In the northern Aegean Sea, a couple of hours by boat from Alexandroupoli (the last big city of Eastern Greece on the borders with Turkey), there lies the island of Samothrace. With its prominent figure and sizable mountain line (its peak, Saos or Fengari has an altitude of 1,611 m, quite impressive for an island smaller than 200 km2), it looks like a guardian dragon in front of the Thracian coastline, constantly watching over the land, casting a protective spell.
The island is one of those places one will either fall in love with or hate. There is something strong, almost tangible but elusive about it – what we often call “energy” – that forces each visitor out of her neutrality. Its influence can be traced back to the important role Samothrace has often played over the centuries – a role that is revealed through the findings of the numerous archaeological sites. [Read more…]