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The traditional market area

panoramic view of buildings in the traditional market area of Molyvos on Lesvos island

buildings in the traditional market district of Molyvos on Lesvos island

buildings in Molyvos town on Lesvos island

The traditional market is situated behind the long row of imposing stone edifices that hug the hillside above the road to the Molyvos harbour. Many of the verandas and balconies that protrude from the buildings are restaurants and bars, all of which are accessed from the market’s main street (shown in the pictures that follow).  

 

a lane in the traditional market area of Molyvos town on Lesvos island

a lane in the traditional market area of Molyvos town on Lesvos island

a lane in the traditional market area of Molyvos town on Lesvos island

a fruit and vegetable shop in the old market area of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Above: Cobblestone lanes in the market district. The lanes are famous for the wisteria vines that grow overhead, producing a striking canopy of beautiful lilac-coloured blooms each spring. Unfortunately for us, the flowers were blown off the vines by strong winds and heavy rains about a week before we arrived on Lesvos.  The lanes look so empty in these pictures because we wandered around during the afternoon siesta when most shops, apart from a few fruit and vegetable markets, were closed. The street came alive with activity when the businesses reopened in the evening (below).

a lane in the traditional market area of Molyvos town on Lesvos island

 

wisteria vines above a lane in the old market of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Some of the twisty, thick wisteria vines that shade the lanes

 

 

a lane in the traditional market area of Molyvos town on Lesvos island

 

tables in the lane next to Bettys restaurant in Molyvos on Lesvos

Tables with a marvellous scenic view at Betty’s Restaurant

 

Municipal art gallery building in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Municipal art gallery building in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Two views of the Municipal Art Gallery building. The gallery wasn’t when we wandered past, so we didn’t get to view its collection.

 

a flower shop in Molyvos town on Lesvos island

 

Sign above the entrance to Kivotos arts and craft shop in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Sign above the entrance to Kivotos, an arts and craft shop specializing in handcrafted miniature boats

 

old feta cheese containers in a lane in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Old feta cheese containers  positioned along a lane

 

an old water fountain in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Details on an Ottoman-era stone water fountain, one of more than a half dozen old fountains that can be seen at various locations in Molyvos

 

a house in Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

a cat and an old anchor at a house in Molyvos town on Lesvos island

 

a gate in Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

table and chairs on a small veranda in Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

One of the patios at Di Vino restaurant in Molyvos on Lesvos island

One of the three dining patios at the excellent Di Vino Restaurant

 

sign above the entrance to a pottery workshop in Molyvos on Lesvos island

The sign above the entrance to a pottery shop

 

 

Church of Agios Panteleimonas in Molyvos town on Lesvos island

Belltower of Agios Panteleimonas Church in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Belltower of Agios Panteleimonas Church in Molyvos on Lesvos island

A memorial sculpture at Church of Agios Panteleimonas in Molyvos Lesvos

Above: Views of the Church of Agios Panteleimonas, its belltower, and a memorial sculpture on the church grounds

 

A lane in the traditional market in Molyvos on Lesvos island

A lane in the traditional market in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Above: views up and down the main market lane near the passageway beside Molyvos Stars restaurant

 

sea view seats at Sokaki cocktail bar in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Seating high above the sea at Sokaki cocktail bar

 

twisted trunk of a wisteria vine in Molyvos on Lesvos island

The thick trunk of a wisteria vine almost blocks a doorway

 

sea view seating at tavernas and bars in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Sea view seating at Betty’s Restaurant (tables in foreground) Balkonaki cafe-bar, and the Blue Fox sweet shop 

 

Hammam restaurant in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Street entrance to Hamam restaurant

 

Molyvos Stars restaurant in Molyvos on Lesvos island

Twilight view of the open-air veranda at Gatos restaurant (upper left) and the long balcony at Molyvos Stars restaurant

 

 

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