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Tinos, Andros and Kythnos, Greece, June 2013

Tinos and Andros Islands
Cyclades, Greece

Tinos, 1st-3rd June 2013

1st June

View towards a white-painted house with green shutters on the doors and windows. The sea just visible beyond.View towards a white-painted house with green shutters on the doors and windows. The sea just visible beyond.

Looking across the port at Tinos. Lots of small boats.Looking across the port at Tinos.

Another view of the port looking towards the long harbour wall.Another view of the port looking towards the long harbour wall.

Road at the side of the harbour.Road at the side of the harbour.

A small sailing boat moored at the harbour side.A small sailing boat moored at the harbour side.

Looking uphill along the main street leading from the port to the famous church of Panagia Evangelistria (Our Lady of Good Tidings). Lined with shops selling religious and craft items.Looking uphill along the main street leading from the port to the famous church of Panagia Evangelistria (Our Lady of Good Tidings). Lined with shops selling religious and craft items.

Tony and Tatiana outside the entrance to Panagia Evangelistria. The church was built around an icon, which many miracles have been attributed to. According to tradition the icon was found after the Virgin Mary appeared to the nun St. Pelagia and revealed to her the place where the icon was buried.Tony and Tatiana outside the entrance to Panagia Evangelistria. The church was built around an icon, which many miracles have been attributed to. According to tradition the icon was found after the Virgin Mary appeared to the nun St. Pelagia and revealed to her the place where the icon was buried. Construction of the church began following the icon’s discovery in 1823. It was inaugurated in 1830.

It is traditional for pilgrims to crawl on hands and knees from the port up the hill to the church to ask for help for their sick children.

The holy icon now almost completely encased in silver, gold and jewels. It depicts the Virgin Mary kneeling with her head bent in prayer.The holy icon now almost completely encased in silver, gold and jewels. It depicts the Virgin Mary kneeling with her head bent in prayer.

Looking down into a large courtyard, which is part of the church.Looking down into a large courtyard, which is part of the church.

Tony and Tatiana both touching a metallic statue of a female pilgrim crawling on her hands and knees, near the church.Tony and Tatiana both touching a metallic statue of a female pilgrim crawling on her hands and knees, near the church.

Again Tatiana and Tony by the female pilgrim statue.Again Tatiana and Tony by the female pilgrim statue.

Looking into a small room containing a marble altar. There is also a model of a modern-looking ship in a case to one side.Looking into a small room containing a marble altar. There is also a model of a modern-looking ship in a case to one side.

View out to sea. The neighbouring island of Ermoupoli is visible away in the distance.View out to sea. The neighbouring island of Ermoupoli is visible away in the distance.

2nd June

View along a quiet street. On the other side there is a row of shrubs covered in pinky red flowers.View along a quiet street. On the other side there is a row of shrubs covered in pinky red flowers.

A narrow street lined with traditional white-painted houses.A narrow street lined with traditional white-painted houses.

Attractive close-up of plants growing in front of the window to a house.Attractive close-up of plants growing in front of the window to a house.

Another typical street view - white walls with blue doors and window shutters.Another typical street view – white walls with blue doors and window shutters.

In the countryside looking towards lots of small narrow fields on a hill side. Terraced with stone walls.In the countryside looking towards lots of small narrow fields on a hill side. Terraced with stone walls.

Another rural scene. Looking into a valley with terraced slopes on either side.Another rural scene. Looking into a valley with terraced slopes on either side.

Wooden chairs and tables outside a café. Shaded by a large old-looking tree.Wooden chairs and tables outside a café. Shaded by a large old-looking tree.

Andros, 3rd-4th June 2013

Northernmost island of the Cyclades and second largest

3rd June

Arriving in Andros. Looking out of the large, partially open vehicle entry door of a ferry. The port approaching.Arriving in Andros. Looking out of the large, partially open vehicle entry door of a ferry. The port approaching.

Tatiana by a white-painted stone wall.Tatiana by a white-painted stone wall.

The sea shore at Batsi, a small coastal tourist village.The sea shore at Batsi, a small coastal tourist village.

Wicker sun umbrellas on the beach.Wicker sun umbrellas on the beach.

