Monday, July 30, 2018

Aegean Blue

I love large bodies of water. The waves, the salty sea breezes, the colors are all very soothing for me. In fact, just looking at these pix has totally relaxed me. I've dipped into many oceans and lakes but I can't remember being as excited as I was to swim in the Aegean Sea.  As I traveled all over the Peloponnese region, I learned a lot about Greece's geography. The country is actually made up of  roughly 6,000 islands and only 227 are inhabited. About 1,400 are clustered around the Aegean.

The Aegean is actually a long embayment of the Mediterranean Sea.  I've seen the Mediterranean from many countries and perspectives and it has never looked like this. The blue is a mix of turquoise, sapphire and cobalt and the different shades seem to flow into each other.

You can glimpse the Aegean all around the Peloponnese but I was lucky enough to visit several beaches and actually immerse myself in its beauty. It was cold but also very peaceful, none of the beaches were crowded and the waves gently splashed over me. The current Aegean coastline dates back to 4000 BC and I felt a special vibration while swimming. Water is always healing but I think that there's something extra in the Aegean.

Photos by R. Cummings-Yeates