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). There are several beaches on the north shore ranging from sand to pebbles. The south flank is mainly escarpment. In 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Polycrates was certainly a patron of the poets Anacreon, and Ibycus 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.
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!!
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.
From wikipedia, Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Πυθαγόρας Σάμιος, O Pūthagoras o Samios, "Pythagoras the Samian", or simply Ὁ Πυθαγόρας; c. 570-c. 495 BC) 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.
Samos (Greek: Σάμος) is a Greek island in the North Aegeansea A great portion of the island is covered with vineyards, from which the famus Samos wine is made.The capital city is Vathy. The most important plains are that of Pythagorio, in the southeast, Karlovasi in the northwest, and Marathokampos in the southwest. The Samian climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild rainy winters, and warm rainless summers.The largest mountain is the Ampelos massif, which occupies the center of the island and rises to 1,095 metres (3,590 ft). The island's highest point is the summit of the Kerkis range, at 1,434 metres (4,700 ft). Famous Samians : Pythagoras ,Aristarchus of Samos,Polycrates see also this link : http://www.samos.gr/
2nd Antiracist festival of Samos
Help a Samian Family
Geneleos Group. The group of statues is a votive offering to the Heraion and consists of six figures (five female and one male), one of which (representing Ornithe) is now in Berlin. Dated to 560-540 B.C Lets help the reunion of this acient family !