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October 5, returning from Serifos. | Wired Cola

October 5, returning from Serifos.

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Rebecca gave me an adventure for my birthday. Just after midnight, she gave me an envelope with tickets to Serifos, a very small island. We went for a day trip on my birthday, and rented a scooter. It was also a great chance to use my other present, a pancake lens for the Pentax. All-manual, it was the only lens I brought. I needed noting else.
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We saw the island's lovely chora, another hilltop town with house upon house and only narrow pedestrian walkways and stairs between them, high upon a hill, overlooking but quite far from the contemporary port. Typical pirate-resistant town planning.
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We went to the Moni Taxiarchis, reputedly a monastery with only one monk. It was not open to visitors when we arrived, but we were chaperoned by some confrontational poultry that presumed we were a source of food.
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The adjacent church and surrounding cemetery was, however, open. And so was one other building, that looked like a church from the outside: an ossuary! Floor to ceiling, small boxes with names and dates of death or internment or exhumation, presumably holding the bones.
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From there, we jetted off to the site of the old mines and reputedly the good beaches. After a bogus detour to the dump, we found our way over dirt roads and barely-roads to a path, where we were able to walk down to a small, sandy beach where we were the only visitors, despite a very recent-looking improvised campsite. The beach had many rocks formations of interest, and we enjoyably climbed over them, peering into tide pools.
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We walked back to the bike just before sunset, rode back to the port, ate a good and surprising Italian meal with gusto, and then it was back aboard the ferry at 20:10 (only 5 minutes late, or Greek Early). A wonderful day.

(Many more Serifos photos here, plus a bunch of other Greece and Montreal pictures.