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Published: June 20th 2013
2. Milos Island of Greece 18 to 20 June 2013
After a long and rough (several Asian girls were very sick) ferry ride on the Sea Jet 2,, leaving 45mins late (3.30pm) and going via the islands of Naxos, Koufonissia, Shinoussa, Ios, Santorini and Folegandros we arrived at the port (Adamas) of Milos at 9.30pm, we took the taxi for 300metres to our Hotel Dionisis. We were met by the lovely owner who settled us in to our room.
We then went out for a walk and find a bit of dinner. It was a beautiful night, very balmy. The restaurants were lined up on the waterfront. There was even a restaurant that served only deserts – icecream, yoghurts, slices, you name it, they served it. We shoes a place that served gyros and salad in pitta, served Greek-style.
After breakfast we hired a ATV motorbike and set off for the southern beaches on the advice of our host at the hotel. All the boat cruises which focused on the western side of the Island were cancelled due to windy weather. This island is known for its unusual rock formations resulting from its origination (volcanic erupted island) and
There is one major road on the island which is sealed and 2 lanes, then many secondary, single-lane roads and lots and lots of dirt roads – which we got lost on!!!
The beaches were beautiful and we found them very protected from the wind. The water was a glorious deep blue. Contrast that with brilliant white rock formation – pretty spectacular! At our 4th
beach we had a grilled Greek cheese and coffee and then went on our way.
We got back on the ATV and it wouldn’t start. We got the restaurant owner to call the Rent a Car place and in 15 minutes they arrived and said that the battery needed attention. They took us back to base and gave us an air-conditioned car. It wasn’t as much fun as the ATV but it was comfortable in the air-conditioning.
We then headed to the northern beaches and the most north-eastern town of Pillona. After a beach-side cold drink we went to see some interesting beaches with amazing rock structures. The photos will tell the story.
We visited the ancient fishing town of Klima, with buildings with different coloured doors and the
whole seaside village framed by white cliffs. Out the front of one of the houses we saw an old dentist’s chair. In one of the photos is Tom sitting in the dental chair with mouth wide open!!!
We then saw the catacombs which claim to be the second best to the catacombs in Rome. It had closed so we couldn’t go in. The Ancient Theatre was next on our list. Extensive restoration was taking place on this old structure. It should be good when it is complete.
It was about 6.00pm after we saw the beaches ‘on our list’ so drove to the capital of Milos, Plakes. At the restaurant, we again had traditional Greek food – Greek salad, oven-grilled capsicum and Tom had rosemary and lemon chicken and I had crumbed calamari – yum.
It was then time to walk up to the towns castle which sat on top of the highest hill in town, to watch the sunset. There were only a couple of dozen people up there. It was beautiful. There was a gentle breeze blowing. It was fascinating to see the sun reflect on the white buildings. They lit up brightly.
the sun saw set, we went back to the hotel, showered and then went out for icecream and ouzo (it’s Greece after all).
Next day (20/6) was departure day at 9.30am. We packed our bags, had a leisurely breakfast at one of the restaurants along the waterfront and waited for our ferry to Santorini to come – it was 30 minutes late – but who cares!!!!
On the ferry we met an interesting Norwegian couple. He was a graphic designer, and with very good English. He was fascinating to talk with. Mental note: learn more about the history of the Vikings. There are lot of myths that confuse the real history of the Vikings. It’s now off to Santorini.
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