Amorgos, Greece

Sep 05, 2018 - Sea Cloud

We began the day with a beautiful morning on the easternmost island of the Cyclades. We had sailed into the quiet bay of Katapola the night before, but it looked so different early in the morning as we approached. The town was almost all white, with blue windows and doors, and we knew we were in Amorgos!

I love Amorgos for many reasons. The Big Blue—a fantastic film I watched as a young student—was filmed here. The island is a little bit off the beaten track, which is always a refreshing experience. Dimitris, our driver, took us to the most spectacular building of the Aegean! A monastery is perched like an eagle’s nest on the cliffs. We encouraged our guests to hike all the way to the top, and I am sure nobody regretted it. Countless photo opportunities and amazing views were available all the way to the top.

The visit to the monastery was hard for the “giants” among us, because everything is built for tiny medieval Byzantine monks. Built in the 11th century AD, the monastery of the Virgin Mary Hozoviotissa is a jewel and a miracle at the same time. We saw the church and stood on the balcony, taking it all in. We carefully found our way back to the bus to go to Hora, the capital, a fortified inland community from the Byzantine era, where we strolled downhill and enjoyed the architecture. There were beautiful churches, amazing jasmine flowers, geraniums in full bloom, and a picturesque coffee shop to stop and enjoy a Greek coffee and some bitter cherry spoon sweets, which is what Greeks like to offer to their guests when they visit. Some of us even had some time to shop, then we started on our way to the port.

Sea Cloud ornamented the port with its elegance, and we boarded to enjoy our lunch and then watch part of a documentary, The Greek Character. Then our expedition leader, John Frick, gave an exciting presentation about Sea Cloud. We also got the chance to get a good view of the amazing original staterooms during our open house reception. Holding a glass of wine, I walked to the dining room, expecting another perfect meal and evening.

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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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