One of my favourite questions when meeting new people is whether they would visit Venice in winter or summer. The answer speaks volumes about people. Venice is a zoo in summer, a wonderland in winter. The Greek islands… whilst nowhere near as bad as Venice, are not dissimilar to that. There are the countless obvious pleasures to be experienced in summer… that’s a certainty. But there is a certain charm in winter, a stillness, a tranquility, a serenity which you can’t feel in summer. It’s not for everyone… but if you’re like me you would love to cruise,visit, photograph and just simply walk slowly through the jewels of the Aegean in the crispness of winter.
the first stop was the small island of Folegandros… it’s tiny, it’s still
largely undiscovered & it’s gorgeous !
in summer this jetty looks quite different… a lot more people waiting to
board and even more waiting on the boat to walk out onto this beautiful island!
watching these captains make their approach to these small
ports is like watching a very well rehearsed ballet.
The ferries are not small, but these guys
make it look like a slow tango… precise and graceful.
the visit is over in under ten minutes in winter… and
the skies cleared long enough for a couple of photos
of the “absolutely crystal clear” waters with the island background
one of the most recognisable flags in the world… looking
at this picture it’s not hard to understand where
the inspiration for the colours came from…
next up was Sifnos… the weather had already turned, the ominous skies
bathed the small island in a luminous grey…
this island is another hidden treasure of the Aegean… enjoyed by the few
that “know” of it’s rugged beauty
another quick stop… the few locals and ever fewer visitors boarding
the boat for which they have waited all week
– it’s not easy living on a small island in winter
even under the darkened winter skies the colour of the Aegean
remains stunning…there is nothing like it elsewhere
in Europe & these small islands are surely the
jewels in the Aegean crown
last stop was Serifos… an island that was always on my shortlist
when considering life on the Greek islands.
after last week’s post many of you emailed saying you would’ve flown
instead of taking the boat in rough weather…
looking at these images I think mine was a better decision ;-)
as the sun set over the Aegean horizon I sat back and reflected on where I was,
the number of years I had dreamed of being here and the numerous people who
have written to me with their dreams of sailing the Aegean and experiencing
the magic of the Greek islands.
Watching that winter sunset… I thought that there was no other place
in the world I would rather be !
I’m considering visiting some more small islands in winter… would you like to see them?