26.05.2008 - 26.05.2008
This time our trip was north – across the middle of the island and then down to a fishing/tourist village (Appolonas). It was famous for a kouros – an unfinished large marble sculpture from BC. Apparently the sculptor started the sculpture on site (it’s rough from etc) and then they were transported to the final site where the sculptor would finish the sculpture. But in some cases the sculptor would discover a fault in the marble or it was broken when moved (physically pulled on logs or on marble chips). This one had broken. The kouros was interesting, but …
The trip up to Appolonas was very pleasant, as was the village. The typical brilliant and clear sea colour and the white and (mainly) blue houses and tavernas etc. Had a pleasant coffee by the sea watching the hundreds of fishes of all sizes swimming around – and an elderly Greek guy fishing with a piece of bread – he didn’t seem very efficient at it, but maybe he had all day to catch enough “small fish” for dinner.
Came across another old Pirgos too – in a state of decay, but open for wandering through. Had the remains of a mill and a press – probably for olive oil we imagined.
Were hoping that a tavern was open at another very small seaside village on the west coast – but it wasn’t, so a picnic lunch again (with tinned sardines (again!). But it was a pretty village and a nice bay (but rather rocky and pebbly underfoot and the weather was not hot enough for a swim (unfortunately as Jan was wanting another swim).