Odds and Ends

Not really much to report today, but we have this great internet connection so I need to post something!!

As expected, it’s blowing 25 to 30 here and now it looks like it will continue to do so until Sat!!!

This doesn’t look like much since we are anchored just off the windward shore, but turn up your volume and you’ll get a sense of our day.

I have a couple of pictures that I should have posted with yesterday’s picture/video from the top of the island.  That was 3 miles each way, and some very obvious vertical work as well!!  I’m really glad I did it, but not in a hurry to repeat.

And, finally since I can, I think I’ll post a couple of our sunset photos from last night as this new weather system closed in.

It’s About to Get Windy Around Here

This is the forecast picture for about 0300 tomorrow morning, and it doesn’t get much better until Saturday.

exppicWe should be just fine.  We are in a super protected harbor, anchored about 1,000 yards off the beach, right next to town, with our new anchor and a nice sandy bottom.

Hopefully, the boat stays right where she is and I find a way to break out the small kites for some fun tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that…

I will say that this is starting to get old!

-Jim

The Town and Views of Plaka on Milos, Greece

Castle
Kastro

Plaka is the picturesque capital of Milos, built according to traditional Cycladic architecture on a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea. The highest point of Plaka is the quarter of Kastro (Medieval Castle), where the old town of Milos is found, distinguishing by its Medieval architecture.

The stone houses and paved paths of Kastro make it one of the most beautiful Milos sights to visit, and its location on the hilltop makes it the ideal spot to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and the sunset.

It is no longer inhabited but its rich history began after the destruction of the ancient city of Klima between the 5th and 6th centuries A.D.  The Germans occupied this area during World War II and it was bombed by the Allies.

The Kimisi of Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin) or Mesa Panagia, is the church on the summit of the hill of Kastro.  The video below was filmed here after a very long walk…

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.  

We find the nicest people….

Deb here:
Directly or indirectly,  because of Ita, we meet the nicest people!  
We are currently in Adhamas, Milos, (as in where they found the Venus de Milos.). Milos has a  big harbor (an old volcano caldera) with Adhamas being a large-ish town tucked up on the protected side of the bay/caldera.  The town is beautiful, white, with blue church roofs and all the doors are different, bright colors.  Very pretty, and certainly big enough (I thought) to have a Vet.  You see, it’s time for Ita to get her yearly shots….  Yes, I know that her rabies and other shots are good for 3+ years, but, in order for her to travel internationally, the paper bureaucracy  in Europe requires her to have a Rabies every year, as well as all the rest.

So I find a very nice taxi driver, Dimitri, who actually doesn’t speak a lot of English, but since I am from America, he calls me Miss America, (tell me he’s not my most favorite Greek man I’ve met).  With lots of sign language and assuring him it’s the dog, not me and my ankle, that need a doctor, I explain I need a dog doctor, so he takes me to the one and only vet on the island.  She’s mysteriously not in the office today, despite what the office hours posted on the door say, and there’s no answer at her emergency number that’s listed on the door.  I won’t even go into the two nasty Tom cats, with infected eyes and nasty grooming habits,  who were twining around my sprained ankle as I was trying to get the Vet’s number off the door.  Dimitri talks to all the people in the offices around the vets office, whereupon Dimitri says, “Come,”, and I go.  Off we go about another 2 miles to the Ministry of Agriculture office on the island (back alley, no sign, behind the butchers) and find out that the Dr is off island, but will be back tomorrow after 6:00 pm. Ok…  Dimitri then takes me back to the harbor, via a circuitous route around a couple of closed roads and narrow 2 way streets that really should be one way, stopping at the vet’s to get the emergency number, dialing it a we are going down the hill, narrowly missing Jim who was hiking up the hill for excersise, (Jim had no idea I passed him), getting the vet on the phone and making me an appointment for tomorrow at 6:30 pm in a voice opposite to voice sotto,  to get me back to the dingy.   All for 17 euros.  Way better than Mr Toads Wild Ride, and Dimitri called me Miss America through out.  How cool is that!

I won’t even go into the 70+ year old Irish brothers I met later due to Ita….