Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Poros is actually two islands connected by a very small bridge over a sea canal. Sphairia is the name of the smaller island where the main town is located. It is volcanic, formed by the volcano of Methana 45 minutes down the road. Last eruption 300 years ago.
The main town is built around the harbour with picturesque tiers of houses above connected by narrow streets built for donkey traffic, flights of very uneven steps often made from the volcanic rock and alley ways which are sometimes just a track between houses, used by locals when taking a shortcut.
These are photos of the main town looking up from the harbour.
Looking up from the yacht harbour and the 'Green Chair' cafe
This is the view coming in on the car ferry looking up to the Old Mill (behind the trees on the top of the hill) and the small church of St Athanasios.
There at the top is the church, a perfect place to sit and enjoy views of the mainland and savour the quiet, broken only by the eeyore of a donkey or the bark of a dog.
This time we are looking up to the blue and white clock tower. It is quite a steep climb up there but the view is awesome. You can see the harbour down below, tiny yachts and taxi boats and the houses of Galatas across the strait
A photo taken from the car ferry, once again looking up towards the clock tower
These steps climb up to a road above, a road without cars or motorbikes, accessed only by foot. Imagine living up there, or even higher, carrying up bags of groceries and life's esentials. You'll see a lot of the older women have bent legs and aching knees after many long years of scaling these flights of steps hauling heavy bags. And still they scramble up to their houses uncomplaining even in old age
Another flight of endless steps. In the last few years the council has at last provided handrails
Looking up to one of the impressive neo-classical buildings, flying the blue and white greek flag.