Travellers Greek Islands

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The Thomas Cook Traveller to Greek Islands comes from the world's leading travel experts and has everything you need to plan the perfect trip. Inside you'll find: the top sights and the less well-known ones; walks and tours with clear maps; places off the beaten track; special features on cultural background and other aspects; holiday hints and tips; A-Z of essential information; advice on shopping, eating out, sport and nightlife. This guide also includes a free CD with website links. Each CD is packed with ...
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The Thomas Cook Traveller to Greek Islands comes from the world's leading travel experts and has everything you need to plan the perfect trip. Inside you'll find: the top sights and the less well-known ones; walks and tours with clear maps; places off the beaten track; special features on cultural background and other aspects; holiday hints and tips; A-Z of essential information; advice on shopping, eating out, sport and nightlife. This guide also includes a free CD with website links. Each CD is packed with practical travel tips - from hotels and eating out to foreign exchange and booking information. (5 x 7 1/2, 192 pages, color photos, maps, CD)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841575476
  • Publisher: Cook, Thomas Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Thomas Cook Travellers Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (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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Table of Contents

(1) Background (2) First steps (3) What to see (4) Getting away (5) Directory (6) Index

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