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Published: June 14th 2015
PANORAMAS: Samos Harbor and View of Samos from the road to the new Samos Marina
One of the things we love about traveling in the islands is riding the local buses. It's such a delightful activity. Needless to say, the scenery is often spectacular. The bus drivers and the onboard ticket sellers can be anything from delightful to frazzled. The mix of locals going about their daily lives and the many clueless tourists trying to find their way is always a good show. Such was our bus ride from Pythagorio to Vathy. Greek music was on the radio and the driver was singing along happily. The ticket seller was frustrated trying to communicate with tourists in a multitude of languages. The locals were loaded down with shopping bags full of groceries. Special stops were made for regulars (like the elderly lady in black wearing a baseball cap) along the way. And all the while we enjoyed the show from our front row seat, watching small villages glide by and being amazed by the beauty of the mountainous coastal views.
Our two day stay in Pythagorio, Samos was enjoyable; however, we didn't plan on staying for 5 days. This is
what we faced with their limited ferry routes and schedule. It was time to come up with a new plan! Flights to the islands we wanted required an overnight stay in Athens. That was not an option. So, we kept brainstorming and checking flights to ALL the islands. Corfu was a direct flight, had seats, and was leaving the next day. We didn't plan on going there since it's on the other side of Greece, but it's one of our favorites, so why not? The new plan has fallen together nicely and we are sitting pretty in Corfu overlooking the sea and the airport!
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