Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pireaus to Paros

From Athens we caught the ferry to the island of Paros in the Cyclades. It was a last minute decision and a great one - we really loved it! The island was very sleepy this time of year, so at times it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

We stayed in the town of Parikia, which was filled with meandering streets that we got lost in more than once - an intentional maze meant to confuse attacking pirates. The sunsets were breathtaking, made even more memorable by the chanting of monks that we could hear from the monastery across the bay.

One day we rented a moto and did a full circuit of the island. Our first stop was the beach at Monastiri for our first dip in the Aegean! The water is so clear and the blue and green colors are really amazing. We then hit the town of Naoussa, another beautiful town with white buildings and lovely dock were we relaxed and had Greek coffees (not so good, but we had to try). We then headed down the east coast to see the kite surfers at Golden Beach. We finally made our way back down the tip of the island and back up to Parikia, stopping at a few other beaches and towns along the way. It was a ridiculously lovely way to spend the day.

Our final day wasn't quite as memorable - we spent the whole afternoon trekking around town with our backpacks, avoiding the rain and waiting for the next ferry, which was several hours late! But, I suppose they can't all be perfect...

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