Art of the Aegean Sea

Greece, the Mainland, the Islands, the people, the culture. Extremely impressive. Extremely efficient. Jaw-dropping kind of inspiring.

I was literally awestruck the entire journey.

Traveling Greece this summer made me hate my camera. I was so taken by the picture-perfect moments all around me that I could not bear to look away, or look through camera lenses, but there were so many stunning moments that lasted forever I found the time to capture a few (okay like a few hundred but beside my point).

One of the best thing you can do for yourself in Greece is take the ferry and just go somewhere, just do it.

Let me tell you about the ferry ride.

The excitement starts building from the moment you wake up intent on going on an adventure. Lets say you are leaving from Athens, take Metro line 1 towards Piraeus (from 5 am till just after midnight). The terminal station is just across the street from the port. If you’re coming from or going to the airport, change lines at Monastiraki station.

Piraeus

Piraeus is Greece’s main port – the largest in Europe. It is the hub of Greece’s maritime industries and the base for its merchant navy. Facilities at the port include ATM’s, bureau de change, restaurants, cafes, bars and a number of travel agencies selling ferry tickets. Destinations served by the port include the island of Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the eastern parts of Greece and parts of the northern and eastern Aegean Sea.

Get there at least an hour before departure so you can get your ticket at the port entrance.

Greek Cheese Pie

Now head back across the street and get yourself a Cheese pie (A Greek Cheese Pie is a savoury pie that is made with phyllo dough. Either homemade or ready-made phyllo pastry sheets. It is filled with a creamy feta cheese filling and cooked until golden and crispy. It’s utterly delicious and packed with cheesy goodness).

Pair the cheese pie with a Greek frappé . Sit at the cafe and watch the going ons around you.

Ferries in Greece

Ferries in Greece are massive, in the true sense of the word. These blue and white wonders fascinated me, watching the way they come into a port is like watching an intricate sport, one that displays brawn and pirouettes in stunning synchronicity.

A ferry will approach on the horizon at a fast clip, just as it gets into the actual port it will drop the anchor while making a reverse U-turn towards the dock, smooth and sweet as a ballerina’s twirling skirt, the ferry will spin until it slows to a halt, and just like a ballerina it will pause there awaiting its thunderous applause.

I am awed.

Meanwhile Greeks are unimpressed in their normal fashion of “Great expectations met, and found wanting.”

Cruising the Aegean Sea was a veritable visual feast of which my gluttony held no limits. Look around, look up, and look down. See the art of the Aegean all around you.

 

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Samantha McLeod

Vancouver based food and travel writer.

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