Monemvasia

Sep 22, 2019 - Sea Cloud


This morning, we continued westward under sails toward the southeastern peninsula of the Peloponnese. We had our breakfast and heard a presentation from our National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano: “Documentary Photography: The Way to Tell Stories of National Geographic.” Afterwards, the chief engineer, Yuriy, offered Engine Room tours for interested guests.

As we enjoyed our lunch, we began approaching the imposing rock and walled Byzantine town of Monemvasia. Our Greek guides gave us a brief history of this amazing site and the Captain anchored us in just south of the isthmus connecting Monemvasia to the Peloponnese.

Once in the town, some of us made the short walk across the isthmus to the town’s gate and some took the local shuttle up. Once inside the gate, we explored at leisure — engaging in some final shopping, enjoying a drink at a café and even climbing up to the top of the rock to view the Agia Sofia church. The guests who took the trek up to the ruins feasted their eyes on the panoramas over the sea and Peloponnesian coast. Our guides in the main square of the town also provided information and suggested more unique shops to stop by.

After our exploration of this truly stunning and distinctive town, we were welcomed back to Sea Cloud, with dinner served on the Lido deck as we set sail from the coast. At the end of this fantastic day, we listened in delight to the songs of Sea Cloud Shanty Singers. It was a wonderful evening getting to know the crew and singing along with them — an authentic Sea Cloud experience.

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About the Author

Kriton Piperas

Cultural Specialist

Born in Tanzania, East Africa, Kriton Piperas studied art history and graduated the State School for Tourist Guides of Athens. He has lived in Athens since the 70’s and served as a professional guide and lecturer since 1981.

About the Photographer

Jennifer Davidson

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jennifer Davidson has been a lifelong lover of wide-open spaces. She grew up in a ranching family in remote West Texas. Her roots run many generations deep in that land, which she has always considered home. She studied marine biology on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, participating in monitoring projects in the bays of Texas’s Coastal Bend Region and the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. In 2005, she moved back to the drier climates, this time to the mountains of Northern New Mexico, to pursue a career in photography, which had been a lifelong source of enjoyment.

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