DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands

by Robin Gauldie, Marc Dubin
     
 

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of cities and towns.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans, and reconstructions of the must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of cities and towns.

DK's insider travel tips and essential local information will help you discover the best of the Greek Islands, from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, while practical information will help you to get around by train, bus, or car.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten up every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greek Islands truly shows you around this destination as no one else can.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756695088
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Series:
Eyewitness Travel Guides Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
330,854
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Old, gnarled, cross-legged fishermen mending bright yellow or dark crimson nets are one
of the everyday sights of the Greek islands, and no island harbour is complete without its flotilla of tiny, brightly painted fishing boats. Almost all of them bear the names of a local saint, who protects both boat and boatmen. This is a very traditional form of life insurance, and is reflected onshore in the tiny chapels dedicated to the Panagia (Virgin), built by grateful fishermen in thanks for their safekeeping and livelihood at sea. You can see traditional wooden caïques being built and repaired in the harbours of Kokkári and Karlovási on Sámos, Sými, Thásos, and at other island ports. If you look closely at the prow of one of these little vessels, you'll often see a diamond shape cut into the wood - a stylised version of the eye painted on the prow of the ancient triremes and a reminder that the captains of these little fishing-boats are descendants of the sailors who trounced the Persian fleet at Salamis.

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