Greek Sailing Odyssey Day 11: Ikaria - Samos / by Honza Cervenka

As per usual, we went for a second walk around Kalomeria in the morning.  I found a post office, posted a whole bunch of postcards that I had written so far and then we bought some groceries.  Our meals so far have been very simple--Maurizio is a vegetarian and only eats fresh ingredients--none of the canned stuff!  So our shopping consisted of spaghetti, fresh tomatoes--you haven't eaten tomatoes until you've eaten fresh Greek tomatoes--and garlic.  Mix it with some olive oil and you've got a lunch!  

We also had to visit the port authority, who ended up being quite rigorous in checking all the documents for the boat, our passports, the ship insurance and the "crew" list.  Maurizio thought the diligence was at least in part due to our vicinity to Turkey, Greece's former occupier--their relations are still very tense.

 Karlovasi in its full (if a little unfocused) glory.

Karlovasi in its full (if a little unfocused) glory.

Once we sailed off to Karlovasi, the journey was quite ordinary; I wrote this entry a few days late and I have trouble remembering much of the trip, so I guess it was not very eventful!  Once we moored at the port, we were again asked to stop by the port authority in the morning--bloody Turkey!  

Karlovasi-Samos-Greece-beach-Honza-Cervenka

We went for a walk around the town, which had many beautiful old churches and hills around it.  We walked through the middle of what once must have been a very luxurious part of town--we saw many grand villas all over.  Some were restored wonderfully, but most were left in various degrees of disrepair.  Too bad I left my cheque book at home!  The port itself was dominated by an imposing tall rock right above it, which was a very picturesque focal point of the town--since it was getting quite late already when we got back to the porn from our walk, we decided to tackle the rock tomorrow morning.  Meanwhile--there are more postcards to write!  And for you, here are some more snaps from Karlovasi:

 A beautiful church in Karlovasi--sadly I have no idea what it's called!

A beautiful church in Karlovasi--sadly I have no idea what it's called!

 Here's a little puzzle--how can you tell that the gate is not original?

Here's a little puzzle--how can you tell that the gate is not original?

 Aesop lived here!

Aesop lived here!

 The beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos in Karlovasi

The beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos in Karlovasi

 One of the well-kept villas.

One of the well-kept villas.

 And a picture of the sunset to top it all off--no filters!

And a picture of the sunset to top it all off--no filters!

 Okay well here's another one.

Okay well here's another one.

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Moored in Karlovasi (Samos island) at 5:10pm. Traveled 43.3 km/23.4 nm in 6hrs.  See map for the route sailed during the Odyssey and click here for more posts from the Greek Sailing Odyssey.

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