Monday, September 08, 2008

A touch of Folegandros

My friend Katerina Nomikou visited the Greek island of Folegandros last month and took these gorgeous photos. When I saw them I had to ask for her permission to share them with you.


Folegandros belongs to the Cyclades, an island group in the Aegean Sea that is made up of 220 islands, mostly uninhabited. Folegandros is one of the smaller and less well known ones, and that, in a sense, is its allure.


The Cycladic architecture is characterised by flat-roofed whitewashed houses, blue doors and windows, and narrow stone paved streets. Barren mountains and rocky formations, blue sea and striking blue sky make up the rest of the picture. The only place in Greece where you will come across this cubic style is in the Cyclades. The rest of the country is nothing like it.


It just occurred to me - this is very Mamma Mia, isn't it? You almost expect Meryl Streep to burst in followed by 100 demented villagers and a group of young men in swimming trunks and flippers.


Now for a poll: guess which book Katerina took to the beach :-)

21 comments:

cook said...

υπέροχες φωτο...αλλα στη Φολεγανδρο ακομη δεν κατάφερα να παω..

Kate said...

Wow it looks amazing. Now I know where I want to go next summer. Did she use some sort of filter on her camera?The colours are so vivid. That's an awesome book she had with her. I loved it. A great read.

Tinsie said...

@ Cook: Ούτε κι εγώ :-(

@ Kate: I'm not sure what she's used, I would think she's used a tripod at the very least. She's a photographer by trade so she must have some tricks up her sleeve.

The only problem with Folegandros is that the ferry takes 9 hours. Not sure I could stand it.

katerina said...

not anymore! It's only 3 hours from the port of Pireaus
with the Highspeed Catamaran .

Tinsie said...

That's brilliant!! 3 hours is just the right length of time :-)

Kali said...

The Island ;)

And a what a beauty it is...Katerina's photos are amazing!

p.s. thanks for dropping by and commenting over at mine :)

Karen said...

#22 Hitler's Canary
#23 The Island

Ropi said...

Nice photos. I saw something similar on Nysiros.

Tinsie said...

@ Kali & Karen: You are both correct :-)

@ Karen: I've not read The Island either. I suspect you'll get to it first, and I'm looking forward to your comments!

@ Ropi: I've not been to Nysiros, but I imagine the architecture is quite similar.

Per Stromsjo said...

Didn't see the film so I can't comment on Meryl in swimming trunks (or whatever;) but these are some LovelyShotsDotCom. Thanks for sharing to both of you.

Loops said...

She probably used a polarising filter on her lens, possibly also a neutral density one too if it was really really bright :)

Tinsie said...

@ Per Stromsjo: Glad you like the photos :-)

Mamma Mia is quite enjoyable, you should see it (but not if you don't like Abba).

@ Loops: Ι knew you'd have something to say on the subject!

Per Stromsjo said...

I don't mind a bit of Abba now and then so I just might go check it out one of these days... Thanks for the recommendation.

Tinsie said...

Do, I'm sure you'll enjoy it! You don't get to see Meryl Streep in a swimsuit, but you'll see Stellan Skarsgård's bum (very briefly)!

If you're interested, you can read my review here. I'm off to see it a second time next week, despite my initial reservations :-)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

That first image in incredible!

Lesley said...

Wow, wonderful shots! They make me want to visit, however long the ferry ride is! Thanks for sharing.

C´est la vie said...

Nice blog! :)
Thanx for vitisting me. I know that you can read my Swedish blog if you translate it with Google. Write translate in Google and I think you can find the program, then translate my blog! Easy! :)
I am going to link someday to it.I tried to translate to French. It was very funny to see. :)

Have a nice Sunday!
Lina

Per Stromsjo said...

I read your "two hours in a dark room" review... ;)

Well, do let us know your verdict after viewing it a second time!

Tinsie said...

@ Per Stromsjo: Will do!

giannis k. said...

wow.. very beautiful place and even more beautiful photos!

bravo Tinsie.. and Katerina ;-)

Tinsie said...

Thank you - on behalf of Katerina too!