Syros, a very different island
Trip Start Mar 22, 2013
19Trip End Aug 10, 2013
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It’s great to see the Greeks socialising on a sunny Sunday, it is a combination of families, tavernas, beaches and shady squares. Very noticeable (and a little depressing) that the associated noise is all generated by kids playing and not groups who have been on the pop all day. Hmmm...
I’m not allowed to mention football at the moment apart from paying tribute to Jamie Carragher, sorry I couldn't be at his last game, we will miss him a lot. Hoping to catch the German Cup Champions League final next Saturday, but as I still haven’t worked out which island we will be on, never mind finding a bar that is showing it, I’m a bit premature even thinking about it!
Deb: Well, the stopover at Tinos to catch the ferry to Syros was interesting. There is a particularly revered cathedral there (some sort of miracle-inducing relic). It’s up a fairly steep hill, on one of the main streets. They have a rather tatty, threadbare strip of carpet going all the way up the hill, and pilgrims go up in on their knees/hands and knees as a sign of penance and humility. When I saw it there were two really old ladies crawling up – it was really shocking to see what they were going through
Did a lot of walking uphill on Syros! Our accommodation (owned by "George" – surely the most ubiquitous name in Greece after Nico and Costa).George looked & acted like the Del boy of Syros. His description of a “kitchenette” was hilarious – everything stored in the fridge – crockery,cutlery, glasses) and no sink except the tiny one in the tiny shower room! George helped me unload my large rucksack and small one,which was very thoughtful – and dumped them on the pavement and walked off – an offer to carry even the small one up the three flights of stairs would have been appreciated! Anyway, George’s rooms (for some reason called Diana’s) was way up the town- a good view of a working port (so not very picture postcard).But it came at a price to my lungs! Was also did the walk to Ano Syros (old town) up 870 cobbled steps and the next day did almost the same to the church on the opposite hill. As Alan mentioned, the bus timetable was totally confusing – all Greek to me J So we did the same trip twice, which was fine- to a very quiet beach. Left on the early ferry (7am).