While in Mkyonos we took the ferry across to Delos, a small rocky island, which in ancient Greek times was one of the main sacred site of the times and by the 1st century BC it became one of the main ports in the Mediterranean. It now consists of a large jumble of rocks, which is slowly beginning to be restored into some semblance of an ancient Greek town. Working on Greek time it will be a couple more centuries before it is finished.
Where ever we go there seems to be old ruins dating back 1000’s of years. The Greeks have so many ruins that most of them are left to weather and rot. It seems very strange when you go into a local car park and see large stone columns, possibly 2000 years old, used as parking bollards!!
From Mykonos we headed east to Samos, where we stayed in a marina, for the first time since Crete. It was great to get fresh water to wash down the boat and mains power to run all the systems. The down side of a marina is you have to pay, in this case 42 euros a night (about $70) – I suppose not too bad compared with some of the French and Spanish ones that can cost more than 100 euros.
Samos is one of the larger Greek islands and is only about 1 mile from the Turkish coast.
While we were there it was just like being back in Australia with the skies filled with smoke from raging bush fires. The special fire fighting planes worked constantly scooping up the water and dropping their load over the fires. Consequently the boat was covered in ash, causing another cleaning session to take place.
We are at present anchored off a little island called Agathonisi which has only about 150 people living on it. The bay we are in is uninhabited, except for a few goats, its great for swimming and sun bathing…