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Day 11 - September 21 - Samos
Opened the balcony windows to see
another large scaled ferry had arrived overnight. Sunshine was
over the mountains - what appeared as large black voids last night.
After the customary full breakfast, it time
to locate another hotel since the Samos Hotel was sold out for the night.
Checked with a travel agency (mostly ferry service) next door to discover
that our scheduled trip to Turkey
and subsequent Ephesus tour may be cancelled due to a Customs Official
pending strike. Two weeks ago, a
24 hour strike was completed and another one - escalated to 48 hours - may
happen tomorrow. So, we can
see Turkey - only less than 1,000 meters away; however, may have to return
next year for a visit.
Located a nice hotel - Ino - located up the hill from Samos Town.
Stopped by and the outstandingly friendly
receptionist showed us around the mini Mediterranean type village - complete
with courtyard pool and endless
flora. Ended up with a Aegean sea view and balcony for only 10 Euros
more than our original hotel. Parking
was easy due to flat land with very easy entry and exit. Also, an original
unused villa is located on the property
with rustic faded red color and vines embracing the entire rear section.
Adventure day included tours of various benches and villages.
Encountered a mini Arkansas forest - complete
with pines, creeks, and waterfalls over large boulders. Hiked into the
trail until wooden stairs led up, up, and
up to a remote cafe. Down from the cafe was another trail leading to
additional waterfalls - the trails becomes
water based in the creek to access remaining upstream waterfalls.
Remainder of the day was viewing both rock and a few sandy beaches.
There is no coastal road so all are
terminated roads from the mountain roads. Along the peaks were modern
white metal windmills - a rarity that
a road drives by the base and can hear the deep 'swoosh' sound as the blades
Dinner was at the Hotel Ino - somewhat of a upscale event with appetizer
buffet, contemporary jazz music,
glass lighting features, and tables under a vine covered terrace. Our
Romanian summer worker waited on us
for the main course. Dessert was walnut cake (soaked in honey) and
shredded top baklava.
After a few episodes of West Wing (TV has front AV connection to the laptop)
and watching the sunset glow
over the Bay, time to retire in the matching twin beds.
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