Thursday, September 20, 2007

Samos – home of the old and rusty

Driving around Samos island, for sure you will have noticed many old car wrecks left in the fields or under the trees along the roadsides, almost like a big open air car museum. Seems like the samian people want to present their old cars and car wrecks to the tourists who come to visit the island.

Mike has already depicted his favorite car wreck here. My favorite car wreck, a small truck, was located in a bend on the road between Mytilini and the monastery Agia Triada. But when I looked for it again this summer, I couldn’t find it anymore.

It has been removed, don’t know where it is now. Maybe somebody has seen it lately and knows where it is? Or maybe it ended up like many others here - more or less uniformely shaped for easier handling - on the back of a truck on their way to a ferry in the harbour of Samos town.

Well, it took some time to find a new favorite car wreck, so here is my new one! Found this bus wreck at its ultimate stop in a sunny field somewhere in the hills above Kokkari.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Samos, the island of the "Evolution Revolution"

Worlds first stone age mobile phone found on samos island, 04.september 2007 at Avlakia.

Hmmm.... must be a model from "Nokiage", provided by "Vodastone".
The phone bill has been paid with pebbles, cash of course, or like we germans use to say with "kies kies".

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The haze is gone!

For many many days the skies over Samos were hazy and the weather hot and sticky. That's not good at all for taking fotos of landscapes. Last evening and during the night, clouds came to the island. Today (Thursday, Sept, 6th) the situation changed dramatically, we had blue sky with nice white clouds casting shadows on the landscapes of the island. And a very good visibility in the afternoon. What a relief!
I left Pythagorio and drove around on my motor scooter to take some fotos. Here are 3 examples of how it looked like today in the afternoon on Samos, 2 fotos show views on Samos-town, the third foto shows the Samos straits with the view on the turkish coast in close distance.
This is the weather I like, but in this exceptionally hot summer I had to wait for many days.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Wine tasting at Ampelos

Since it hasn't rained for a long time on Samos, some villages on the island are faced with the
fact that their wells will run out of water. Some springs already deliver no more water.

But not so in the village of Ampelos! Located on the north coast, high above the sea in the middle of green vineyards. As I came to know yesterday in the afternoon, still lots of liquid are coming out there from this well in the upper part of Ampelos!

This young guy found out the secret! During the happy hour, instead of water, the flowing liquid is the new wine. (as you can see from the lable on the bottle! Double-click on the foto to get a bigger image!)

And of course, the guy enjoys trinking it.

Well, if this story isn't true, at least it is well told!