Tinos, Greece & At Sea

Sep 06, 2018 - Sea Cloud

Today’s excursion took us to the marble-rich island of Tinos, which was ruled by the Venetians for more than 500 years. Venetian influence can be seen in the many elaborate dovecotes of the island. Doves were prized for meat as well as fertilizer, and the aristocratic Venetians competed to make each dovecote more elaborate than the last.

Our first stop was the small but excellent Museum of Marble, which highlights the island’s long marble-quarrying and marble-working industry. We learned of the many types of marble present in Greece as well as about the tools and techniques used to create the splendid architectural elements of the island’s sparkling white marble.

After a relaxing stroll through the town of Pyrgos, we returned by coach to the port of Tinos, making a stop at the holiest of all churches in Greece: the church of Panagia Evangelistria. Worshippers crawled on hands and knees through the town and into the church to visit the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, and much of the path back to the port was lined with small shops that sold icons, votive plaques, and small bottles for collecting holy water from the spring within the church’s lower level. We also sought out some of Tinos’ famous marzipan-like almond dessert before ending our visit.

Returning to our majestic ship for lunch on the Lido Deck, we relished an afternoon under sail. Our historian gave a presentation on ancient seafaring, highlighting the important role played by the ancient Greeks in both merchant shipping and naval warfare. We ended the evening with a fantastic dinner on deck and a lively sing-along performance by the Sea Cloud Shanty Gang.

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Effie Perperi

Cultural Specialist

Effie was born in Kozani, in the northern part of Greece. She studied for two years at the Superior School of Tourism Administration. She attended the Guide School of Corfu during the period of 1998 – 2000. She has traveled extensively in Greece and Europe. She speaks English, French and German. Her interests include music, sailing, traveling, reading and foreign languages.

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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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