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?
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.
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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