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Samothraki photos of Samothraki, Greece
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A flying dolphin hydrofoil ferry in Kamariotissa harbour, Samothraki island, Greece at My Favourite Planet
Kamariotissa, Samothraki. A flying dolphin arrives at Kamariotissa from Alexandroupolis.
Note: Flying dolphins to Samothraki are currently not operating (May 2015).

For some obscure reason the so-called "flying dolphin" hydrofoils which ply Greek waters used to be painted shit-brown (brown dolphins? I think not.). They reminded one of sea-going cockroaches. They stunk to high heaven of cheap polluting fuel and provided a quick but bumpy bus-ride over the Aegean at double the cost and 0% of the romantic element of ye olde ferries.

These days they are easier on the eye and nostrils, and it could be that they are actually more energy-efficient than many of the huge old ferries which chug from port to port on the power of low-grade heating oil. Efficient but very boring.

If you need to get from A to B by sea quickly, in half the time, be it at double the price, the flying dolphins are at your disposal all over the Aegean.

If, on the other hand, you are on a tighter budget, or just want to experience something of the majesty of the Mediterranean (sometimes accompanied by real dolphins ! ) take the old-fashioned boat. Grab yourself a place on the top deck (sleeping bag or blanket recommended, even in summer) and enjoy the stars from beyond the urban light-smog. Romantic? Very!
photo: © David John
 
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