Heaven on Earth Meets Hell On Mars
Nisyros, Greece — Serene, Peaceful, Quaint Seaside Villages And One Giant, Active Volcano
One could not imagine a more serene and picturesque place then any one of the quaint seaside fishing villages (only 3) that exist on the small island of Nisyros, Greece. One could also not imagine a more hellish place than around and inside the caldera of the massive active volcano that forms the center, and makes up the bulk of the mass of it. While the villages feature outstanding food and wine, interesting architecture, and small shops, the volcano features sulfur, poisonus gas, erupting super heated steam, and vibrating earth.
Suffice to say we spent 90% of our time at the volcano. I have attached a few pictures to try and give a sense of the place. Twice I was almost overcome by gases and had to move quickly away to avoid passing out. My lungs still hurt a little when I breathe. The total disregard shown by the Greek government for human health and safety was refreshing after spending most of my life bathed in the protective cloak of my safety mentor, Uncle Sam.
I freakin loved it. Go see it if you can. Be careful though, seriously. Don’t just start wandering towards the nearest large hill and climb it because you see something that looks like a monitoring device near the top. Or go for it, no one is going to stop you. Awesome.