After crossing Lago de Izabal a short muddy hike takes you to the hot springs waterfall. Finca Paraiso is beautiful , a scorching hot waterfall which blends with an icy cold river which you will be privileged to share with a relative few.
Dingos were not our only issue.
Built by Alexius Comnenus I, this beautiful 11th century monastery perched up a steep cliff was built as an ode to the Grace of Panagia. Grace of Panagia who is also known as the Virgin Mary is the saint protector of the island and her icon was believed to have arrived on an unmanned boat from Palestine.
Once suitably dressed i.e men to wear trousers and women long skirts, you are greeted by monks who act as guardians to this historical building. After a short tour around this marvel,filled with portraits of monks and other important treasures as well as taking in the breath taking views of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You are invited to sit down and are served with refreshments in the form of Honey Raki and loukoumi which is the very tasty Greek version of Turkish delight.
Leaving the harbor we ventured up, into the center of the island to visit Hora.Hora is considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in the cyclades.
Blissfully quiet the narrow white washed streets were just waking up post afternoon siesta.Around every corner seemed to be another church or square lined with houses covered in beautiful flowers.As the temperature dropped we found shelter from the stiff breeze with a warming drink in one of a number of cosy bars on offer in town and the night wouldn’t be capped of without to token free shot of the “psiméni” raki.
Walking around the small fishing village of Ksilokeratidi how many cats would you expect to see when you turn down one road?
These pictures don’t do the situation justice, they were everywhere up trees, on the wall etc. No food or obvious encouraging factors just a slightly intimidating situation.
The small beach of Liveros remains home to the shipwreck of the merchant ship Olympia.It ran aground on the reef back in 1979 on a return trip from Cyprus.Efforts to tug the boat out failed leaving the wreck an iconic landmark and tourist of the island of Amorgos.Half of the boat is now submerged under the sea, the rusty dilapidated remains battered and beaten by the waves.The wreck was made famous when Luc Besson used it in the filming of the movie “big blue”.
Ios is awash with beautiful whitewashed churches, with unique features (basilica with dome) and their old icons. In Hora alone there are said to be 26 small and large churches, many of which are Byzantine.
The cathedral of Ios is easily recognizable and dominates the center of Hora.Originally it was named Ayios Nikolaos however at a later date renamed to Evangelismos.
The pure and simple architectural of the Panagia Gremiotissa sits high up on a privileged location ,overlooking the sea and the rest of the island.
A snapshot of a cold and wet Rio yet still intoxicating.