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S: Greek Islands Adventure 2010

BC: © 2011 All photographs and text in this book are copyrighted by Cliff and Mary Ann Cameron and cannot be used or reproduced without permission. To plan a similar adventure in the Greek Islands, check out www.avantitourism.com.

FC: Greek Islands Adventure | MAC and Friends October 2010

1: Take one fabulous Turkish guide and 12 good friends and put them on a gulet for almost two wonderful weeks.... sail around the Greek Islands ......and you have one great adventure!

2: The Zeus was our home while we were in the Greek Islands. And the crew was fantastic.... Captain Selo, First Mate Erdal, Cook Ali, First Mate's Assistant Ceto, and Sailor Adem.

4: we had plenty of time for the sweetness of doing nothing. Among other things, we enjoyed lessons in navigation, knot-tying and backgammon with our guide, as well as an impromptu traditional dance performance by the crew. | On the gulet......

7: Our first adventure happened before we even got to the gulet. On the way, our guide turned off the main road and we quickly found ourselves in an ancient city. We had the opportunity to explore while our guide helped us understand what we were seeing. We were fascinated by a craftsman sitting in the old city and creating wonderful works of tin and copper.

8: Rhodes was our first stop after leaving Marmaris. We spent the night in the harbor and took time to explore the next day.

10: Symi meant swimming. We stopped for lunch in a bay on this sleepy island where we had things basically to ourselves. The water was clear and warm and we couldn’t resist a swim. | S Y M I

12: The ancient city of Knidos is actually in Turkey but most easily explored from the water. We anchored here overnight. | KNIDOS

14: Nisyros | When we arrived at the small harbor, we were greeted by white-washed houses that looked as pretty as a picture. | was one of those storybook islands which typify the Greek Islands.

15: Its alleys and little streets just begged to be explored.

16: Nisyros is home to an active volcano. So we decided to rent a couple of cars and off we went to explore the crater for ourselves.

18: KOS | We arrived on Kos at mid-day. Our guide took us on a short walking tour and then we went back to the gulet for lunch. Afterwards, we were off again to explore the major sites, including the ancient agora.

20: Kalymnos | We stopped at this pretty island twice. That gave us the opportunity for some great explorations, including a hike to a mountaintop monastery, where there were views in all directions.

22: Then there were the Kalymnos fishermen.... and lessons for us.

23: Kalymnos is picturesque and famous for its sponges .... and there were many places to explore and enjoy.

24: Leros ...... picture perfect from every view. We anchored in the harbor and then went ashore for explorations....up to the castle with its beautifully decorated churches and great views.

26: Arki | None of us had ever heard of Arki. However, a "storm" meant we had the opportunity to spend time there. It ended up being one of our favorite stops. We shared a fish dinner (a 3 kilo red striped bass) at a local taverna and had time to explore this island which has lots of goats and 40 permanent residents.

28: Patmos We spent the day on Patmos as we were on our way from Arki to Lipsi. The highlight was a hike through town up to the Monastery of St. John.

30: Doors are always fascinating. On the hike up to the Monastery, there were several worth photographing.

32: Lipsi | We arrived on Lipsi in mid-afternoon....and found ourselves once again in a fishing village. We had time to explore including an interesting encounter with a gentleman and octopi.

34: We convinced our crew that we could fix dinner for THEM! So we shopped and then the ladies took over the cook's kitchen to prepare our evening meal.

35: Dinner was finally ready and included appetizers ahead of time. Afterwards, there was a gift for our guide and traditional dancing by the crew.

36: One of the joys of traveling in this part of the world is that there are wonderful adventures waiting in the most unexpected places. That happened to us when our time of the gulet was over and we were still in Bodrum. Our cook told us about his nearby village and invited us to join him for a tour of his village and lunch with his family. So we rented a van and took off. We were joined by several crew members as well. In an hour, we found ourselves in Iasos and were greeted by our cook, who proudly led us on a tour around his village and its ancient ruins. | IASOS

38: Later we were amazed at the items on view in the local museum. And before we left, we enjoyed a traditional Turkish treat of a gosleme lunch prepared by the cook's mother and family members.

40: Gümülük At the end of our journey we had some free time in Bodrum. We took a dolmus and did some exploring in the nearby village of Gümülük. We walked along the shoreline, watched a fisherman work on his boat, and climbed a nearby hill where we had views in all directions.

42: Eating...... We ate royally while we were on the gulet. Our cook made sure we were well fed.... whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We ate many of our meals on board. But we also enjoyed eating at tavernas and restaurants we found when we were anchored in island ports.

44: So it was an incredible journey.....made possible only by a great group of friends and a guide with enthusiasm that knows no bounds. We celebrated three birthdays and an anniversary, dealt with "storms" with blue skies and warm temperatures, and saw more goats than people on most islands we visited. And we ate fabulous meals, many created by a very resourceful crew. Thank you, everyone.

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