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Tucked in in Tinos. A very windy place!

A fanlight above a door way that is carved from marble.

Thankfully we arrived in Tinos in only 18kts of wind and parked up on the quay.   Fly the Coop were just behind us.

One of the many dovecoates that pepper the landscape of Tinos.
A dovecote.

We hired a car the next day with Bryn and Jill and drove around some of the charming villages.  There are dove cotes all over the island which are beautifully built and used to house the pigeon population of Tinos.  The birds were bred for their meat, manure and feathers.  The dovecotes are miniature houses decorated with patterns of wheels, trees, triangles, chevrons and sun symbols and then they are white-washed to produce an interesting effect of light and shade.

 

 

We enjoyed walking around the villages of Tinos, although most of them were deserted at this time of year.  We were amazed by the massive boulders scattered around the village of Volax where you can see traditional baskets being woven.

There were miles of terraces, sadly now falling into disrepair which gave a hint of a richer agricultural heritage.

 

We drove the length and breadth of the island and found a very small traditional taverna to eat in on the way home.

Despite being such a windy place (A fellow yachtie in the port recorded 56kts during the night on Friday 5th October 2018!)  we were really taken with the place.