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The Petrified Forest of Lesvos

After a beautiful fish lunch with ouzo in Sigri, what better way to spend an afternoon than to explore the Petrified Forest of Lesvos. I mean when your head is spinning from the ouzo and conversation why not walk around in the hot sun and take pictures of ancient trees? Most people would rather go back to their air-conditioned rooms to take a little nap and prepare for the evening, especially when the late July temperatures are a little higher than they have been in the last 100 years. But not me. Having become embarrassed because after many years on the island I had yet to visit the forest (I did go to the museum in Sigri, though), which is like living in Athens and never going to the Acropolis, I realized this might be my last opportunity before next summer. And even though it was hot as hell I must admit I kind of enjoyed it. Now imagine how great it would be if I had gone early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun was not blazing down on me, or even another season when  the mountain which used to be covered in giant trees, is cooled by the sea breezes which were taking the day off during my visit.

This was the first thing we saw when we came through the entrance and this is where I wanted to stay. It was shady and cool and I could see the trees just fine and maybe appreciate them more with something cold to drink in my hand. But I felt duty-bound and made my way down the trail.

What can you say about a petrified forest that has not already been said?


 It is a bunch of trees that are now rocks. 


But it is when you look closely enough to see the variations in color and texture that you really feel a sense of amazement. 

And the different types of trees petrify  in different designs and colors

Some of the exhibits are just small chunks which remain from what were once giant trees.

Some are big

Some are impressively big

This would make an excellent stool but it is way to heavy to move and anyway it is illegal to do so. 

The Petrified Forest of Lesvos is bigger than the more famous one in Arizona. To get there take the road to
Sigri and follow the signs. 

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