Samothrace –  The Villages of Profitis Ilias and Lakoma

Samothrace – The Villages of Profitis Ilias and Lakoma

This is my last day on Samothrace. Six days have just whizzed by and I still feel as though there is so much more to discover about this island. Sometimes this is the case. You have to accept it and make a plan to come back. The bus timetable shows that on alternate weekdays, a…

Car Hire Capers on Samothrace

Car Hire Capers on Samothrace

Since being on Samothrace I can see that the bus timetable especially in October is quite limited so today I’m going to hire a car. Driving in Greece is never my first choice of transport but sometimes ‘needs must!’. There are a couple of hire car companies along the back of the port but nobody…

A Whistle Stop Tour of Samothrace

A Whistle Stop Tour of Samothrace

My hosts Mr George and Madam Stratoula arrived back from Alexandrouplis on the Adamantios Korais this morning. I know this because there is another plate of bright red pomegranates on the table outside my door. After breakfast, I handwash some clothes and hang them out to dry and as I do George comes to say…

Exploring Samothrace Chora and the Temple of the Great Gods Part 2

Exploring Samothrace Chora and the Temple of the Great Gods Part 2

Continuing my explorations of Samothrace Chora, I make my way through the paved alleyways towards the centre of the village. One place that I wanted to see was the Antoniou Family Traditional Bakery. Well, I found it easily enough but unfortunately for me again it is closed. Not to worry though, just seeing it from…

Exploring Samothrace Chora and the Temple of the Great Gods Part 1

Exploring Samothrace Chora and the Temple of the Great Gods Part 1

From behind the rocky crags completely hidden from sight, Samothrace Chora has been taunting me, calling me. This protected view is a real asset to a small island that needed to hide itself away from pirates back in the days of yore. The freshly harvested wheat fields reflect a glorious golden light. The only sound…

Samothrace – Agios Andreas Lagoon

Samothrace – Agios Andreas Lagoon

My hosts left for Alexandroupoli on the Adamantios Korais early this morning. On the wooden table outside the door of my room is a plate full of pomegranates that Mr Giannis has picked from his orchard. A perfect accompaniment to the yoghurt and honey that I’d purchased for my breakfast. I’m not sure but I…

Leaving Xanthi and Arrival on Samothrace

Leaving Xanthi and Arrival on Samothrace

Rightyhooo then – a quick photo-dump of some of the images of Xanthi that I haven’t yet had a chance to include in the previous posts. Here are photos of the former home of composer ┬áManos Hadjidakis, the old town hall, the Church of St Vlasios, Muzaffer Bey Mansion – and more. Xanthi has been…

Xanthi – The Path of Life

Xanthi – The Path of Life

Today the clouds have lifted to reveal a much brighter outlook than yesterday. My first mission is to take advantage of this break in the weather and walk along the Path of Life, a picturesque park running parallel to the Kosynthos River. The trail is about 6 kilometres long and the entrance is a short…

Xanthi – Step into the Marvellous House of Shadow

Xanthi – Step into the Marvellous House of Shadow

One of the top things to do when in Xanthi is visit the House of Shadow. It sits right in the heart of the Old Town so you can’t miss it, especially with its two muppet-style characters taking pride of place at the front of the building. When I say building, I mean art gallery…