Exploration of the Island of Paros

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We make our own breakfast at 07:30. Timo buys bread and Eef prepares coffee. We should add some sugar, but it is OK like this too. When we’re on holiday it is all OK all the time. We have bread, cheese, tomato and marmalade with a great view. We pack for the day, snorkel, mask, fins, long trousers, clean clothes and other stuff. We go to the harbor and there is immediately a boat at 08:45, but in Pounda we need to wait until the bus to Parikia arrives at 09:30. We see a bus stop near Loukis rent-a-car and want to get off, while the driver gets a bit annoyed. Why want to get off here? After 10 minutes we have a Daewoo Matiz and go back direction of Pounda, where the ferry is. The first stop is the valley of the butterflies: a small road leads us to it, but there are no butterflies now and everything is closed. Then we visit the church and monastery we passed by earlier: Agios Arsenias. Nice buildings and a great view on the fields round Pounda and on Antiparos. From here we follow the coast to Alykes, a beautiful village with a beautiful harbor and a small beach. There is a tavern that has placed all the tables and chairs on a platform, almost completely surrounded by the sea. Beautiful! We walk here a while and then drive off to Drios and Marpissa. First we make a stop in Pisa Livado, a nice fisherman village and then to Marpissa. We park the car on a parking lot near the three mills and stroll through the town. Typically little alleys, white chalked walls, lots of flowers and blue doors and shutters. A lot of geraniums, bougainvilleas: an unbelievable shining presence of flowers. It also is very hot here, it even seems Eef is not feeling too great about it.  From Marpissa we go back inland to Lefkas: a mountain village, again the streets are beautiful and the views on the mountains are great. On the town square we buy some fruits and water and cool down in the shade of the big pine trees. When we leave here, we drive to the north of the island, quickly view Molos, pretty but busy, drive past Naoussa and have our pick nick at the bay of Naoussa: bread, bananas, 2 nectarines, 2 medlars, simple, but good. We drive on to look for a quiet beach to snorkel and find that in Agios Tourbas. A mini beach with a lot of sun and heat, but also with shade. This is paradise. We snorkel and see many fish, small ones near the surface, bigger ones more down, 2 starfish and lots of urchins. This is one of the greatest places we’ve been to snorkel. At 14:30 we take the car back to Parikia and look where and when a boat to Syros leaves the day after tomorrow. We leave the car where we rented it and the guy has nothing to do and brings us to the center of town. We have 1 gyros (paketo) each with retsina. We take the bus to Pounda and there the ferry to Antiparos. We clean all our gear and rest a bit, ouzo and writing the diary. Timo first goes to buy some cigars and retsina and then we lie down for a while. We pass by “Blue Island Divers” to schedule our two dives tomorrow. Yes! No, not yet still closed. We go and have something to eat in the same restaurant as before: it is the one near the sea, called Makis. This time we have a lot of water, 1 bottle of retsina, lamb chops, spanakopitia, tomato and cucumber salad and tzatziki. We don’t make it too late, give the 4 kittens a bit of fat leftovers and go to the diving shop. Two dives (160 Euro for 2). We pay immediately and arrange the timing for tomorrow. Timo does all by phone. We need to be at the dicing school at 10:45. We sleep at 22:30.

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