Eight Shots From Ermoupoli

One aspect of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge that I’ve really enjoyed so far is that it’s provided a good opportunity to revisit photos that I haven’t looked at for quite some time. These photos of Ermoupoli are but one example of several that were hidden away on dusty external hard drives and in forgotten corners of my flickr account that will be resurfacing over the course of the rest of the month.

I posted from and about Ermoupoli (post 1 and post 2) and the island of Syros during my visit there in November of 2008, my first visit to the Cyclades so there’s no need to repeat most of that here. Only this, to give you a general idea about the city:

As the region’s capital and with its busy port, Ermoupoli (Hermoupolis) never seems to be out of season. It’s a clean, pleasant, and lively town of some 13,000, defined by its neoclassical, and primarily western European, architecture. Until 1860, its port was more important than its mainland brother at Piraeus. There’s a thriving café culture, and enough museums, galleries, shops and clubs in which to while away the time. The narrow streets of cobblestone and marble are fun to explore. Overall, Certainly worth more than a day trip.

I remember it mainly as an extremely relaxing getaway and break, one that’s only been matched since by another visit to a Greek Island (Paros) the following year. Off-season has a very distinct charm. Do you notice a trend, too?

Not every franchise works out

The eight pictures here are a part of a set of 43 from Syros that I’m making available via Creative Commons license for non-commercial use to anyone who’d like to use them on their non-commercial blogs, sites, etc. Just credit please as is listed with each photo on its corresponding page on flickr.

If you haven’t guessed,
E is for Ermoupoli
in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge 2012.
Check out more participants here.

My explanation for this is here.


These snaps are also this week’s contribution for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her website, Budget Travelers Sandbox. When you have few minutes to browse, check out Nancie’s photos and those of others who take part. You’ll see some great photos and visit some wonderful places. The direct link this week is here.

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  1. Michael (@easyhiker101) says

    Love those stairs!

    1. BobR says

      Yeah, me too. That house gave me lots of building/decorating ideas to ponder.

  2. Some fantastic shots here Bob! Love them all.

  3. Jackie Smith says

    You have some great photos here. Brings back memories of our travels there; our introduction to the Greek islands. . .it made us thirst for more. Too many islands and not enough time or money. . .beautiful shots.

    1. BobR says

      It was my first, too. Closest/quickest to Athens/port of Piraeus.

  4. Peggy Eddleman says

    Those pictures are incredible!! I think the second is my favorite. So amazing!

    I came via the A-Z blogfest. Nice to meet you!

    1. BobR says

      Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come by any time, not only during A-Z blogging months. 🙂

  5. Cathy Sweeney says

    Very nice photos of Ermoupoli . I especially like the ones showing people in their daily lives there. It’s nice to go back through old photos, isn’t it?

    1. BobR says

      Yes it is. Although they’re not really >that< old, they did bring back some interesting nuggets of memory.

  6. Country Skipper says

    Haha! That is the ultimate cat lady in your picture 🙂 Love how different all the shots are.

    1. BobR says

      Yeah, saw her in three different spots around town, each time feeding lots of cats.

  7. Mary @ The World Is A Book says

    Have always dreamt of visiting the Greek islands and these are a great variety of Ermoupoli. I love the last two pictures especially of the stairs. Those stairs had to be more impressive in person and seeing all the details on them.

  8. Oh Greece, how I long to visit you… Bob, wonderful shots! Your photos are always so crisp and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Jessica says

    There is something about the lady with the cats that is very intriguing. I love the blue door, too.

  10. Leigh says

    What a wonderful set of photos – and to think you’d all but forgotten about them. I really like the one with the mosaic and the stairs, and the old lady and the cats.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks Leigh. Have you been to any Greek islands? Got a favorite?

  11. […] Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece, 10-Nov-2008. Previously from the Island of Syros: ~ Cats, Sick Bags and Paradise: Syros Notebook ~ Off Season: Syros Notebook II ~ Eight Shots From Ermoupoli […]

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