Monday 30th May 2011
We had a slow start to the day as we were packing up and leaving the hotel and island, ferry was booked for 1535 hours.
We had paid our bill last night so just had to move the bags to reception and clear the room.
We moved just before 11 o'clock and decided to have a decent breakfast to set us up for the day.
The beach beckoned not far from the hotel and having made the important purchase of a sewing kit in a local supermarket we found a little beach cafe called Finikas which seemed to do a variety of breakfasts, we had two number 6's, juice, coffee, ham cheese, toast, butter, jams, honey, eggs, bacon, peppers and tomato's. The bill was €11.40 and a much better breakfast than yesterday. All in the sunshine, sitting on the beach by the sea, life could be worse as the saying goes.
We wandered off into the town as we were sort of looking for a new bedside night clock. My previous one has been squashed in travelling and no longer works, we eventually found something that would do and got it at
half price, so even better.
We ambled back to the hotel retrieved our bags and took them to the harbour area.
A beer and a coke while we waited, then down to the terminal - I use the term loosely - and our ferry slightly late, threw off and on the passengers and cars and we were on our way at 4 o'clock.
The vessel is a very swizzy looking fast craft type thing and not what I would have imagined.
We had two nights in Naxos and we didn't do any sort of full exploration, but the Chora area where we spent most of our time was very pleasant. There are plenty of shops and restaurants for the tourists but they appear to be used by the locals as much which is a good sign. There is far less of a hustle bustle about the place and the town/harbour is quite spacious.
The journey passed uneventfully and we arrived in Paros somewhere around 5 o'clock. Passengers and cars on and off and by the time you turn round the ferry is leaving.
We again, through Pat's investigative research, had a vague idea where our next accommodation was located and approximately 10 minutes on foot if you believe what you read.
Anyway we did find our way straight there and a little message left us a telephone number to ring and the guy came and checked us in. I am typing this at 5.45 and the water is being boiled for coffee, so here we are at the Malamas Apartments, Paros booked for four nights.
We showered and changed then went to find a supermarket and dinner.
We headed further out of the town initially and things seemed to be diminishing, so we headed back and found a large decent supermarket. We weren't window shopping at this time as we were weary from travelling so got what we wanted and out.
We saw a laundry sign and took a closer look, they are open and we will take some stuff there tomorrow. We have been doing some washing as we go along but we will dump a load of larger items there tomorrow to make life easier.
Then food, Pat had been studying them as we walked and we chose the Elaia. A Greek salad, moussaka and pork chop. The meal was a cut above with toasted bread for the table and tapenade, nice decor and table settings etc. and a not unreasonable price at €31.20 with drinks.
We went back to room and that was us finished for the day.
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