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Yesterday we drove to Mesta, in southwestern Chios, our base for exploring the mastihohoria or mastic villages. These walled, fortified towns were the center of the mastic trade, which flourished on Chios from the 16th century to the end of Turkish rule. (Mastic was used to make chewing gum, flavorings, medicine, and fixatives.) Mesta is dark but beautiful. Pyrgi, which we visited today, is a work of art - full of black and white houses decorated in the Genoese sgraffito style. ...
This is our last day in Oia before we fly to Athens tomorrow morning.
We couldn't be bothered going anywhere in the bus so we stayed in Oia but it was quite hot this morning so we tried to find a way down to a platform we had seen at the edge of the sea.
We thought it might have led to a place where you could go for a swim but we soon found out that that was not really the case.
We discovered a pathway leading through the villas that ended in a very steep ...
... the cave house where we are staying, then another man led us the rest of the way.
Of course the restaurant was closed but when I rang the owner she came to meet us.
Oia is situated on the side of the mountain and all the houses have steep steps leading down to them so we were lucky that ours didn't have too many steps to lug the cases down. The villas cascade halfway down the hill.
The house is a little bigger than I expected so we have plenty of ...
... Olympics were in 1896. In the Ancient Olympics, men ran naked. Women were not allowed to watch. The men had several races in addition to running, such as discus, javelin and, of course, chariot races. The women only had one race and they ran in a dress with one breast exposed. We then went to the Museum where there were many statues and parts of statues which have been reconstructed. Following our visit to the Museum, we re-boarded our bus and went to a winery ...
... on our left and the island of Cephalonia on our right with the sun beginning to set was just
breathtakingly beautiful. For those of you who read the book, or saw the film, ‘Captain
Corelli’s Mandolin’, it was set and based on this island of Cephalonia.
Well, we’re now back on our island of St Marten, completely and totally different, but just
as wonderful. And the temperature is back up in the thirties. How ...