Sunday, November 24, 2019
Arriving in the port of Kuşadası, Turkey
Pigeon Island is connected to the mainland by a walkway. There is an old castle on the island that was originally used to protect the harbor.
At a Turkish carpet factory we saw a demonstration showing silkworm cocoons being heated in water to make it easier to separate the silk threads from the cocoon.
The silk threads easily unwind from the cocoons after they are heated.
A small carpet in progress. The paper pattern is used as a guide while weaving the silk.
Entering the show room at the carpet factory.
The last stop we made on our Aegean Sea cruise was the port of Kuşadası on the coast of Turkey. While we were there, we visited a Turkish carpet factory where we learned how they harvest silk from cocoons and use it to weave the beautiful silk carpets you see in the above photos. Not only are these carpets beautiful, they are extremely soft to walk on and they let us take our shoes off and feel them for ourselves. I would have loved to purchase one for my house, but they are extremely expensive (thousands of Euros even for a small one) and the cost combined with the fact that my cat would probably dig her claws into it made my decision not to buy one very easy.
I will be taking a break from my blog for awhile in order to spend time with my family over Thanksgiving. See you soon!
Saturday, November 23, 2019
The ruins of the Palace of Knossos
This magnificent bird decided to land right in front of me as I was walking. I probably could have reached out and touched him, but I wasn't sure how he would react. I have never been that close to a peacock before!
The next stop on our Aegean Sea cruise was the island of Crete where we toured the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, an ancient palace built by the Minoans and located just south of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. The palace dates back to 1950 BC and likely was disrupted by the tsunami caused by the volcanic eruption at Santorini. The final destruction of the palace probably took place sometime around 1300 BC. I enjoyed the ruins, but my favorite part of this stop was watching the peacocks which were roaming around the ruins. They seemed quite used to people and as you can see from the last photo, they didn't mind getting up close. This one landed on the railing right in front of me and posed. I have included a couple of videos too. The first one shows a peacock calling to a peahen that was nearby. The second one shows him putting on a display for her. It obviously worked because she came over and they proceeded to do their business right there for all to see. My daughter got a video of that, but since it was slightly "x-rated", I decided it was best to keep it private.
Linking to Saturday's Critters and the Bird D'Pot.
Friday, November 22, 2019
On the way to Oia.
We passed a black sand beach.
This side of the island in definitely not as dramatic as the other side.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Panagia of Platsani on the main square in Oia.
Anastasi Church in Oia with its three blue domes is probably the most famous view on Santorini.
My lunch in Oia. Milk pie and a smoothie with a view of the Santorini caldera.
A video I took while enjoying my lunch.
Our second day on Santorini was spent driving to Oia, another village on the island. To get there, we traveled on a road on the other side of the island. As you can see from the first three photos, it looks quite different over there. When we arrived in Oia, we were once again perched on the edge of the steep caldera with more stunning views.
Linking to SkyWatch Friday.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Arriving in the old port of Santorini.
As we did on the island of Milos, we had to ride a tender boat from our ship into the port because it is not equipped to dock cruise ships.
Riding the gondola up the side of the caldera to the village of Fira.
View of the Santorini caldera from the main square in Fira. That island out there in the middle of the caldera is called Nea Kameni and it is uninhabited. There is another smaller uninhabited island on the other side of it.
A view of Fira while we were sitting outside at a restaurant.
Another view from the same restaurant. That is a small swimming pool in the lower left corner.
Display outside one of the shops in Fira.
View of Santorini as we were heading back to our ship on the tender boat.
I took this video while I was sitting outside at a restaurant in Fira.
Musicians in the main square of the village of Fira.
The next stop on our Aegean Sea cruise was Santorini and we spent two wonderful days there. Here are some photos from our first day which we spent in the village of Fira. Santorini was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, the Minoan eruption, which occurred about 3,600 years ago. It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc and what remains of it today is a very deep water-filled caldera surrounded by several islands. There were three small eruptions in the 20th century, the last one occurring in 1950.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The next stop on our Aegean Sea cruise was the Greek Island of Milos. This was probably my favorite island (except for Santorini) because instead of spending our time in the port which was crowded with tourists, we decided to take a taxi up the mountain to the small village of Plaka. As you can see from my last six photos, there were no crowds up there. We enjoyed wandering around and visiting the many cute little local shops and the taxi ride was also very scenic.
Linking to Signs2.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Mykonos is famous for its iconic windmills. Most of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but their construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used to mill wheat.
Another windmill. I zoomed in on this one while I was sitting outside at a restaurant enjoying a cool drink.
This cat was obviously pregnant. She was sitting in the shade outside of a seafood restaurant.
Mama cat with her kittens. There were several food dishes nearby, so they are being fed.
After traveling around mainland Greece for a week, we boarded our cruise ship for a 7 day cruise on the Aegean Sea. Our first stop was the Greek island of Mykonos. It was beautiful!
Linking to Our World Tuesday and Tuesday's Treasures.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Another one of our stops for lunch was in the small village of Itéa, Greece, which is located on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, a deep inlet of the Ionian Sea. We had a lovely view of the water from our table. That cute little girl and her doll wandered out from another table to get a closer view before going back to sit with her parents and I couldn't resist taking photos of her. The last photo shows my lunch, cheese pie with bread, tomato and olives on the side. My daughter had stuffed peppers.