Greece (Athens, Sounion, Milos, Meteora). June 2018 (17 photos)

This is Part 6 of my Greece 2018 photo series, and also Part 25 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

Last week was my final post about Venice in this series. Now we make a final visit to Greece in this series.

Food is relatively cheap and portions are rather large throughout Greece. Locally made wine and beer is also plentiful and very enjoyable. It’s all conducive to lingering over a long lunch or a late dinner. The first thing I realised in Greece is that a true Greek salad does not contain lettuce, an ingredient more often included than not in Greek salads I’ve had in Sydney. Anyway, this final presentation about Greece will be like a salad, a mixture of photos from the various locations I visited; my Greek Salad Mix. I promise there’s no lettuce added.

The first photo is the coastal village of Klima on the island of Milos. To the right you can see some outdoor shade umbrellas marking the site of the restaurant which hosted me till about 11pm.

“Putting it into perspective”

The Monastery of Varlaam at the UNESCO world heritage listed site of Meteora.

“The long march”

Military detail after raising the Greek flag at the top of the Acropolis site. They start their march from the entrance gate down at the bottom of the Acropolis citadel.

“A moment to pause”

A roadside memorial on the way to the coastal village of Mandrakia, on Milos.

“Waiting impatiently”

There are a lot of cats in Athens. I took this one whilst wandering around the Plaka. I guess it was close to feeding time.

“Καλημέρα – Good morning”

In the seaport village of Adamantas, Milos.

“A different view of the Mediterranean”

Over on the eastern side of Milos is the area of Thiorichia. Apart from a beautiful beach and clifftop views until forever over the Mediterranean Sea, there is an abandoned sulphur mine.

“Exploring the past”

The mine was at its peak in the 1930s and closed in the 1960s. The area is unpatrolled and nothing is fenced off. Depending on how agile you are, the rusty transportation facilities, sulfur mines, the deserted offices, the accomodation quarters and all the old machinery and abandoned tools and sundry objects are there to be photographed.

“Echoes of the past”

“Tunnel vision”

Taken inside a tunnel leading to the mines, looking back to the Mediterranean. The sulfur and rust have turned parts of the area and soil vibrant colors in hues of red, yellow and brown.

“You will believe that Draco can fly”

The Monastery of Varlaam again, this time from above.

“Don’t forget to look up”

Adamantas, Milos.

“Shadow play”

In the Plaka, Athens.

“Greek Taverna”

There aren’t many traditional tavernas remaining in Athens but this is one of them. The family were having a discussion whilst I was wandering around photographing the place. This is a composite of 3 photos. I recommend the stuffed squid should you happen by this way.

“Moonlight over Milos”

‘Sounion gold”

Standing on the western aspect of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, this is the landscape one sees as the sun starts to set.


After having dinner and waiting for it to fall dark I took this photo of the Temple of Poseidon, zooming in as I did so.

I hope you’ve been enjoying this tour of Europe with me. However, my posts about Europe will come to an end before the month of October is out. Then I’ll have something new for you.

This is Part 6 of my Greece 2018 photo series.
This is Part 25 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Greek Salad Mix


81 thoughts on “Greek Salad Mix

    • I didn’t have a bad meal in Greece, and I never went hungry. 🙂 Greek food in Sydney just isn’t the same to me now having been to Greece.
      Thanks, all to be revealed in good time.

  1. Amazing photographs as always. That monastery looks amazing and next to impossible to get to! The cats look about like my house — LOL! That abandoned mine looks fascinating but also looks like a place looking for an accident! HA! Great captures as always!

    • Thank you. I can imagine you’re used to the whims and needs of multiple cats. 🙂 The mine seemed safe enough at the time, but I know from watching movies, not to touch anything or make sudden loud noises in places like that. 🙂

    • Thank you. The abandoned mine gave me quite a few good photographic opportunities. The taverna was a very interesting place. Wine barrels lined other walls, with other interesting internal decor items.

    • Thank you. I can only guess at the sheer determination and the hrs work required to build in that location. Yes, I have a few from inside but mostly photography was not allowed. The monasteries are incredibly beautiful inside.

  2. I like Greek salad, with or without lettuce. But I’ll definitely pass on the cabbage! I like the shots of the monasteries and that last one of Poseidon’s temple. I would also be sure to be on very firm rock (and not to close to an edge) when taking any photos. I’m not good with heights, so I’d probably be back from any drops anyway.


    • Athens, Milos and Meteora are so completely different yet all so very Greek. I loved it there. Yes, always be aware of your surroundings when you take your photos. Fear is quite a sensible emotion at times.

  3. A wonderful Greek salad Draco! Great to see more of Meteora again and I especially love the images of the cats waiting to be fed and the Sounion sunset. This has been some trip and I look forward to seeing where you will take us next! ;o)

    • Thank you very much, Xenia. It was a wonderful holiday with plenty of photographic opportunities. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by what is to come from next month.

  4. I love Greek salad (definitely sans lettuce) but I never found a decent Greek wine and that Retsina is like paint stripper! Give me a nice Aussie Shiraz any day 🙂

  5. Delicious post, Draco. Interesting…no lettuce in a Greek salad. Hope the Greek fare over there was great. Bit of a daredevil walking across those abandoned mines. Come and go as you please 😊

    • Thank you. It’s true, an authentic Greek salad should not have lettuce in it. Try telling that to all the Greek food shops locally. LOL 🙂 I didn’t have a bad meal there – all good. Had to make the most of the abandoned mine – places like that here would be fenced off.

  6. Heide says:

    Your images are mind-blowingly beautiful — and original and clever too, like the “shadow play” that gives us two textures in one frame. Fascinating also that visitors are allowed to explore the old sulfur mine so freely. In the United States that thing would be behind so many fences that it would pass for a maximum-security prison! Anyway … fantastic photos, every last one of them!

    • Yes, the music. You do know it. Apart from the area outside, it has a really nice atmosphere and if I remember correctly there’s an Australian connection in the kitchen. Thank you so much.

  7. I’m so spoiled by your Europe tour, Dragon!
    All were beautifully taken, but the last one is breathtaking. Dragon can fly, I believe! Awesom!!!

  8. That Temple of Poseidon photo gave me goosebumps. So awe-inspiring. What a beautiful retrospective of your visit to Greece. Those cats look pretty well fed for being strays.

  9. Alexandra says:

    Gorgeous photos from Greece, Lignum!! (btw, I was sure you were talking about Greece 🙂 ) Did you like it there? you’ve captured it beautifully… the sun, the colors, the history and the good life 🙂

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