View across the beach with the village behind.View across the beach with the village behind.

In the foreground a plant covered with purple flowers outside a house. Behind, higher up the hill, the upper part of a church can be seen, with white walls and a red tiled roof.In the foreground a plant covered with purple flowers outside a house. Behind, higher up the hill, the upper part of a church can be seen, with white walls and a red tiled roof.

4th June

A pedestrian street running through Andros Town (Hora). The buildings painted in pastel shades of yellow, red and blue, as well as the traditional white. Balconies above.A pedestrian street running through Andros Town (Hora). The buildings painted in pastel shades of yellow, red and blue, as well as the traditional white. Balconies above.

An attractive door to a house: it is red, with wood-carved decoration and metal work over two rectangular windows.An attractive door to a house: it is red, with wood-carved decoration and metal work over two rectangular windows.

Looking down from a street to a very good view of the blue sea spread out below.Looking down from a street to a very good view of the blue sea spread out below.

Close-up section of a rocky cliff. The strata deformed into interesting shapes.Close-up section of a rocky cliff. The strata deformed into interesting shapes.

Tatiana by the sea.Tatiana by the sea.

The sea with a rocky outcrop to the left. Here there are ruins of a 13th century stone Venetian bridge and castle (unfortunately not in shot).The sea with a rocky outcrop to the left. Here there are ruins of a 13th century stone Venetian bridge and castle (unfortunately not in shot).

Tatiana and Tony sitting at the base of the Statue of the Unknown Sailor. It is dedicated to all those sailors who have died at sea. Located in a marble square with views of the sea below.Tatiana and Tony sitting at the base of the Statue of the Unknown Sailor. It is dedicated to all those sailors who have died at sea. Located in a marble square with views of the sea below.

Kythnos Island, 15-16th June 2013

Cyclades, Greece

15th June

Kythnos town (Hora)

Comfortable chairs at a street cafe in Kythnos town (Hora). The rear of a small church opposite.Comfortable chairs at a street cafe in Kythnos town (Hora). The rear of a small church opposite.

Tatiana sitting on one of the chairs.Tatiana sitting on one of the chairs.

Dryopida, a village located towards in centre of the island

View across the rooftops of Dryopida to a hill beyond.View across the rooftops of Dryopida to a hill beyond.

A closer shot towards the hill, which is covered with yellowed grass and traditional stone walls. A small church half way up. Two traditional windmills can just be seen right on the ridge of the hill.A closer shot towards the hill, which is covered with yellowed grass and traditional stone walls. A small church half way up. Two traditional windmills can just be seen right on the ridge of the hill.

View over a small stone-paved square.View over a small stone-paved square.

A street with a couple of shops. A woman sweeping up outside.A street with a couple of shops. A woman sweeping up outside.

Heading up a pleasant narrow street. A yellow-painted building in front.Heading up a pleasant narrow street. A yellow-painted building in front.

Tatiana standing in a narrow street, touching the metal wheel of a cement mixer.Tatiana standing in a narrow street, touching the metal wheel of a cement mixer.

Quiet narrow back street lined with white walls. A few steps heading up hill in front.Quiet narrow back street lined with white walls. A few steps heading up hill in front.

A longer flight of uneven stone steps.A longer flight of uneven stone steps.

View looking down with a church with a pair of blue domes on its roof in the middle distance.View looking down with a church with a pair of blue domes on its roof in the middle distance.

Tony and Tatiana in another narrow street with a tall shrub with red flowers hanging above. Couple of small café tables behind them.Tony and Tatiana in another narrow street with a tall shrub with red flowers hanging above. Couple of small café tables behind them.

View from a restaurant terrace towards a traditional windmill: cylindrical in shape with white stone walls and a thatched roof.View from a restaurant terrace towards a traditional windmill: cylindrical in shape with white stone walls and a thatched roof.

16th June

Merihas, the Island’s port

Flowers and plants by the side of a road.Flowers and plants by the side of a road.

View across a road to the beach and sea. Shaded café tables on the beach.View across a road to the beach and sea. Shaded café tables on the beach.

A busy outdoor café by the beach.A busy outdoor café by the beach.

Tatiana sitting at a café table.Tatiana sitting at a café table.