We're leaving Folegandros tomorrow for Santorini and I don't want to go. I've never been anywhere like this before.
Folegandros is a tiny Greek Island that is part of the group of islands, including Santorini, that make up the southern part of the Cyclades. The island is about 12 square miles and has only about 650 inhabitants and one paved road that travels the length of the island.
The island fills up with tourists during the high season of summer, but it is almost empty by the end of September. If you decide to travel here make it at the beginning or tail end of the season.
The buildings here are in the same style as Santorini, white stucco with blue doors and windows (the blue is meant to ward off evil). The buildings are built into the cliffside with winding passageways that were meant to confuse attacking pirates to let the inhabitants escape attacks. The island had a constant problem with pirates and attackers up until the 19th century.
(Above Taken by Sara)
View from our room right on the edge of the cliff. The first photo from yesterdays post was taken at our hotel, the Anemomilos Apartments.
Sara with the X100 - doesn't she look cute!
A couple of preliminary shots from Folegandros before bed. Much more tomorrow hopefully when I have a chance to write about the island. This place is heaven.
Here is the new article that was in the paper yesterday. To view a larger version click here.
1/125th at F2, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
I don't really like Athens very much. It's a dirty, disorganized, traffic plagued city that is very stressful. Not the perfect setting for a honeymoon.
But Sara had never been here and her grandmother offered to put us up in the Grande Bretagne for three nights. It's by far the nicest hotel I've ever been in, and a stark contrast with the surrounding city.
The rest of the city could be extremely beautiful, but it's just plagued with graffiti, dirt and run-down buildings. It's clear that they are having problems.
That being said, the Parthenon is the most incredible structure that I've ever seen. It's almost more impressive seen from afar, how it towers over the city.
But outside of our hotel, in the main square of Athens, is where the action is. Yesterday there was a large protest and a 24 hour transit strike that ends at 5am. Our cab for the ferry to the Islands is at 6, so hopefully we can make it there. I feel like the honeymoon officially starts when we get there. Between the wedding fatigue, jet-lag, and craziness of Athens it's been a tiring last few days here.
The first and last shots in this post were of protesters seen through the windows of the hotel restaurant.
My grandparents, Tony and Peggy.
Today is the wedding day and I thought it would be fitting to put some family wedding portraits up. Next stop Greece!
Sara's grandparents, Alice and Karl.
Sara's Grandparents, Pop and Gigi.
Sara's parents, Joyce and Mark.
My favorite portrait of my grandparents.
1/250th at F5.6, ISO 1600 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
1/250th at F4.5, ISO 800 (35mm) - Fuji X100.
This is my favorite photo of my grandfather, Anthony. I wish I could explain it :)
Or maybe not.
As we gear up for the wedding this Saturday I am scanning and fixing up some old photos of family members to display. The rest of the week will probably be a mix of street photography and these photos on the blog.
This is my grandmother Genevieve Maher, who I never met. This is the only photo that my dad has of my grandparents on his side of the family (while you all know how many photos my other grandparents took!)
This photo is gorgeous in color as well, but I'm doing all the photos in black and white to keep it consistent.
On another note, I'll probably be blogging with photos from the honeymoon in Greece as long as we have internet connection. I told Sara she could have exclusive use of our ipad for reading (I'll lug some real books) in exchange for letting me blog. See, I'm already getting used to the wheeling and dealing of these marriage compromises :)