Sunday, 30 July 2017

Where's Vic Today? .... Oh, It's The South Pacific.


I recently subscribed to Vic's World Travels Youtube channel. And the regularity of his globe
trotting visits around the world is something that most of us can only dream about.
And while most people work and toil for eleven months of the year and then blow their
 4 weeks holiday in some far off place, well Vic is literally off to some distant
exotic destination every week.
Although Vic Stefanu is an American citizen he bases himself here in London.
And by being based in London it apparently allows him to pop over and visit many
places in Europe and beyond.
In just the last week alone I've received at least 4 new Vic youtube alerts.  And he
was very quick to visit the Greek Island of Kos earlier this week despite the fact that
Kos suffered a huge earthquake on Friday 21st July.
There were other video alerts this week where Vic had visited Laos, Egypt and just
a few hours ago I received an alert that he was at the Central Fish Market in Kuwait.
Of course it is most likely that perhaps the videos had only just been edited and
posted up weeks after having actually visited there.

Above: Vic doing one of his side on views even though
it is him that is holding the camera. He is often prone
to unknowingly give us some rather scary looks into the camera
which I think is part of the Vic's charm.
 
Occasionally on Vic's video comments you'll often hear those mortal words...
'Where are you today Vic?' Which begs the question is Vic ever at home?
I remember back in 2006 after my partner had a bit of a financial windfall thanks
to a generous Aunt who passed away. It was that Summer that with a bit of extra
money we decided on two trips to The U.S as well as three rather expensive
holidays in Cornwall. And it seemed like that Summer shot by us in no time.
It seems like the more you do then time goes quicker. But at the same time it's a
thrill visiting somewhere nice and knowing that in 3 or 4 weeks time you'll be off
to some new exotic location.
So I can understand how our roving traveller Vic must feel who is lucky enough to
take off literally every weekend. And if a place that he visits is not to his liking then
he'll say so as he recently did on his visit to Italian coastal town Vernazza.
Apparently it was too crowded and noisy and there was a lot of trash on the Harbour
beach.
Of course with Vic and his Greek connections and his many visits to the Greek Islands,
I keep meaning to ask him, when I get round to it, what his thoughts are on a certain
little Island out in The Agean Sea. Because when I first saw this picture (below) of the Marina
come Harbour in Kokkari on the Greek Island of Samos, well my jaws just dropped.
It just didn't look real to me. It looked like something out of a dream. And checking
online for more images of the Kokkari Marina, well more images proved that this was
indeed a fantastic setting, and that original image I first saw (below) was no exaggeration.
 
And yet when you look at the map in that area of the world it seems like a
miracle that Samos is not part of neighbouring country Turkey as is Kos and Lesvos
as they are literally just off the Turkish mainland, which of course joins on to Syria,
the global boiling point of the world in these last few years. And it was just two years ago
that these  Greek Islands including Samos, were besieged by refugees from Syria,
Iraq and Afghanistan, all seeking asylum in the West. And it was the image of the dead
child washed up on the Island of Kos that became the most harrowing image of the
refugee crisis.
Naturally all this caused a big downturn in tourism on Samos.
And a recent update on the refugee crisis there tells us that nearly 2,ooo refugees are still
stranded at the Detention Centre on Samos where they are still waiting for their asylum
applications to be processed.
But yes, the tourists still visit Samos, but perhaps not so many. 
 
Above is the beautiful Marina and Harbour in Kokkari on the Island of Samos
with it's little stretch of sand leading out onto a small rock Island where you can see
several of the holiday properties.
It was also on this little stretch of sand where the boats are moored that a local Monk
Seal became a bit of a tourist attraction. He was nicknamed Argiro the little mermaid (youtube HERE).
And he was often to be seen boldly sunbathing on one of the sunbeds on this little stretch
of sand, that is until he became a little too big and boisterous for the local children and
so he was moved out to sea by the local marine authorities.
 
But for sure, I would love to visit Samos and Kokkari one day. But as it stands these exotic
locations hold no interest for my partner who sadly has no spirit of adventure, preferring
to keep his feet firmly on home territory. 
 
 
Above: The red spot indicates a popular spot to photograph Kokkari Marina
and that little Island in the picture above this one.
That image above this one was most likely taken from this red spot.
And it's the houses on the far right of this image that sit above that little stretch
of sand that literally look out onto the Rock Island. What an amazing view they
must have from the holiday apartments above that little beach.   


  

5 comments:

  1. It looks lovely but summer in Greece would be too hot for me. We were briefly in Greece early May and the weather was perfect.

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  2. Andrew, Oh I must have missed out on your May Greek trip. I would have been interested to see where you went and which parts.
    But of course I wouldn't ever want to visit there in the high Summer. Maybe early in May or in late Summer.
    But I cant get over how beautiful Samos and the surrounding areas are.

