Aug 29, 2017 - Sea Cloud

Standing on the deck at 7 a.m. this morning, I was surprised at the lack of wind for the first time during our cruise. I felt the warmth of the sun god, Helios, on my face while taking in the blue Aegean. We had left Naxos behind late last night and were on our way to Milos.

There were only few of us at breakfast – this was our first lazy morning on the ship and lots of guest took advantage and slept in! The sails were up at 9 a.m. and I took pictures, and then just sat down and enjoyed the majesty of them. It is always a sight that takes my breath way. Afterwards I attended Rebecca’s lecture on ancient ships (my favorite). No matter how many times I listen to our archeologists, I always learn more…

After lunch we tendered to the port of Milos, Adamas. We drove to the ancient city and explored the archeological site. This is where Venus de Milos was brought to light, now exhibited in the Louvre museum. The new excavation and the restoration of the Hellenistic theater reminded us of the glory of the ancient city. The main town was next on our plan. There were beautiful houses, picturesque churches, little shops, incredible views and the best Galaktoboureko or “cream custard pie” of the cruise.

Swimming came next! Geological phenomena and volcanic minerals transform the coastline of the island and the cool water of the Aegean compensated for the hot summer. Back on the ship, we arrived just in time for John’s lecture on the Sea Cloud and its history. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the Sea Cloud Shanty Gang serenaded us with old classics and even a couple of songs in German and Tagalog. The night ended perfectly with a sky teeming with stars just for us.

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About the Author

Eleni Premeti

Cultural Specialist

Eleni is a native of Athens who studied English from the age of 5. She also developed a passionate interest in history and archaeology at a young age, and completed her degree in those subjects at the University of Athens. She continued her studies with courses and seminars at a number of locations in Greece. She has taught English and Greek, and has been helping travelers discover Greece since 1996.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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