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We get up at 08:30. Our first task is to find a car. Close to the harbor there is a rent-a-car (Hertz – Vassilikos) and they have a Chevrolet Matiz free for us today. The next task is to have breakfast. We have difficulty to get out of the city and find nothing in Any Syros, so we take the car to Agios Dimitrias. This is not a village, this is only a church, and so we can’t have breakfast there either. One does have a nice view around here. We try to drive to Kini then to have breakfast. That works out fine. It takes only 9 kilometers to drive from one coast to the other. We have toast with ham and cheese (Timo) and Eef has a complete breakfast (toast, marmalade, coffee). We can continue now. Challenge: drive to Chalandriana to see excavations. That is not simple. We drive through Ermoupolis two or three times, then make an attempt through Anastasi, but that doesn’t work either. Then drive to Ano Syros and just follow straight through. That finally works. The road gives us beautiful views on the mountains, but arriving there we can’t find a castle, nor excavations, so we’re taking the road back to Ano Syros. Thank god the views on the mountains and the bays are most beautiful here. Then we drive through the island from the east, over the south part and then to the west part to end our tour in Kini. Our first stop is Azolimnas, then to Vari and Megas Gialos in the south. Then we drive on to Possidonia and Finikas on the west coast. They’re all beautiful fisherman’s villages with a beautiful bay and beach, but too busy for us. Galissas is also a beautiful village with a bay outside the centre, but there’s only nudism on that beach. Driving through small mountain roads and through fields of grain and corn and olive trees, we go to Kini and to a quiet beach nearby in Lotos. Here we have shade, a sandy beach to easily go into the water and there are also rocks to see some animals near the rocks. Timo goes in twice and Eef lies a bit on the beach. The first time he sees a lot of fish, the same as on other snorkeling spots, but it still is beautiful. The second time Timo sees a cuttlefish, great! He always wanted to see this under water. It’s marvelous how this floats through the water. The third time – after every dive he needs to dry to avoid, that he’s feeling cold – Eef joins him in the water, but the cuttlefish is gone. At 15:00 we go to the restaurant up the stairs to have a drink. We’re not allowed to pay our drinks, because they’re not open yet. We have 1 cola and 1 frappe en leave 2 Euro on the table. We eat something in Kini: gemista and choriatiki. Then we drive back to Ermoupoli, park the car (we need to walk a long time, because there is little parking space) and clear all the snorkeling gear. We rest about an hour and then go into town. We have gyros in a small alley (Antiparos Street) in a tavern, where they’re not particularly friendly. But then again the food is good and we’re having a great time. At 22:00 we go back to our room and watch some television. We see the last hours (with additionally an hour of commercial) of “The Lord of The Rings – Fellowship of the Ring”. At 01:00 we go to sleep.

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