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Greece, April-June 2011

Thursday, 28th April 2011 – Athens

Tony and Tatiana sitting at a table in the Hard Rock Cafe, in Athens.Tony and Tatiana sitting at a table in the Hard Rock Cafe, in Athens.

Hard Rock Cafe, Athens.Hard Rock Cafe, Athens.

Thursday, 26th May 2011 – ferry from Piraeus to Salamina Island

On board the ferry heading to Salamina Island near Athens in the Saronic Gulf.On board the ferry heading to Salamina Island near Athens in the Saronic Gulf.

View of Piraeus port from the ferry as it heads out.View of Piraeus port from the ferry as it heads out.

Passing a large cruise ship in Piraeus port.Passing a large cruise ship in Piraeus port.

Thursday, 26th May 2011 – Salamina, Salamis Island, Saronic Gulf

Largest island of the archipelago. Famous for the Great Battle of Salamis, 480 BC, against the Persian empire.

Outside the front of St Minas Cathedral in Salamina Town.Outside the front of St Minas Cathedral in Salamina Town.

Another view outside the cathedral.Another view outside the cathedral.

Tatiana in front of the cathedral's large carved-wood doorway.Tatiana in front of the cathedral’s large carved-wood doorway.

Tony in front of the same doorway.Tony in front of the same doorway.

Saturday-Sunday 4th-5th June 2011 – Paros, Cyclonic Islands

4th June 2011
Naoussa – a small town on the north-east coast of Paros with a beach, bay and small port. There are many steps.

Tatiana outside the gate to the Young Inn, Naoussa.Tatiana outside the gate to the Young Inn, Naoussa.

Outside the Young Inn, Naoussa.Outside the Young Inn, Naoussa.

Young Inn patio garden.Young Inn patio garden.

Young Inn patio garden again.Young Inn patio garden again.

Tatiana sitting outside Naoussa church.Tatiana sitting outside Naoussa church.

Another view of Naoussa church.Another view of Tatiana outside Naoussa church.

A quiet street in Naoussa.A quiet street in Naoussa.

A typical house in Naoussa - white walls with blue shutters on the windows.A typical house in Naoussa – white walls with blue shutters on the windows.

Tony and Tatiana in a narrow street.Tony and Tatiana in a narrow street.

The square, Platea Naoussa, located near the sea.The square, Platea Naoussa, located near the sea.

Platea Naoussa again.Same square in Naoussa.

Later in the day, now in Parikia.
Parikia is the capital and has a nice harbour in a bay on the north-west side of Paros.

A historical windmill on the main road near the harbour. A historical windmill on the main road near the harbour.

A street with cafés near the harbour.A street with cafés near the harbour.

Tony and Tatiana standing in the outer doorway of the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of 100 Gates). The church is located in the main square/plaza.Tony and Tatiana standing in the outer doorway of the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of 100 Gates). The church is located in the main square/plaza.

Courtyard outside the church.Courtyard outside the church.

Inside the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.Inside the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.

Looking towards the main altar. Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.Looking towards the main altar.

Stone columns and a small altar. Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.Stone columns and a small altar.

Tatiana touching an embossed metal picture. Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.Tatiana touching an embossed metal picture.

Tatiana inside the church.Tatiana inside the church.

Looking up at the ceiling of the church. Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.Looking up at the ceiling of the church.

Another view inside the church, including a candelabrum.Another view inside the church, including a candelabrum.

Tony and Tatiana sitting outside the church.Tony and Tatiana sitting outside the church.

Outside the church - the beginning of a local wedding!Outside the church – the beginning of a local wedding!

Tatiana outside a shop in Parikia. Early evening.Tatiana outside a shop in Parikia. Early evening.

Near the harbour. A row of shops, cafés and restaurants.Near the harbour. A row of shops, cafés and restaurants.

Another view near the harbour. People sitting at outdoor café and restaurant tables.Another view near the harbour. People sitting at outdoor café and restaurant tables.

Tony and Tatiana in the street. Late evening.Tony and Tatiana in the street. Late evening.

Sunday, 5th June 2011

View along the rocky sea front in Naoussa.View along the rocky sea front in Naoussa.

Looking into the bay at Naoussa.Looking into the bay at Naoussa.

Outside the Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Lefkes, a mountainous village in the middle of Paros. Taken on the Sunday afternoon.Outside the Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Lefkes, a mountainous village in the middle of Paros. Taken on the Sunday afternoon.

Tony and Tatiana at a gateway leading up to Agia Triada church.Tony and Tatiana at a gateway leading up to Agia Triada church.

Steps leading up to the church's doorway.Steps leading up to the church’s doorway.

Doorway into the Church of Agia Triada.Doorway into the Church of Agia Triada.

Covered area outside the front of the church.Covered area outside the front of the church.

Looking across the village from outside the front of the church.Looking across the village from outside the front of the church.

Back in Parikia. Tony in front of the historic windmill.Back in Parikia. Tony in front of the historic windmill.

12th June 2011 – Mycenae (archaeological site)

The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are Unesco World Heritage sites, located about 90 km south-west of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese.

Tony, Tatiana, her Greek friend Zois, and a fellow tourist from Germany – stood in the stone ‘Lion Gate’ entrance of the ancient city and fortress.Tony, Tatiana, her Greek friend Zois, and a fellow tourist from Germany – stood in the stone ‘Lion Gate’ entrance of the ancient city and fortress.

Mycenae. Remains of the palace, with substantial stone walls. The site is on a hillside.Same site. Remains of the palace, with substantial stone walls. The site is on a hillside.

In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold, which dominated much of southern Greece.