While in Athens, I indulged myself to a cruise trip from Piraeus to Crete and Santorini islands in the Aegean Sea. Wonderful places, wonderful food and plenty of history for a buff such as myself. Embarked from Piraeus heading for Crete, where I endured one of the most atrocious heat waves I ever encountered (the other notable one was when I visited Pammukale in Turkey). Summer of 2006 was quite the thing for those who suffer heat, but I am not one of those people, so I just stayed in the shade, sipping my ice lemonade, and taking pictures. And of course, my Minox IIIs, loaded with Agfa APX 25.
Then, when a liner announced that a 2 days to Santorini is available, I took passage on that ship. Fun days, lots of heat as well, the deck was so hot one could fry eggs on it. During the journey, my skin became dark, I was always dehydrated and hot, but I was enjoying every minute of it. Arrived in Santorini, and travelled up to the top of the island where the small town is, and I did this by donkeys. That a sight to behold, me on a donkey. Minox on a donkey that is, loaded with APX 25 🙂 🙂 🙂 .
The film used was Agfa APX 25, the long gone one. I took pictures with my Minox IIIs everytime this was possible, but most of the times I was either hanging to dear life to something (or someone), or the waves were strong, or the donkey had a mind of his own. I managed to take some nice photographs, and to be honest, the entire set of photographs would’ve never existed if I had with me a 35mm or other format camera. But with a Minox, those came to be possible.