“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea & drink the wild air”

The Island of Milos. Greece. June 2018 (13 photos)

This is Part 4 of my Greece 2018 photo series, and also Part 18 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

My previous post was about Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, a city built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Let’s head south now to The Cyclades, a group of 220 islands in the Aegean Sea and return to its southwesternmost island, the Island of Milos.

“Gratuitous view of the Mediterranean Sea from the cliffs of Thiorichia”

“Adamantas Streetscape”

“Outlook from the town of Adamantas”

“Traditional”

Sun dried. Air dried.

“Greek Blues”

I was struck by the shade of blue used to paint the railings, window frames and shutters of this building in Adamantas. I still haven’t worked out what the inspiration for that shade of blue was yet. πŸ˜‰

“A Terrace in Pollonia”

“Mandrakia Moments”

“More Mandrakia Moments”

In the background on the hilltop is a church. On the other side, the hill descends to the Mediterranean Sea and the scene in the first photo of this post.

“On Golden Pond”

Klima, actually.

“Serenity now”

Still in Klima.

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea & drink the wild air”

After arriving to Milos by ferry and checking into my accomodation my first order of leisure was to find a seafood restaurant. I enjoyed a long lunch seated at a waterside table in the sun, protected by a shade umbrella with a cool breeze blowing. Going into the restaurant to make use of the amenities, I saw the sign above. I think it makes a great motto for life on a Greek Island.

“Man in Mandrakia”

This man was trying to move a bench into a better spot in the sun. I gave him a little help to move it and he was very grateful. He let me take his portrait. Via a local interpreting, he told me he had lived most of his life on Milos and one of the boats in the bay in the photos above was named for his wife. He told me his age – I’ll just say I was astonished to hear he is closer to 90 than 80.

I honestly think there is something to be said for living in the sunshine, swimming in the sea and drinking the wild air on a Greek island.

This is Part 4 of my Greece 2018 photo series.
This is Part 18 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Live in the Sunshine, Swim in the Sea & Drink the Wild Air

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76 thoughts on “Live in the Sunshine, Swim in the Sea & Drink the Wild Air

  1. gorgeous, Draco. I dont get much time to read blogs these days, but I always love seeing yours. Sounds like a great motto for life, live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air. Here’s to drinking wild, fresh air. πŸ™‚

  2. Loved the cloud play in mandrakia and will be willing to trial sunshine, sea and wild air to see if I live longer than those exposed to overcast, land and pollution.

  3. Sounds like a great motto for life, live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air. Could almost be Cornwall when the sun shines! Which it isn’t today. So glad you revisited Milos for us, great images of what seems to be a typical Greek island. Blue and white always makes me think of Greece. Or possibly St Ives πŸ˜‰
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  4. Greece is a beautiful country – not least the islands. I have been to some of them – your post is beautiful, and so… Greece. I love that sign and its saying, and fell in trance on seeing that house against the same sky blue shade. Amazing.
    I have not been to Milos – but my dog, Milo, comes close…And you made me start longing for their food again. And drinking that wild air.

  5. How beautiful! What an ideal place to take vacation. I’m so jealous!
    Man in Mandrakia looks great, it has to be the sun, sea, and air. πŸ™‚ His sweet smile reminds me the gentleman I met in Monteroso, Italy, who was in his late 70s. He biked in the hilly country everyday, also spent time to repair windows, doors, and furniture of the hotel he owned. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. Each town/area on the island offered so much beauty. I spent a while photographing the bell tower, as well. That man was very friendly and kind to let me photograph him. There’s something about the Mediterranean air, sun and food. πŸ™‚

  6. Stunning photos as always, Draco. That shade of blue makes me feel that they are living in heaven. Looking at the portrait of that closer-to-90 man, maybe they do live in heaven! And drying fishes… no flies?
    Have a great day.

    • I decided to save several of your posts and read them one after the other. I thought that was a good idea πŸ˜‰ Wow… I think this is too much joy in one dose. Ha.

    • Thank you very much. There definitely is something in the air there. The drying fish were in a mesh cabinet. Air could flow through but flies wouldn’t be able to. I saw those cabinets quite often at restaurants there. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  7. That unreal blue sea, so very Greek! It’s sublime, isn’t it, Draco? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love all of your shots but the one that speaks to me most is the Terrace in Pollonia. It reminds me so much of one we had at a tiny place, Pefkos, in the south of Rhodes. And those harbours that follow! I do love a harbour πŸ™‚

      • Did I mention to you a guy called Andrew Petcher? I don’t know if your paths have crossed in the blogs. He used to be my ‘go to’ expert on all things Greek and introduced me to Milos many years ago. He’s a nice guy. Writes with a sense of fun but with deep historical knowledge. πŸ™‚

  8. When I saw the first shot, I thought I smelled the salt air of the sea. As for the blue, I would think the inspiration comes from the blue of the sea, so evident in the second photo. I remember that blue. So blue-tiful! πŸ™‚

    janet

  9. Heide says:

    So many of these images are magazine-worthy, Draco β€” BRAVO! And not only do I admire your eye, but your creativity too in capturing so many little moments (from the fish drying to the lone strands of bougainvillea). I always feel as if I’ve been there with you through your extraordinary posts. Thank you so much for letting me tag along …

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