    I'll be fascinated to hear what roving Vic thinks of the Islands. I often check online for Island updates.

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  3. I hope you get to take that dream trip to gorgeous Grecian islands, Dee! Somehow you've got to get that partner of yours to find some joy in at least some adventure. Kind of makes me think of my maternal grandparents. My grandmother LOVED to travel, but her husband just wanted to stay home. Different things make different people happy, of course, but I feel that he really missed out. My grandmother did manage to get him to go on one cruise, but that was enough for him, so she continued to travel for the rest of her life without him while he stayed home and missed her whenever she was gone. She travelled around the world several times on nearly year-long cruises, and even took raod trips across Africa, India, and parts of Southeast Asia, plus did a huge "everywhere in Europe" driving trip with her son, my Uncle Ham, who lived part of the year in Stockholm and Helsinki (and the rest of the year in California). I have two of her marvelous journals, one around-the-world cruise and the big Europe road trip with Uncle Ham.

    I "half-share" that travel bug she had (but, alas, nowhere near the money), I think of myself as "The Nest-Builder and The Vagabond", in that I like to alternate the secure comforts of home with the excitement and exploration of adventure.

    Bora Bora is unquestionably beautiful, and my at-the-time traveling companion, Tootie, and I, stayed on Matira Beach, but neither one of us liked it. For one thing, the ocean there was way too salty, it made my skin crawl. My theory is that this is because of the ring of motus that surround the lagoon, which block or diminish whatever tidal changes there might have been with the water in the lagoon (contrasting with Fakarava where I went a few years ago, where the pure clean clear lagoon water is rapidly flushed in and out of the lagoon). Also, the water there at Matira Beach, when you got into it, seemed very dirty and I am pretty sure that some areas of the island empty their sewage right into the lagoon. I will not fully describe to you some of the things I saw floating along in the water along with obvious toilet paper. Tootie actually got encephalitis from our visit there, with she blames on some kind of biting insects that wouldn't leave her alone inside our bungalow. I didn't seem to be bothered by the same insects that drove her crazy.
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    1. Welcome back Tom, Yes I think that because my partner was only taken on holiday once as a child I think it has had a life long effect on him. So getting him to finally come to Cornwall with me and then joining me on all our trips to the States was a bit of a miracle. I just wish he would be more adventurous. Will I ever get to Asia at this rate?

      I wish that he could be like your Grandfather and just leave me be to go and explore. But he constantly panics and worries that I'll suffer some fatality abroad on my own. It is one of the negatives things about being in a relationship as we tend to do most things together.

      I'm guessing that our roving Vic is quite possibly an unattached single male with expendable income. How does he do it?

      Vic did of course say that Matira Beach was the most spectacular (a superlative that he uses a lot) but I wonder if he is aware of the geological drawback that you mentioned and how the tides don't refresh themselves.
      Not sur I'd like to swim in an over salty sea. When ever I do swim in the sea I have a terrible urge to eat something sweet, perhaps a reaction to the sea salt.

      But to hear that those beautiful looking waters might be polluted is quite a shock. Perhaps there is some secretly concealed sewage pipe outlet hidden away from the tourists.

      It seems that where ever you go holiday prices increase annually. But I do imagine that there must be very few budget places to stay anywhere in the South Pacific region.
      I still cant believe that last Summer while staying in Newquay during one of our weeks we paid £750 just for a week in a caravan so that we could be there during the big Festival week. The prices were obscene.

      I was a bit surprised that you haven't yet been to Greece being a bit of a global hopper. But I'm sure you'll get there soon. But I cant get over that beautiful Island of Samos. I've been watching lots of youtube videos filmed in those parts. I would imagine that Sardinia is not unlike the Greek Islands.
      I remember how you enjoyed your visit there, preferring it to the hot overcrowded Italian Cities.

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    To me the worst feature of Bora Bora is that it is shockingly expensive. Tootie and I had no choice but to splurge on what was really the cheapest place we could find, and even then were able to afford only because we were sharing the expenses. Just for fun, I looked at the prices there this past summer and there was not one place I could afford, having to pay for it all just by myself; I just wouldn’t spend all that much money.

    I much preferred Moorea, that I thought was more beautiful than Bora Bora. We stayed at a resort on the shores of Cook's Bay, and a glance at any picture of Cook's Bay will show how phenomenally beautiful it is. And the water there is pure and clean!

    Back to your desire regarding Greece, I haven't been to Greece yet, but the photos look so amazingly beautiful. I think the Mediterranean has shockingly beautiful water. I was blown away by how beautiful it was in Sardinia and long to go back there. However, I would expect Greece to be just as alluring, if not more so.

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