Sunrise Approaching Chios
Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the Aegean Sea, seven kilometres (five miles) off the Asia Minor coast. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. The island is noted for its strong merchant shipping community, its unique mastic gum and its medieval villages. It was cold and windy the morning we were to arrive and the captain decided that it was not safe for the tender ship to take us to port. Instead, we headed north and west through the Dardanelles. It was very, very cold and very, very windy but we were able to go through the Dardanelle Strait in daylight, instead of around midnight, as originally planned.