Greetings from Paros,
I took a night flight from Helsinki to Athens and arrived to Greece around 3am. I took the airport buss to the harbor and waited couple hours before boarding the 7.25 ferry to Paros. Cause I had been up all night, I basically snoozed the whole boat ride.
Around noon we finally arrived to Parikia, Paros. I was so hungry and tired I just sat down to the first restaurant I could find. I spend couple hours in Parikia before taking the buss to Naoussa to check-in at my hotel.
I stayed in Hotel Cavos, where I had my own little balcony with a sea view and the beach was just a 2 min walk away. The owner, french Philippe, was so friendly and helpful! I was his first Finnish guest – he said he had had guests from Sweden, Denmark and Norway – but never before anyone from Finland.
As soon as I had unpacked at the hotel I went to the beach for a little nap. Later in the evening I explored the cute streets of Naoussa. On my second day I took a buss to Parikia and did some shopping. I love all the tiny shops and beautiful jewelry they have here! And the olive soap…
Turned out that exploring Paros was super easy! The buss connections where so good, and one way ticket costed only 1,80e. On my third day I made a little day trip to Lefkes, a cute village in central island. I ate a greek salad close to the church and searched for shadows after walking the hot streets for couple hours.
Saturday I took a buss to Santa Maria and spend like 3 hours just laying on the beach (in a beach chair that costed 20 e – but was totally worth it). All in all, I didn’t have a lot of plans, I just did exactly what I wanted. I took naps on the beach close to my hotel, finished reading Murakami’s “Kafka on the shore”, ate nectarines every morning for breakfast, had ice cream around noon and had a cold coke every afternoon on my balcony before heading to dinner.
The temperature hanged around 30c from morning till evening. I started sweating as soon as I got out of my air-conditioned hotel room. I decided not to complain though – you will miss this in November when it is cold and dark in Finland, I told myself. I am not much of a swimmer, but here I swam a lot. I felt like a mermaid, diving in the turquoise water, loved how my hair felt after the salty sea water.
After 6 nights in Naoussa it was sadly time to head home. I took an evening ferry from Parikia around 7pm and arrived to Athens at midnight. I happened to meet a Swedish woman at the buss stop. We talked the whole buss ride about traveling and continued our discussion about our countries (the similarities and the differences) and about literature and what not. Before I even realized, three hours had passed and at 3.30 am it was time to board.
I had the best time, seriously – I felt so relaxed. I felt comfortable traveling alone in Greece as I have been there before, the locals are so nice and the atmosphere on the islands is just so… chill.
But maybe next time we will go together, would love to show you the island.