Syros..... Misunderstood island and town

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Syros cat (it looks like Wally's)

David's book on Greek Islands described Syros with words like "scruffy,  little of interest, it is worth the look if only to capture the contrast with the cute Cycladic village look that dominatees elsewhere" Ben's book was equally unflattering. 

We thought it would be a long and tedious wait for the next ferry in 4 hours.  We left the ferry carrying our luggage and went across the street.  Our next ferry would be a different one for the final trip to Santorini.

down town...
  We checked into the ferry office and they offered to put our luggage on the large shelves in their office.   David, Ben and I put our luggage close together and secured them with a cable lock I carry.  With the three handles roped togther we hoped it would either discourage a thief or make them take other easier cases...  

We started out walking not expecting to find very much but we were very pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the buildings and the nice town..   We could see a church spire quite a ways up a hill and decided to walk to it.  On our way we passed war memorials and lovely little parks where families seemed to be congragating...    We were really very pleasantly surprised at how clean and nice the town was.

wonderful detail
  It was obviously a town that was a working town.  It wasn't a "tourist" town.   It was really refreshing to see it. 

We walked and found the church at the top of the hill.   The hill area was the back of the church.  We climbed onto the porch and looked up at the ceiling.  Stars!  We walked around the side of the church to the front door.  A gentleman was sitting inside and almost as soon as we walked in announced it was fine to take pictures and flash was allowed.   We couldn't believe how ornate and beautiful the church was.  It had beautiful paintings and an amazing ceiling.  There were painted alcoves and stained glass windows... 

David, Ben and I took a million pictures.

chandeliers... with blue alcove in background
..... Then it happened. . . .  I kneeled to get an angle on the ceiling and the inside seam on my pants ripped from the crotch to my knee....  OMG ......   I just about fainted.....   I let Ben and David know and we left to find a seamstress.   It became obvious right away that it was the time period when Greek stores were closed.   Oh boy....   I tied my coat around my waist and tried to hide my pants.... Luckily not too many people seemed to be out....  Ben was so funny... he ran behind us a few feet and reported that from behind it was impossible to see the pants gapping....    We needed to kill a little time so we stopped and split a carafe of red wine.... It was a nice break and it gave me a break from feeling like an idiot..
Pleasing colors and great details on the top
..    We continued to ask and ask people if they knew of a tailor shop...    We went down to the wharf but it was all restaurants.  ....  we continued asking people for a tailor....  We found a bank with a lady just opening it with her keys.   Ben asked her to staple my pants ...  She was such a nice lady.....  She took me into the bank and patiently stapled the seam....  It was embarassing but she was so sweet and she laughed and chatted while she did it...     The three of us thanked her.... we found a cute little restaurant and went in for a meal....  It was absolutely wonderful!  We had red wine again and the waiter was so funny!   I made sure he knew in some cultures his humor would have been considered harassment...   We laughed through the dinner and then hit the street to try to find a tailor (still).
restaurant we ate at
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I think the boys thought the problem was solved because I was stapled but .... NO it wasn't...I pack really light and I had the pair of pants I was wearing and a light weight white pair... I HAD to get them fixed...   We asked a few more placed and headed up another street....  We were looking for a sign that said Jackies.. but luckily I stopped looking up at the signs and looked in the windows.....  It was easy to tell the seamstress from the dress and fabrics in the window... I called to the boys and went in.   The wonderful lady in the shop did not speak english at all.   I showed her the seam and mimed sewing it......  didn't understand at first  (it was stapled....)    She leaned over and pulled the seam then she understood and laughed.

syros building
..  she put me into the back room and indicated she would sew it on the machine there....  She left the room then ran back with a piece of fabric for me to tie around my waist.   She tied it for me but I saw a price tag on one edge and realized it was for sale so I undid the knot and used a straight pin to hold it together...   The lady got customers and helped them.... then rushed back saying seekknomee (excuse me).... she was too sweet....  I had removed the staples ....she changed the thread on the machine and  quickly sewed the seam.   She was so nice.   She checked it then removed part of the seam that hadn't ripped and sewed it too....   She refused to take any money at all for doing the sewing.   Luckily I had forseen her kindness and left 2 euro on the machine.   I forced her to take another 4 Euro in the front area after I got dressed again....    ( Greeks....  They are the kindest people I think.) 

