Published: June 9th 2012June 9th 2012
we had lots of wind this morning
After a great night's sleep we're ready for a day on Sea Cloud which has been sailing all night to the island of Syros where we'll dock but there are no excursions planned.
For those of you who know Toni's problem with sea sickness, you're probably curious how things are going for her . . . GREAT. She put the patch at noon on Thursday and she's been fine ever since. We haven't really had much rolling until this morning where the wind was quite fresh and still she's doing great.
Toni meets Bobbi for the morning exercise class on the foredeck while I catch up on some paper work for this blog. If you've been following along (and thank you for doing so) you'll figure out that the blog is now being updated sort sporadically and that's because I haven't had the internet but today I plan on finding a cafe in town to connect so I wanted to be ready to upload photos and commentary. Met up with Toni for breakfast and then enjoyed some time on deck watching the crew activity and reading our kindles (I'm reading a
new book about the Allman Brothers Band – it's really good). Then Toni went off to listen to John Meffert lecture about the differences between Roman Catholiscism and Otherdox Christianity which I joined for the last 20 minutes and then Dr Frank talked about art in the Bronze age which we missed to enjoy some time back on deck. Ken and Bobbi joined up and it was time to have lunch. Our friends from Guatemala, Michael and Guny, stopped in to chat. She is from Guatemala (raised in El Salvador) and Michael is from Germany and they have lived there for 30 years and have an equipment/packaging distribution business. Sea Cloud pulled in to the port city Ermupolis and tied up to the wharf as we were beginning lunch, so we'll take a walk around the town about 2pm. During this time, Ken gave me the login password and was able to get on line and upload a blog entry but not everything I wanted to. Toni said she wasn't up to going into town so Bobbi, Ken and I met at the bottom of the gangway and walked through Ermupolis and then found our way to the Plateia Miaoulis
or Syngamata (that means city square in Greek and every city has one) it's where the world's first monument to the Unknown Soldier, we saw the first theatre built in Greece and the then to Ayios Nikolasos (St Nicholas) and elegant Othodox church but our goal was to the top of the hill, some 800 steps to visit the Cathedral of St George. We arrived and had an incredible view of the city and harbor with blue Aegean waters as I've never seen before. While there we met Father Anduious Halas who invited us in to see the sanctuary and we asked him if he spoke English to which he said a little and 45 minutes later after learning that he'd lived in San Francisco for 2 years and Australia for 10 where he ran a successful business with his wife, he returned to Greece to take over the church here on Syros. We discussed the distressed situation in Greece and especially in Syros and how no one pays taxes, etc. then we had to leave to get back to the ship. Down at the wharf, Ken and Bobbi went on and I stopped to go to the ATM and
get some ice cream and try to log onto the internet but wasn't successful. Back on board, Sea Cloud left port and I found Toni and then went to the room to clean up and went to the bridge to talk about Sea Cloud, which is a 3 masted bark . . . meaning that it has 2 masts, two with squares! Sat and had drinks with Frank and Connie from Charlotte, NC then found Ken, Bobbi and Toni for dinner. Great evening and retired. We go to Patmos and an excursion.
There are more photos below