Samos, Samos, Greece

After landing in the big Harbour of Samos town on Samos Island coming in from Turkey, Kusadasi, Sheila discovered this Lion and got nervous as she thought it might be a Memorial for Wittelsbacher Kind of Greece Otto I. (Born in Salzburg 1815, king from 1832 – 1862, son of king Ludwig I. of Bavaria). After a Independence war Greece freed itselve from osmanic rule. Britan could get some naval bases in the eastern mediteranean Region, France only got some partw in Syria and Russia also supported the deal. Ludwig I. of Bavaria gave a loan of 60 Million franc to finance the deal. But other than the Lion in Nauplia on the Peleponnes this Lion commemortes the independance war as a whole, not the Wittelsbacher king. The Harbour is big enough to put up crusade ships and big ferries. I rented a car here in the Harbour and checked out the sites of Samos island Pythagorion and Heraion Crossing the borders from Turkey to Greece was the same procedure as at Airports, formal safety checks and immigration but both sides worked professionally and politely. There even is a duty free shop at border. Sheila expected to see some refugee boats on the sail trip but we didn’t see any. One or two greek Police patrol boats were speeding along the route during our time on board.

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

Samos, Pythagorion, Greece

Pythagorion, Greece together with the Heraion in Samos is on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritages so of course Sheila had to visit that place too after she visited the Heraion. The antique place here unfortunately was behind a fence on a closed compound. Probably german finance Minister Schäuble did not give enough Money to keep that place going. The local Museum was closed too at that day. But Sheila really enjoyed the small but picturesque harbour, one of the nicest Sheila has ever seen. Of course after all the excitement Sheila had to cool down with a nice bowl of ice cream with Blue Curaçao on it, directely in front of nice privat yachts in the harbour.

Samos, Heraion, Greece

Pythagorion, Greece together with the Heraion in Samos is on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritages so of course Sheila had to visit that place too. The Heraion was dedicated to antique godess Hera but Settlements already started in the third millenium before christ. Next to the Heroin of Argos on the Peneloponnes Greece, it was the most important holy place for Hera. The first temple “Dipteros” was built in a swamp and had to be given up for structural problems. The next one was built about 530 b.c. and only one of it’s old columns ist still or again standing. Sheila thinks, the grass there needs to be urgently cut in the vast compound, some highlights were barely visible such as mosaics on the floor. But maybe some things better stay covered to better protect them for future Duck Traveller.



Greece (Kreta) 2008


Luck Duck Sheila in Greece Kreta 2008 enjoying the morning sun

Luck Duck Sheila in Greece Kreta 2008 enjoying the morning sun after a day speed ferry trip to Santorin the day before where I didn’t take a picture of her.

Hydra port

Hydra (Greek: Ύδρα) is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea (Υδρέα, derived from the Greek word for “water”), which was a reference to the springs on the island.




St Nicholas beach, Hydra



Piraeus Train Station

This shot was also photographed from the other angle 🙂

Piraeus station is the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (ISAP) train station in Piraeus, Greece, located approximately 9 km south-west of the centre of Athens. It is the westernmost station of ISAP and is located next to the seaport. The station was inaugurated in 1869. It is large and covered.


Acropolis in Athens

The Acropolis of Athens (Greek: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών) is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis (pl. acropoleis) comes from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, “edge, extremity”) and πόλις (polis, “city”).[1] Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without qualification.



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