A few of the most important highlights from Torbens 3'rd tour in 2009.

This tour began with a small jeep-safari (128 km.) with some friends, who had visited Samos several times. But they had (to my opinion) never seen the real Samos - Now they have!...

The next day Jan & I took a tour to the top of Mt. Kastro. From home I had calculated that it should be possible from one spot on the top of the mountain (directly above the Eupalinos tunnel) to look to both sides of the mountain and see the points Eupalinos used when planning the tunnel.

My calculations were right, and we found the point - so now I can finish my story (theory) about the tunnel.

The third day on Samos I got a big gift: An "old" Suzuki TS (enduro). It had been standing for about 6 years and not been used, but it was in very good shape. So after 4 days work it looked as new and now all the paperwork is done with registration and insurance.

Jan and I have been working on our project with registration og all the small churches in the Kokkari area. We have now covered about 75-80%.

In Kokkari there were 4 water mills. 2 used for wheat, 1 for pressing olives and finally one for making ice. More will come about the mills later.

I had 3 weeks with very nice weather - lots of sun, 24-31 degree and only 2 days with a little rain.

  • After 4 days work Torben had his first testdrive in the mountains on his 'new' off-roader.After 4 days work Torben had his first testdrive in the mountains on his 'new' off-roader.
  • Kokkari in the backgroundKokkari in the background
  • Mount Kastro seen from The Roman Bath by PythagorionMount Kastro seen from The Roman Bath by Pythagorion
  • This might be the point used for construction of the tunnelThis might be the point used for construction of the tunnel
  • To the south the tunnel exit is visible..To the south the tunnel exit is visible..
  • and to the North the area with the spring.and to the North the area with the spring.
  • North-West more than 20 caves, where they probably took material to the covered pipeline.North-West more than 20 caves, where they probably took material to the covered pipeline.
  • A look at the top of Mount Kastro with the townwall.A look at the top of Mount Kastro with the townwall.
  • Still warm and nice in KokkariStill warm and nice in Kokkari
  • but most of the restaurants are now closingbut most of the restaurants are now closing
  • and the cats are taking over..and the cats are taking over..
  • closedclosed
  • Meravilia still openMeravilia still open
  • Nice coloursNice colours
  • Here is something to do in the winter time.Here is something to do in the winter time.
  • Sunshine and warm waterSunshine and warm water
  • 'Slamming' octopus'Slamming' octopus
  • The kids enjoy the good weatherThe kids enjoy the good weather
  • Not many people on the beach hereNot many people on the beach here
  • but 100 m. further West some enjoy the 27 degree C.but 100 m. further West some enjoy the 27 degree C.
  • From the road between Samos & NisiFrom the road between Samos & Nisi
  • Church on top og the island. No other buildings!Church on top og the island. No other buildings!
  • Road chapelsRoad chapels
  • Old and traditional.Old and traditional.
  • New & ??. Might be after a car accident.New & ??. Might be after a car accident.
  • We visited the remains of the 4 old water mills in Kokkari. The tour began with half an hour heavy rain.We visited the remains of the 4 old water mills in Kokkari. The tour began with half an hour heavy rain.
  • Tony inspecting the 'heart' of a wheat mill.Tony inspecting the 'heart' of a wheat mill.
  • The nozzle and the horisontal mill wheelThe nozzle and the horisontal mill wheel
  • Jan standing on the edge of the reservoirJan standing on the edge of the reservoir
  • the reservoirthe reservoir
  • Just outside Kokkari - remains of reservoir-towerJust outside Kokkari - remains of reservoir-tower
  • the reservoir is visible on the topthe reservoir is visible on the top
  • After a long and wett walk we found the mill which produced ICE!!After a long and wett walk we found the mill which produced ICE!!
  • Tony warned Jan: Take care that tree is rotten.Tony warned Jan: Take care that tree is rotten.
  • Part of the old ice machine - a long iron tube.Part of the old ice machine - a long iron tube.
  • Big new & small old house as neighboursBig new & small old house as neighbours
  • One of the many (>20) churches by Kokkari.One of the many (>20) churches by Kokkari.
  • outside the churchoutside the church
  • the church insidethe church inside
  • Area to the South of KokkariArea to the South of Kokkari
  • garden gategarden gate
  • heavily secured!heavily secured!
  • Tiny and very tired lizard. Had been swimming around in a pool for 1-2 hours.Tiny and very tired lizard. Had been swimming around in a pool for 1-2 hours.
  • VERY TINY...VERY TINY...
  • blackberryblackberry
  • FlowersFlowers
  • Old and new side by side.Old and new side by side.
  • Narrow passage by Profile Bar.Narrow passage by Profile Bar.
  • roof decorationroof decoration