Greek Island Living
Trip Start May 04, 2011
110Trip End Feb 20, 2014
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Morning came early with a 515am wake-up call in Athens. Then aboard a bus to the Port to catch the 5.5 hr ferry to Mykonos. This is known as the party/gay island. Our hotel was out of central town; Required a bus (old style school bus) anywhere or a taxi (all seem to be Mercedes)
Next morning was a rough start, but I forced myself up so I could get along to the Optional Paid Tour to Delos. I was glad that I went. It is the birthplace of the God Apollo and used to be home to 30,000 and is now a maze of relics and historic buildings. Fascinating place where it is hard to believe that people built a civilisation thousands of yrs ago.
More drinks and partying on the 2nd night at Paradise Beach, but I woke up feeling fine even tho I shouldn’t have. There was another TopDeck tour group in Mykonos on the same night, big group with lots of partying people. I do feel like I would’ve been better in that group. But I’m not bothered
Paros is much more relaxed and a lowly populated fishing island. Not much excitement, but a good break from the partying of Mykonos. No one went on the Optional Tour because it was not good value. Instead most people hired 4-wheelers or scooters to check out the island. I joined up with the kiwis and Canadian by hiring a jeep for the day. So good. Quick way to see the island. I didn’t drive (RHS) so it was good to just take in the sights without fear of maiming myself.
The food on my Greece tour has been sketchy. Most times I have not enjoyed what I ordered. Even my Greek Salad was oily, onion filled and gooey. Everyone else is raving about the food as if it is what they travel for. I have realised this trip that food is not my motivation and I would be happier with a Whopper meal with onion rings and a chocolate thickshake than any cuisine that the world chefs could serve me. I do love feta tho and that is Greek, so I’ve been lapping that up!
Without question, this is my favourite island that we visited
The evening involved a trip to the town of Oia to watch the sunset. Apparently a famous place to watch the sunset and a moment where marriage proposals are common. I didn’t see any engagements, but the sunset was good (I think people go gaga over sunsets over the ocean, whereas this rarity is lost on me because I’m from WA) and A LOT of people were crammed around the cliffs to watch. Finally ate a nice dinner (2 entrees this time and no main) and I was keen to party in one of the many bars/clubs, but everyone else piked about 1230am (dinners start at 9pm and finish about 1130pm). Probably a good thing, because I wanted to feel good for the next day.
We didn’t have to meet until 2pm for the ferry back to Athens, so I grouped up with some others to go to the Red Beach. Such an incredible place and I’m glad I made the effort to taxi there. It felt like swimming on Mars. There are black beaches too. Santorini is somewhere I would return if the opportunity arose. I’m told that Brad and Angelina have a place here, so I might just visit them someday ;-)
Half way thru the ferry trip. I have some plans for tomorrow morning in Athens and then need to get myself on a bus to Olympia. It will be good to be back in my own room, but I’ve enjoyed travelling with a group and there have been no issues along the way.