Ios Windy Road
Typical of the windy interior roads on Ios
We decided to rent a Suzuki Jimmy which is like an open jeep with a soft top. The rental agency picked us up at the hotel and took us down to the port to sign the papers and pick up the car.
The receptionist at the hotel told us that the best beach on the island is Manganari Beach . On the map, it looked like it wasn’t too far, about half the island away lengthwise. However, because of the mountains and the way the roads went, we had to drive way up to the top of the island and then all the way back down the other side to get there. The road was tortuous and it took forever, I had to kind of take it easy as Steve felt hung-over and car sick. It was only 33 kilometers away, but it took about an hour and a half. It was really windy and the twisty, hilly roads had sheer cliffs and no guardrails whatsoever! Scary!!
When we finally got to the beach, which again was supposed to be the most beautiful on the island, there were only a couple of people on it and it was extremely
Baby goat running alongside the road on Ios
windy. We walked down the beach and checked out some of the shoreline which was kind of interesting, but when we lay down to get some sun the wind was whipping and we felt like we were getting sandblasted. Overall we found the beach to be nice, but it sure didn’t seem to be the most beautiful. We stuck it out for a couple of hours and then gave up about 4:30 and headed back to the hotel and our nice calm, populous beach.
Shortly after we left Manganari, we came across a herd of goats trotting down the middle of the road. Was very cool, they looked like they were on a mission (probably back to their farm to be milked!), Steve took some awesome pictures of them. When we got closer to town we drove by the Skarkos site which is an archaeological site, special permission is needed to visit the site, so we just took some pictures from the road above. We all went to the hotel gym when we got back and then swam some laps in the hotel pool. Steve noticed that the power lines ran directly over our pool and that made us
Goats in the Road!
More goats running in the road on Ios
slightly nervous to say the least.
We showered and then drove (Yay, our own wheels!) into town for the evening. We ate at the Calypso in Chora. The food was good and the atmosphere was very cool. The restaurant was on one of the tiny pedestrian street (really an alley). Part of the restaurant was on one side and the other part was in an alcove on the other side. It was all open air (with a roof, but no sides) and vines growing on the lattice work overhead. We then went back to the Orange Bar and gave DJ Panos there a Disorder By Design (Steve's band) CD and he put up a DBD sticker! He actually played the song Poisoned on the club sound system, which was very cool. DBD got play at a club on a Greek island!! Called it an early night and headed back to the hotel around 1am.
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