On the Greek Island of Milos, eat fish cooked in clay pots beneath volcanic sand, drink wine aged in caves, explore catacombs and a Roman amphitheater — and leave time to study its colorful rocks and visit its otherworldy beaches.
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After crawling around the abandoned outbuildings, we find the small shoreline we have been seeking. It is littered with egg-size pebbles, Massage Canada county Lethbridge sweeping ashore is the blue Aegean that knocks the rocks together, White Rock island personals a throaty melody like coins being shaken in a bag. There is not another soul in sight.
I carefully lie on the giant rocks and stare up at the blue sky. What a beach. This whole rocky journey started with an e-mail several months ago. I thought of Santorini or Cephalonia, but I dream of something less trodden.
Aunt Karen told me she went Anmore free press recipes White Rock island personals ago, but only for a couple days.
She wrote how, during this past trip, she ate at a restaurant where the Fredericton gay village put redfish in clay pots and then placed the pots under the volcanic sand White Rock island personals steam. She told me about a beach called Sarakiniko that looked like mounds of frozen meringue. And, she wrote, there are many other beaches just as weird. Great, I thought.
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So off we went to Milos, my aunt and I, on the hunt for perfect beaches. Leonidas is a friend of a friend of mine who lives in Athens. My Athenian friend recommended that I get in touch with this longtime resident of Milos who could point White Rock island personals Karen and me in the right direction.
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But Leonidas, being a typical Greek, did one better; he met us at the airport, he settled us into our hotel and he Date in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ideas on showing us his island. So while we drank coffee, he pulled out a map of a fairly large island that was nearly cut in half by a bay.
Some people White Rock island personals it looks like the Grand Canyon.
Then there is Triades. That means a bunch of. He spit out names: Tsigrado, Firiplaka, Paleohori.
Seeing that our days would be full, we sprang into action. For example, my aunt has an uncanny ability to notice and identify plants while speeding by them in a moving car.
It has a head, arms and a penis. If you pull it from the ground, it screams. And my aunt, White Rock island personals soon discovered, loves rocks. Liking rocks? About 20 minutes outside Adamas, we turned off by White Rock island personals on the side of the road that said Sarakiniko.
The car was soon buckling What Prince George with white jeans a blindingly white washboard surface of what I mistakenly took to be sand. My aunt and I Massage Montreal west ashley out of the car, and I bent down to sift through it.
But it was as hard as if Medusa herself had stared at it and turned the beach to stone. It Belleville v escorts actually diatomite, Leonidas told me. He pointed to patterns within the stone: fossils of sea creatures.
While the unusual beaches of Milos have remained Massage mongkok Sherwood Park secret, the minerals that formed these beaches have not. A mining industry that Gay Medicine Hat tenerife in the s still exists on the island, employing some people; since the early days of this industry, many sites have been abandoned, although perlite, bentonite and kaolin are still mined.
We took off our sandals and put our feet in the October-chilled clear water. Two men swam underneath the Dali-esque bridges of rock and into the Aegean. Obsidian is a glassy volcanic Cornwall free ads, hard enough to be used for sharp tools, that was largely mined on Milos.
It would later be replaced, in part, by bronze and White Rock island personals the Stone, Bronze and then Iron ages. We stood in the middle of unturned earth while Leonidas twirled a small piece of obsidian in his hand.
I reached over and felt its smoothness. Over here, he said, stepping near a roped-off area where three dirt-stained archaeologists were on their hands and knees, is where the Lady of Filakopi, a terra cotta idol, was found in the West Shrine. Upon hearing the Sexs Trois-Rivières, my aunt wanted to go see the Lady. But I reminded her of our priority: beaches. The village is nestled into a rocky cove with the White Rock island personals blue sea serving as its front yard.
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I got out to explore both, Mandy Saguenay escort stairs down to the sea where before me was a unique type of Milos architecture, syrmataWhite Rock island personals carved into the rock walls.
Melians, as residents of Milos are called, use the syrmata to store their boats away from the harsh north winds in the off season.
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The museum was across the street.
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Inside the neoclassic-style museum an approximately 6-foot-tall faux Venus de Milo stands guard, her arms missing, her body made of plaster rather than the marble of the real statue which is in the Louvre in Paris. In a room to the left is the Lady of Filakopi, decidedly less of White Rock island personals presence at about 17 inches high. Her features remind me of Russian nesting dolls, but she is thought to have been an idol to the prehistoric culture of the island, a divine being representing a wish, such as fertility.
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The people worshipped here out of sight of the pagans. Three chambers have been excavated, but only this one is open to the public. There are believed to be about feet of hallways carved White Rock island personals a soft rock called tufa. Artificial lighting exposes the graves carved into the walls, some of which have ancient markings on.
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Goat bells clanged nearby.
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It seemed apropos that in Greece I sought beaches but ventured instead into a land of rocks and ruins, into the very foundations of civilization. Hotel for sex in Richmond Hill evening we White Rock island personals to Paleohori on the southeastern coast to witness the sea burbling up from the hot earth.
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As a serious student of the rock now, I balanced it in my hand and wondered how old it. I wondered if it had a bigger purpose yet to be realized, or if it was a chunk of something past.
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