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// AUGUST 2017
Hidden Secrets
Athens
Chios
Vrontados
Pantoukios
Lagkada
Marmaro
Kardamyla
Chios
Karies
Nea Moni of Chios
Avgonima
Anavatos
Lithi
Vessa
Agios Georgios Sikousis
Chios
Armolia
Pyrgi
Mesta, Greece
Olympoi
Mastic Museum
Volcano Beach Chios
Mesta
Limenas
Sidirounta
Volissos
Moni Agias Markellas
Epos
Vrontados
Chios
Oinousses
Athens
Mesta

Oinousses


8/12/2017
Oinousiotissa... at the reception!!!

When we returned to our hotel, the last night of our staying in Chios, we thought that since we were there, it would be pity not to visit even for one day the small, idyllick and beautiful island of Oinoussa, homeland of many famous ship owners. Our decision to take the small ferry and go there was taken, literally, on the spot and we never regretted it!

After having had our breakfast and having said our good byes, for sure this time, to our dear friend Ronald, we drove to the port. We would park our car there and we would pick it up on the way back to Chios, after having visited Oinoussa (part of Oinousses, a complex of 9 small islands, 8 of which are almost not inhabited).  

The day was beautiful and the weather perfect, so we had the chance to really enjoy the boat trip and to admire the sapphire color of the sea.

Trademark of Oinoussa is the bronze statue of a mermaid, seated on a cliff with a crown and a sailing ship in her left hand (“Oinoussiotissa”). This statue is the first thing that a visitor will see, while approaching the small island. The travellers are also welcomed by the statue of the Mother from Oinousses, who sees off her children when they leave on sea voyages.
 


The town is built amphitheatrically upon a hill and stands out for its very clean cobbled narrow streets. The idyllic settlement consists of many traditional luxurious two storey houses, which belong to rich ship owners for many generations and give an alluring finesse to the island of Oinoussa…
 


In antiquity the name of the island we visited was “Aignusa”, deriving from “aignos”, the ancient name of the osier plant which grows there. It is said that the today’s name of the island (Oinoussa) originates from the word “oinos”, meaning wine in Greek, a very proper name, since the island has always been famous for its excellent wine.

There are many churches and chapels in the island, predominant though is the Church of St. Nikolas, built in the centre of the town and ornamented with many offerings (St. Nikolas is the protector Saint of the sailors in Greek Orthodox Church).

The only settlement of the small island is built around the port and it has views to Chios Island. The impressive mansions that catch the eye of the visitor, when walking on the cobbled streets, speak of the financial strength of the island. Every summer the rich inhabitants who live abroad, most of them ship owners, return to Oinoussa for holidays, give life to the island and create cosmopolitan atmosphere. Oinoussa has a great and distinctive naval tradition. The island has schools of all levels of education, crowned by the Maritime Lyceum and the Merchant Marine Academy, the alma mater of more than 1,500 captains 
who deservingly serve the world’s merchant navy. There is also a cultural center and a public library worth visiting.
 


The Maritime Museum of Oinnouses is situated in the centre of the port, very near the point where the boat approaches the island. Within a little distance, one can see also the Town Hall, the schools, the bank, the post, the port authority office and also quite a few shops.

The Maritime Museum of Oinousses was founded in 1965 with the intention of presenting the rich naval history of Oinousses. Exhibits include model ships, paintings, nautical instruments, scripts and books, all related to the maritime tradition of Oinousses. All the items have been donated to the museum from families of Oinousses.

The museum is hosted on the Hall Pantelis Laimos, also donation of the famous ship- owners’ family Laimos.
 


Antonis Laimos, the prematurely lost mayor of Oinousses, had a great vision: the renovation and extension of the museum in parallel with its enrichment with new naval collections.

This vision was materialized by his brother, Nikolaos Laimos, who offered to Aignusa a modern and very interesting museum with admirable naval collections worth seeing.

In 1991 the Maritime Museum was inaugurated in its new form and richer than ever, since Nikolaos Laimos had offered his brother’s significant collections of model ships created by French prisoners held by the British during the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) and also other precious items created at that time. In parallel the museum became an institution funded by “captain” Nikolaos Laimos.

After having enjoyed strolling around the beautiful cobbled roads of the island and having admired its sightseeing, we walked along the port’s avenue and reached the lovely tavern Glaros. It had amazing views to the sea and to the nearby Pateronisi. We ate really fresh seafood and fish, tasted freshly cut salads and accompanied them all with ouzo. The serenity of the island in combination with the kindness and hospitality of the people filled us with joy and bliss.



After our meal we had great coffee at the «Yachting Club Oinousses».
 


Having treasured beautiful pictures and emotions, we returned to Chios Island, where we spent our last night in the hotel Chandris. The views of the town from our room were magnificent and the photos we took excellent!

Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7 days
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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