was Ephesus.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Potokaki beach


Potokaki beach is in the area of Pythagorion and not far from the airport in the south side of the island.
You can see also a part o pythagorio and the castle.
The mountains on the left belongs to...Turkey!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Fourni islands

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Fourni island as seen from Samos.
Fourni Korseon (Greek: Φούρνοι Κορσέων or Greek: Φούρνοι Ικαρίας - Fourni Ikarias), more commonly Fourni, is a complex or archipelago of small Greek islands that lie between Ikaria, Samos and Patmos in Samos Prefecture. The two largest islands of the complex, the main isle of Fourni and the isle of Thymaina, are inhabited, as is Ágios Minás Island to the east. On the main isle Fourni (town) is the largest settlement and then Chryssomilia in the north the second largest (and third largest overall, after Thymaina). Fourni (town) proper is the main ferry harbour, with ferries also landing on Thymaina.

Friday, 23 October 2009



EU ZEIN means something like: good living, this is the name of my favorite café in Pythagoreio.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

History everywhere


Seen in a wall on the main street of Pythagorio, Greek history over 4000 years..Its nice to have the feeling of an identity.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Samos forest - karlovasi


Samos was always famus for the black pinne forests, this wood was very good quality for the old shipyards. Today we just try to protect them from burning in the summer months....

On the top you can see the city of Karlovasi.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Mitilinii Village

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The small town of Mitilinioi, the old capital of the island, is built amphitheatrically on top of three hills in the middle of the fertile valley of Hisios. The mane of the Mitilinioi originates from the first inhabitants of this are who came from Mitilini (Lesvos).
In Mitilinioi there is an important commercial activity and a vibrant nightlife.
Picturesque narrow streets, churches, and beautiful cafes, make up a uniquely beautiful picture.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Manolates - Ceramic shop


Just a small lovely ceramic and rottary shop in Manolates.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

A view near Mitilini Village


After the first rain in September the island starts slowly to be again more and more green, in sunny days you think that it is not Autom but Spring...
I hoppe to be lucky and enjoy this sunny and peacefull Autom days soon..

ps. On the left upper side of the photo you can see the ruins of two old windmills.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The wall of Polycrates


Polycrates (Greek: Πολυκράτης), son of Aeaces, was the tyrant of Samos from c. 538 BC to 522 BC.

He took power during a festival of Hera with his brothers Pantagnotus and Syloson, but soon had Pantagnotus killed and exiled Syloson to take full control for himself. He then allied with Amasis II, pharaoh of Egypt, as well as the tyrant of Naxos Lygdamis. With a navy of 100 penteconters and an army of 1,000 archers, he plundered the islands of the Aegean Sea and the cities on the Ionian coast of Asia Minor, defeating and enslaving the navies of Lesbos and Miletus. He also conquered the small island of Rhenea, which he chained to nearby Delos as a dedication to Apollo.

He had a reputation as both a fierce warrior and an enlightened tyrant. On Samos he built an aqueduct, a large temple of Hera (the Heraion, to which Amasis dedicated many gifts), and a palace later rebuilt by the Roman emperor Caligula. In 522 BC he celebrated an unusual double festival in honour of the god Apollo of Delos and of Delphi; it has been suggested that the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, sometimes attributed to Cynaethus of Chios, was composed for this occasion.[1] Polycrates was certainly a patron of the poets Anacreon, and Ibycus[2] and of the Crotonian doctor Democedes.

According to Herodotus, Amasis thought Polycrates was too successful, and advised him to throw away whatever he valued most in order to escape a reversal of fortune. Polycrates followed the advice and threw a jewel-encrusted ring into the sea; however, a few days later, a fisherman caught a large fish that he wished to share with the tyrant. While Polycrates' cooks were preparing the fish for eating, they discovered the ring inside of it. Polycrates told Amasis of his good fortune, and Amasis immediately broke off their alliance, believing that such a lucky man would eventually come to a disastrous end.

From Wikipedia

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Potami beach - Karlovasi II

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In addition to my previus photo, I think this one fits very well too. It is just the other side (west) of the same beach, the beach of Potami in Karlovassi Samos.
I like very much this clear and fresh blue watter!!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Potami beach - Karlovasi


There are few tourists left on the island,the weather still sunny and relative warm. The potami beach in Karlovasi become lonely,the nature needs also time to rest.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Samos mini-rocky mountain


Seen in the north-west side of the island by Drakei

Saturday, 10 October 2009

The Revenge ....


It looks like that the nature is getting a Revenge against technologie, in this case against an old Simson motorbike...fabricated in the East Germany some 40 years ago..

Friday, 9 October 2009

Stormy weather over St George church


In Samos like almost all Greek Islands you can see many nice churches in different sizes colors and also architectural styles.
I will try to show you as many as possible of these small miracles :)

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Feel the blue


This is the northen side of the Island, very green, covered with dark green pine forests. Enjoy it :)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Old house-oven


An old house oven, seen in the village Drakei.
Some 50 years ago, many houses use to have such hand made primitive wood oven in order to cook their bread mainly and food.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Spiliani Monastery


The Panagia spiliani Monastery seen bettween the walls of a church ruins called "Dontia" close to the beach.More information about this wonderfull place in my next post.Enjoy it!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Pythagorion town


A view from Pythagorion seen by the castle side.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Pythagorio - The castle


Lykourgos Logothetis Castle
Lykourgos Logothetis, leader of the Samian revolution against the Turks, built it in 1824. Its purpose was to protect the people of Samos and the port of Pythagorio in general against the Turkish attacks.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Pythagorio, the Pythagoras statue


From wikipedia,
Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Πυθαγόρας Σάμιος, O Pūthagoras o Samios, "Pythagoras the Samian", or simply Ὁ Πυθαγόρας; c. 570-c. 495 BC[1]) was an Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. He is often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist; however some have questioned the scope of his contributions to mathematics and natural philosophy. Herodotus referred to him as "the most able philosopher among the Greeks". His name led him to be associated with Pythian Apollo; Aristippus explained his name by saying, "He spoke (agor-) the truth no less than did the Pythian (Pyth-)," and Iamblichus tells the story that the Pythia prophesied that his pregnant mother would give birth to a man supremely beautiful, wise, and beneficial to humankind.