PAROS GREECE; NOT PARIS FRANCE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Mykonos to Paros- 55kms 1 hour by ferry
Because we had not really enjoyed Mykonos we tried to change our ferry tickets to depart sooner but to no avail, so we hung about until 3pm on Tuesday, and the guys from Sahas studios drove us to the port to catch the Flying Cat to Paros Island, 27 euros each; despite the strong winds in Mykonos it was a calm and quick trip- these ferries are pretty solid.
No pick up here in Paros, but it was only ˝ kilometre to Alexandra's Rooms where we were staying on the island; so we hauled our suitcases and back packs along the waterfront until we spied our accommodation right across from the beach. It was a very warm afternoon and we were happy that there was no wind here; we had left it behind in Mykonos!.
Dragi from Macedonia gave us a hearty welcome and our key, and we found our way to room 21- with a fabulous balcony facing the sea and a happy bedroom and clean functional bathroom. In peak season this room commands a high price but we have 3 nights for 78 euros, about $90. We decide this is the best accommodation we have had on the islands; right on the beach, wonderful views, quiet and great sevice, and let's not forget how cheap it is! WWow!
Paros has a population of 13,000 and is much more laid back than Mykonos; it seems more friendly and there is less pressure from the business owners to try and get you into their cafes and shops. We loved it immediately and enjoyed exploring the old town as well as the main village.
Parikia is the main town and is also a busy port with ferries and fishing boats entering and leaving frequently. It is picturesque and we watched fishermen mending their nets at the waterfront and admired the old wooden boats still used for fishing.
We received a good recommendation for dinner, Korali, close to our accommodation and sat by the water watching the colours change as the sun set enjoying some good Greek food.
We were close to Lavadia Beach and loved our first real experience of a day at the beach since Puerto Rico. The water was ice cold, crystal clear and emerald green; strangely the beach was deserted, strangely because you see pictures of the Greek Island beaches packed with people, but the main season gets going in June. We were disappointed that there is a fair bit of rubbish around and it was horrible to see plastic bags etc floating in the sea throughout the islands.
We did comment that the islands suffered a bit from neglect, with rubbish all about, weeds where landscaping should be maintained and some less than attractive beach side businesses in need of a renovation. Our opinions were reinforced by other travellers we met.
It is about 100kms to explore the island by car which we did, hiring a car for a day to drive around the coast and into the very cute town of Lefkes set in the centre of the island high on a hill. You follow the Byzantine path through narrow streets which are very quiet at 3pm in the afternoon- siesta we think!
The little beach town of Dryos is picturesque and we have a coffee in a very Greek café looking over the beach.
Golden Beach a popular holiday beach is a bit disappointing but we loved Piso Livadi and took a Lonely planet recommendation for lunch = Halaris Taverna and it was good. We met up with a couple we had spoken to at dinner last night and compared notes on the island.
Naousa (reminds of us of Noosa) is another island resort town with quaint cafes and some trendy places to stay; we met a young American couple from Vermont, USA who were trying to decide on which island to hop to next and whether to move themselves to Naousa from Parikia…. Decisions, decisions!!! It was fun to exchange stories for a while.
One last stop and it was lovely but once again deserted and in need of some TLC- Kolimbythres.
Sheila had guessed this would be a good spot from its location on the bay and remarkably the water was warm; we hung out for a while under a shady tree. The sun is strong here and you burn easily but forget the sun lotion- the cheapest we have found is $20 so we are wearing a hat and keeping out of the sun as best we can.
The blinding stark white wash and paint that covers buildings and pavement is a strain on the eyes and you have to wear shades! We have yet to discover the reason everything is painted white on the islands- guessing it may be a heat reflector or perhaps it started when there was only white-wash to cover your house and the sea air is vicious on the surfaces so …..
We found another great restaurant for dinner Taverna Mira just in front of the old town and had the special "lamb in lemon sauce" and moussaka, both very tasty and then headed back to our lovely balcony over the sea for wine.
We really loved this little island and our accommodation here; it seemed less touristy and as mentioned the locals were more relaxed and friendly.
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