Syros – 3

Heading south-west from Platia Miaouli and just inland from the Ferry Quay is the Church of the Dormition, containing the island’s most valuable work of art, a painting of the Assumption by a 20-year old El Greco. A few metres to the south-east of the square, on the street called Roidi, some umbrellas have beenContinue reading “Syros – 3”

Samos – 3

This is the third of five short pieces about my recent visit to the island of Samos in the Aegean Islands. Samos is only about two miles from the Turkish coast but is definitely part of Greece. The picture was taken by me and is of the interior of a church which is found insideContinue reading “Samos – 3”

Samos – 2

This is a short piece about my recent visit to Samos in the Aegean Islands of Greece. The photo is mine taken near the town of Pythagorio. Walking around the ancient harbour of Pythagorio, parts of which are 2,600 years old, the visitor soon comes to a statue of Pythagoras, who was born in theContinue reading “Samos – 2”

Samos – 1

I had arrived at the town of Pythagorio on the ferry from Patmos. Pythagorio is the Samian destination for ferries from the Dodecanese Islands. The port of Vathy on the northern side of Samos is the terminus for ferries to the other Aegean Islands, whereas Karlovassi towards the western end of Samos is the placeContinue reading “Samos – 1”

Titanic Belfast – 1

The iconic Titanic Belfast building is located on Queen’s Island, used for many years by the shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who built huge slipways and graving docks to accommodate the simultaneous construction of the ships Olympic and Titanic. The decline of shipbuilding in Belfast left much of the area derelict. Most of the disused structuresContinue reading “Titanic Belfast – 1”

Churches of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, one of the three Baltic countries that achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Tallinn has many houses of prayer, including a Roman Catholic Church, within its old town walls. The spires of some of these churches dominate the skyline. The old town is aContinue reading “Churches of Tallinn”