Infrequent ramblings while meandering around the world

Friday, July 28, 2006

::::: Zorba's (how Greek can you get) :::::

So, Pita sandwiches are a big thing over here.

Every island has these Pita/Giro/Crepe shops.
In Parikia, the best game in town is this joint called 'Zorba's'

(complete with dancing Zorba logo).

For about $4, you can eat and is an awesome place and I am a frequent flier there.Hmmm.... Time for Pitas and beer........ I think.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

::::: Tall Ship :::::
This beauty arrived yesterday in the Bay across from me.
She was obscured by a few hills so
I had to track a couple of miles to get a look at her.
By 9am today, she had disappeared.
This is one large boat. It is approx 275' in length.
I will post a comparison shot with other boats for reference.


The yacht on the left is a 34-footer, the sports yacht on the right in the foreground is a 55-footer...making the yacht behind.....a very big boat.

::::: More Antiparos :::::
It's a beautiful, if somewhat barren island, but almost totally unspoilt.

::::: Antiparos :::::
I do not have access to the correct photo editing software here so these shots have not been properly edited or cropped....that's a project for later....these shots are from Antiparos, a small island due west.....

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I am off to Naxos for the day.......

This island is full of stone walls like this, built without mortar.....

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Blogger is really slow for photo uploads so additional photos from Paros, Antiparos and Naxos will be uploaded later this week.

::::: Backstreets of Parikia :::::

::::: Elevated view of the coast in Parikia :::::

This is a view of the coast at Parikia......

Church in Parikia.....

Monday, July 24, 2006

::::: Paros Church :::::

So I climbed about 350 steps to see this church which is way up on a hill overlooking the bay.

::::: Doorways :::::

The doorways in the old town of Parikia are fascinating.
They are textured and weathered.
Most appear to have carried different colors at one point or other in the past.
The majority are now painted the 'de rigueur' cycladic blue.

One of the neighborhoods in the town has a communal orange tree which neighbors pick and leave the oranges out for anyone who needs them. It's like an orange tree honor system.....

Parikia Street Scenes

This is where I drink coffee every morning. Now it is a well known fact that I am a fervent disciple of Dunkin Donuts. In fact, if it were not for caffeine, most of what I have achieved in the last 10 years would not have been possible. Dunkin Donuts aside, the coffee and the view kick ass here.....

More Express Athina.......

Sunday, July 23, 2006

One month ago......

- I was dealing with the roof sh*tshow move in Boston.
- I was still dealing with the CT sh*tshow.
- Trying to transition responsibilities.
- Notifying vendors.
- Trying to basically get the hell out of dodge.
- Updating documentation for the boston LAN and ECS WAN.
- Doing updates to network devices.
- Trying to track and plan for my european shipment.
- Cancelling mail, bills, and settling up things.


- drinking coffee.
- staring at the sea.
- only concern is whether I have enough sunscreen.

There are many ways to live your life.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Apollo's Crib in Paros

Approaching Parikia

This ship was built in Tokyo in 1958. It plied waters in the far east for 40 years before being sold to a Greek shipping line. It was renamed with the unattractive but practical moniker of 'Sea Cement 1'. This is one battered ship. I could only obtain a few shots of it due to various interefences but you can see from this shot the weathering and age...
It transports the ingredients to make cement to each island, mixes the stuff on the dock at each port and fills up cement trucks with the result. Go figure.

These are shots taken in and around the old port town of Naxos.