Saturday, November 7, 2009

Stories of Ireon at night (part 2) / MyWorld

Part 2: the good and delicious food

Over the years I came to know a couple of taverns on Samos I really like to go to and spend some time there with friends. The musician Dimos first took me to this place in Ireon two or three years ago. Since then I like to go there again everytime I'm on Samos: the fish tavern "Captain Miltos"! Fresh grilled fish at its best!
And I especially like the sword fish fillet and the calamari, together with the rosé wine!

Imho it's not a spectacular tavern, rather a place at a dark corner which many tourists won't even take notice of when passing by.

This year I was lucky to be there twice, here are some of my photographic memories of the visits to this tavern:

"Our" swordfish fillets on the grill. "Lecker" as we germans say!

Well this here is our table, my "farewell to Samos table" on that evening on October 12th, filled with many delicious things.
Dimos ordered all of these via cellular phone when we were on our "race" from Balos beach to Ireon:

Swordfish fillet

Squid (Calamari, Kalamares)

Greek Salad (χωριάτικη σαλάτα)

Fried Eggplants (Melitzanes, Aubergines)

Rosé wine

Swordfish portion for two people (on that other visit):

After we had finished our meal, captain Miltos showed us what he fished out of the sea, e.g. a big tuna fish, weighing approx. 20 kg. And a swordfish.
Not so easy for him to hold up this big tuna fish for a while to allow me to take a good photo! (Maybe that's why he doesn't smile here anymore!)

Of course, Dimos wanted to act as a fisherman too, so here he poses in his Superman outfit ;-):

All good things come to an end, so they say ... it's time to say goodbye: The "Blue(s) Brothers" ;-), Captain Miltos together with Dimos.

I get the blues ;-) Bye till next year!

We enter the car and hurry back to Pythagorio. Dimos has only little time left to be in time for starting his music show in a hotel. And I walk slowly - and a bit tipsy I must confess - down the main street of Pythagorio and then up a side street to my studio to take a rest to get rid of some alcohol.
2 hours relaxing time and a warm shower before I will head down to the harbour. At 10:30 p.m. I will meet with Mike in the harbour in another nice place, Manolis' ouzeri called "Karafaki". For some special photographers conversation enhanced by greek "Mythos"! :-)

MyWorld Tuesday

Friday, November 6, 2009

Stories of Ireon at night (part 1)

Part 1: the drinkable ingredients

Well, more bottles of samian wine ..... , Dryoussa, Psilés Korfés, Golden Samena, Samaina sec, Fokianos, ....
..... and some hard drinks. Don't forget to try the local Souma and Ouzo! ;-)
And more stories to be told ....

You ask, where is this place? The full story will be revealed in part 2 together with photos of the delicious food there! :-)
You wanna guess? Here is some hint!

Curious about the wines of Samos? If you are interested in these wines, either dry or sweet, red, rosé or white, and where you can get them in your country, please pay a visit to the website of the Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos (EOSS).
Of course, in many taverns, you will find that local wines are served too as house wines.

Here a short excursion to the history of samian wines can be found .

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cats of Kontakeika

Four out of nine cats which I met in Kontakeika while staying on the platia for a couple of hours!

New friends for old cars

Holidays on Samos? Looking for a photo of a car wreck? Well, no problem, Samos is rich in old car wrecks!
A wealth of these rotten and forgotten vehicles can be found along the roads, partially hidden in forests or stuck in fields, and in the gardens around the houses. Since many many years!

The photo above is from the year 2006, this was my favorite car wreck. But it had been removed already the next year I came back to this place.

Old and rusty too: the following two photos were taken end of June 2006.

(interested in photos documenting the later stages of this vehicle after a new colour had been applied? Look here (HDR) and here.
A shot in b&w from 2009 is depicted here!)

Lately, Rainer Kastl has started a Samos vehicle/car wreck collection using latest technology. He has taken a lot of photos in October 2009 and positioned the vehicle wrecks he found according to their GPS data on a map of Samos! Now they are so easy to find, nobody can miss them anymore!

He collected 44 vehicle wrecks within his two weeks stay on Samos. And, in time, more and more examples will be added as points of interest to this map of vehicle wrecks on Samos. Isn't it astonishing, what you can do with modern technologies?

Here is the link to the vehicle/car wreck map.

I could contribute quite a few more, but I don't have GPS data.