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Milos, minus Venus de Milo

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Dear Kay,
We stood at the edge of this lunar landscape for a very long time, doing nothing but staring at the waves as they crashed around our feet. This is probably my most vivid memory of the trip.
This is Milos, a little island south of Athens. It’s famous for not having the Venus de Milo statue anymore. We saw the gully from which it was taken in 1821 by French sailors who were shot at as they lugged the thing to their ship. When you see the Venus de Milo standing there in the Louvre, remember that it came from this little place.
Love,
Ann

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28 Comments

  1. Wow – how stunningly beautiful!

  2. What a beautiful place! I always assumed Milo was the sculptor, not the point of origin; I may never look at that statue the same way again.

  3. The British and the French have a lot to answer for, in terms of antiquities.

  4. Stunning!
    And I didn’t know that about the statue. So educational, this blog :)

  5. Stunning!
    And I didn’t know that about the statue. So educational, this blog :)

  6. “Venus de Milo, was noted for her charms; But strictly between us you’re cuter than Venus, and what’s more, you’ve got arms!”

  7. amazing.

  8. It is a beautiful location. Like some of the others, I never realized that it was a place. I just had never thought of it.

  9. I just visited Venus last month in the Louvre and did a little spindle spinning in front of her (Tour de Fleece madness). One day, one day I’ll get to Greece.

  10. The colors of the water!! this is wallpaper material, both on the wall and on the computer, thanks so much for sharing, this is reason enough to go there!

  11. What is the nature of those rock formations? Did you have a tourist guide or book that told you?

  12. Almost seems like a place Odysseus would have landed-perhaps you were hypnotised by the swirling sea?

  13. I loved everything about Greece during the ~62 hours I got to spend there. Even the visa bureaucrats who detained my husband (long story) but finally found a work-around for him that let us travel together. Thanks for the virtual reminder!

  14. What a stunning place.
    And now to what else caught my eye. Photo 3 down on the sidebar. I suspect it is a dome somewhere, but I don’t care. I want to knit it.

  15. This post is so short and simple and yet, I feel like it affects me profoundly.

  16. Stunning! I would love to go to Milos…a photographers dream :-)

  17. I want to see a hundred or a thousand more pictures of this place since I can’t be in it. The photo really got to me.

  18. I want to see a hundred or a thousand more pictures of this place since I can’t be in it. The photo really got to me.

  19. I want to see a hundred or a thousand more pictures of this place since I can’t be in it. The photo really got to me.

  20. One of the best books I’ve read recently was Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for the World’s Looted Antiquities by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino. It was a page turner!!

  21. at least she did not drown asnd be forever gone
    calendar art and some pretty good travel yarns
    there you go said travel yarns i would
    have suffered all day and night if i had
    not written “travel yarns”someone has to

  22. The wine dark sea. Oh for a black-hulled ship!

  23. I love how the blue water looks against the gray rocks. Gorgeous.

  24. Gorgeous!, I’ve always wanted to go there, now even more, and I didn’t know that story.

  25. What a stunning place.

  26. It’s the blue that I love. There is no other blue like that in the world, I think. I want to immerse myself in that blue.

  27. Sarakiniko is my favorite place in Milos! Did you see the shipwrecked boat below the cliffs? And explore the tunnels? I loved Milos.

  28. Ann, I too visited V de M last month in Paris. It was like a Mosh Pit in there. Someone literally climbed up on her in order to have a photo made via iPhone. My sister just about collapsed, let me tell you. Looks much more peaceful on the V de M home front. I suppose, since you’ve visited Greece, that you’ve heard the whole story about the antiquities looting (Elgin Marbles, etc.). I don’t know whom the Greeks dislike more – Lord Elgin or Tony Blair.