It was actually a great time in Syros and we went back to the Ferry office  and retrieved our luggage and headed out to the new ferry that would take us to Santorini.

 

missandrea81 says:
Awww. Greeks are the kindest people! :) So sweet.
Posted on: Nov 24, 2009
free08 says:
I cannot help not laugh because u guys r so funny!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2009
Sunflower300 says:
I love how you 'split' a carafe of wine after the pants incident. :)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2009
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Syros cat  (it looks like Wallys)
Syros cat (it looks like Wally's)
down town...
down town...
wonderful detail
wonderful detail
chandeliers... with blue alcove in…
chandeliers... with blue alcove i…
Pleasing colors and great details …
Pleasing colors and great details…
restaurant we ate at
restaurant we ate at
syros building
syros building
Look at the beautiful grate work..…
Look at the beautiful grate work.…
Doves lined up on a balcony railing
Doves lined up on a balcony railing
sausage in a butcher shop window
sausage in a butcher shop window
sign in the alley
sign in the alley
a pleasant shaded alleyway
a pleasant shaded alleyway
a covered walkway
a covered walkway
looking up towards town square
looking up towards town square
looking back towards the wharf
looking back towards the wharf
door way.... I like the bricks
door way.... I like the bricks
windows
windows
ancient windows boarded up
ancient windows boarded up
memorial statue
memorial statue
memorial statue
memorial statue
the plaque on the statue
the plaque on the statue
the edge of the platform the memor…
the edge of the platform the memo…
another carving
another carving
the corner of the memorial stand
the corner of the memorial stand
building
building
building with a beautiful flower p…
building with a beautiful flower …
looking over the trees towards the…
looking over the trees towards th…
memorial or markers in a park
memorial or markers in a park
war memorial with Oxi Day wreaths …
war memorial with Oxi Day wreaths…
Oxi day wreaths at the memorial.. …
Oxi day wreaths at the memorial..…
top of the memorial... a lion with…
top of the memorial... a lion wit…
The back of the church as we were …
The back of the church as we were…
the towers
the towers
carvings
carvings
one of the town buildings
one of the town buildings
side of the church...
side of the church...
so well maintained...
so well maintained...
Saint Nicholas churh 1848
Saint Nicholas churh 1848
floor of the church
floor of the church
church ceiling
church ceiling
Saint Nicholas church
Saint Nicholas church
wall hanging...
wall hanging...
Painting of the last supper... ver…
Painting of the last supper... ve…
another wall
another wall
chair in churh
chair in churh
painting at the top of the chair
painting at the top of the chair
One light
One light
Ceiling alcove
Ceiling alcove
stained glass window
stained glass window
light fixture.... beautiful
light fixture.... beautiful
an alcove
an alcove
top of the chair
top of the chair
wall of church
wall of church
The top of the church
The top of the church
This is the back porch of the chur…
This is the back porch of the chu…
The church inside
The church inside
paintings on one of the pillors
paintings on one of the pillors
the front of the church
the front of the church
alcove
alcove
sacred objects
sacred objects
detail of stand
detail of stand
stained glass on doors
stained glass on doors
beautiful
beautiful
looking up at windows
looking up at windows
chandelier
chandelier
sacred book
sacred book
painting...
painting...
detail of painting
detail of painting
stained glass with painted window …
stained glass with painted window…
painting
painting
painting
painting
wall
wall
alcove
alcove
these were memorials to people
these were memorials to people
memorial
memorial
iron work
iron work
at front looking to the back of th…
at front looking to the back of t…
ornate details
ornate details
alcove... (I ripped my pants on th…
alcove... (I ripped my pants on t…
details
details
outside of church
outside of church
closer on steeple
closer on steeple
balcony grate work
balcony grate work
grate work
grate work
window of building
window of building
old building.... abandoned
old building.... abandoned
old building door
old building door
down at the wharf
down at the wharf
The wharf....
The wharf....
Wharf
Wharf
restaurant we ate at
restaurant we ate at
Syros
photo by: sylviandavid