Milos Island, Greece

Venus de Milo on display at the  LouvreHere is an interesting bit of history regarding the island that we are currently visiting.

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BCE, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans)

Though it is probably one of the best-known pieces of ancient Greek sculpture, reproduced thousands of times in history and art history books, its source and the island it comes from are little known.

The statue was found on April 8, 1820 by a farmer collecting old Greek stones for field walls.  He removed the top half, (the statue is carved from two pieces of marble) and negotiated to sell it to the French consul who took it to his house for safekeeping.

The French ship sent to collect it arrived to find that the Sultan’s governor had forcibly taken the statue and put aboard a ship bound for Istanbul.  Captain de Marcellus decided to retake the statue and landed an armed party which, after a brief skirmish, got it back and aboard the French ship. The sculpture was subsequently presented to Louis XVIII (who then donated it to the Louvre in 1821).

It is said that it was during this skirmish that the Venus de Milo lost her arms which were spirited away by a local.  Despite reports of the arms being rediscovered at various times, the Venus still hasn’t acquired them and probably shouldn’t lest it change our accepted perception of the armless beauty art historians are so familiar with.

PS.  It looks like we will be here for a bit.  25-30 knot Northerlies are forecast for the next three days.  

IOS Island – On the way to Santorini

No Apple does not own this island.  IOS is the name, not an acronym!

When we left Paros Island,  we thought we’d make an overnight stop on Ios to split the trip to Santorini in half.

Actually, given all that we have read about how difficult it is to anchor your boat at Santorini, we were half hoping to catch a ferry between Ios and Santorini to do a day trip visit and return.

We extended our stay on Ios by a day after seeing some very negative weather forecasts.

We enjoyed exploring the local beaches and the main town built well up on a hill above the harbor.  There are over 300 churches on Ios, we saw a few along the way.  Some so small that I’m pretty sure only 5-10 people could fit at any one time.

Meanwhile, the weather made a huge transition from Summer Meltami Northerly winds, to a Winter pattern that involves low pressure systems rolling by to our South sending strong winds, rain, and thunderstorms our way.  (I loved the rain as Morpheus really was in need to a good rinse.  We have not been in a marina since Italy!!)

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It was a good visit.  But, when we woke up the next morning with the boat rolling almost hard enough to throw us out of bed, it was time to look for a protected harbor, and the best we could come up with was a u-turn back to Paros!!

While we enjoyed a nice visit to Ios, our plans for Santorini just didn’t work out.  People say that you should always leave something undone in an effort to encourage a return in the future.  I suppose for now, Santorini is our “one thing”.

Sheltering Again!

Well, perhaps all of those people that have left the area and gone back to work know something that we didn’t??  The weather has taken a very quick change for the worse.  After three months of blue skies, very few clouds and absolutely no rain, all of that changed yesterday.

We are back anchored off Paros Island yet again.

The forecast for tomorrow is encouraging and hopefully we will be on our way once again!

Emily and Bret Heading Back Home

Emily and Bret are troupers!!  Luckily Emily grew up sailing and understands that while hanging out on the same island for a week isn’t perfect, it is better than going out sailing when the conditions are unfavorable.

We managed to make the best of it this week.  Between their ferry tour of other islands and our renting a car to tour this island we managed to stay busy every day.  I, of course, was happy to be “stuck” and kitesurfing filled my days just fine.

These were our last guests of the season, but our neighbors Chris and Caroline Longstaffe are next on the agenda for visits.  They arrive in Turkey on October 8th, and we hope to get to Santorini and then at least half way North towards our winter destination near Athens by then.  If we can find a good safe place to leave the boat we’ll both take a ferry over to Turkey for a few days to a week.  Otherwise, I’ll stay with the boat and Deb will visit.

Never dull around here…