The Mysteries of Volax
Maybe it was the way the light twinkled mischievously off the Aegean. Or the dizzying way our tin can of a rental car barely hugged each vertiginous mountain turn.
Whatever it was, the sight of the tiny mountain village of Volax made our conversation stop. We'd been laughing and talking and singing along to some jangly '70s song when it first came into view. Built into the mountainside and surrounded by megalithic boulders, it looked like something out of a fairy tale.
Those giant boulders — so massive and so nearly perfectly round — are unlike anything in Tinos, a quiet Grecian island that already feels steeped in so much mystery. No one knows how they got there.
Rumors abound: Was it a meteorite? A volcanic explosion on another island that sent debris floating across the Aegean Sea? Their unknown origins only add to the boulders’ mystique. Even the Wikipedia page for Volax is disconcertingly void of information.
The energy coming from the boulders is palpable. Standing near them, with the fierce Titian breeze stirring our hair, we can’t help feeling that we’ve been swept into an invisible current from another era.
Or maybe into another dimension entirely.
words & styling: Christina Pérez
photos: Thomas Beckner