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Greece

Paros

We had a nice sail south from Syros to Paros. We had a plan to stop in Naoussa, because there you can stay for free in the marina and it is quiet from almost every wind directions (not from north)

We found out pritty soon that Naoussa is quiet also in another way in the winter. You will find a supermarket, bakery and a couple of restaurants, but nothing more. But you will find a bus to Parikia twice pr hour.

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Naoussa is a charming small village and I can imagine it will be really cosy there through the season.

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We had a short walk through the village, but at this moment it was not much to see.

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The northern part of the village.

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Small, narrow streets. It is like a labourinth, so be aware where you are going. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have many ideas for my own house!

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Blue is the colour!

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On the inside of the harbour we could stay safe for days.

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We did a walk to one of the most popular beaches, Kolympethres Beach, and found theese flowers on the way. It was so beautiful!! A Hawaiian lily.

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It was a really nice beach and Astor had a short swim, but I think it is too cold now…

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We sat here for a while and had an orange, before we walked back to the village.

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The view to the village on the way back from the beach. You can see the harbour on the left side.

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After a short break in the boat we took the bus to Parikia to pick up a rental car. Theese geese was also waiting for the bus ๐Ÿ™‚

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The bus stopped at the port in Parikia right before sunset.

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While waiting for the car rental to open we wandered around in the old town. Found this “station” for cats, I guess they were waiting for food.

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We were on Paros in October 2022 and here you can read about that:

The next day we drove to Lefkes to walk the 1000 year old Byzantine road. The village was cute, and I would love to have a longer stop here.

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The view from the square, close to the parking.

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And then we found a lot of cats again.

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And most of them wanted some treat.

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Small, narrow streets also here. Beautiful!

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We had to walk through the village to start on the trail.

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Unfortunately here we found a kitten who wanted to join us….

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It was so cozy and started to follow us.

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Down the hill we walked, and the kitten followed us…

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How can you get a kitten to turn around??

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We realised that we had to take him with us. We would also go the same way back. Some places he got a ride.

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This is a really beautiful hike. Here is the view back to Lefkes, and the highest mountain on the island behind the village.

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The trail is 3,5 km long and most of it is Parian Marble.

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It was a little bit downhill and uphill but it was no hard hike.

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I had a small break with the kitten.

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On the top of the hill and we can see over to Naxos. Look at the kitten, following Astor.

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Closer to Prodromos. We were not sure what to to with the kitten, because we couldn`t lose him in that village…

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I think we need to paint our house white and blue when we are coming home to Norway…..

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The people in the village were repering some Christmas celebration, but because of the cat our stop was pritty short.

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A cosy small village.

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We took the kitten with us and started the walk back to Lefkes. The kitten found some other cats here and I was thinking this could be a great movie. I believe this kitten has not been anywhere else before.

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On the top of the hill on the way back.

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We carried the kitten sometimes, at the end he was tired and wanted to just lay down…

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This was a beautiful trail, I will really recommend you to walk here!

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I tried to take a nice photo of Astor and the kitten, and the flowers…..

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but then the kitten was more interested in me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Almost back to the village we started from.

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And the kitten still follow us.

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When we came back to the village and the kitten was back home, he just fall on the ground and fell asleep. Poor cat, he was tired. We said “goodbye” and started walking back to the car through the village. We found more cats and one of them was relaxing! (this is not the kitten) The kitten started to follow us, but I guess he realized it was enough for today.

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Here is a video from this hike:

And here is the map for this trail:

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After Lefkes we drove to Marmara and Marpisa, two small villages close to Prodromos. We walked around, cozy villages but not much to see at this time of the year.

For us in Norway this is indoor plants…

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Not everything here is white and blue!

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Many nice details!

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And many old houses, ruins, abandoned.

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At the square!

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We tried to find a place for lunch but that is really hard in wintertime.

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After lunch we drove to the St. Antonios Monastery which lies on a hill on the east coast of the island. Small roads so we were lucky not meet any other cars.

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From that hill it was a nice view. Here you can see Marmara to the left, Marpissa to the right and Prodromos behind that.

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The view to the north.

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It was quite windy up there!

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The view to Naxos, our next destination!

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The next day we found a hiking group. We drove to the meeting point and joined them. Luckily there were other people not from Greece so it was possible to talk with someone!

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It was a route we wouldn`t have found on our own… It is often me planning our hikes, so it was nice to just follow someone else!

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Many people joined the group so it was a long line walking!

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Some climbing here and there..

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And some narrow places…

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We went to an old school, abandoned, to have a snack break.

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Maybe someone should have “cleaned” the trail before walking here..

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On the way back. This was an aroundtrip, look at the map at the end!

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Better trail on the last part!

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The view to the highest mountain of the island.

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Walking in a row…

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Here is map for the last trail:

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The next day was my birthday and Astor made breakfast with hot chocolate!

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In the evening we had shrimps for dinner. We love shrimps in Norway and we normally had it once a week. But the shrimps here is not good… .We should have choosen something else.

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We decided to leave Paros for now and had a small aroundtrip in Naoussa before heading over to Naxos.

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We walked to the bay north of Naoussa, beautiful place!

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It was nice having some Christmas lights in the boat. We stayed in Naoussa for free, but no water or electrisity.

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Our last evening on Paros, we manage to join the Christmas Tree Lightning:

Now we will sail over to Naxos were we will stay for a month or so over Christmas/New Year. Wish everyone of you all the best for 2024!

2 Comments

  • David Daintree

    We have a home on Naxos and live there 4/6 months of the year and it’s just the best place in the world. Loving your blog it’s fantastic ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท

    • laila.schonhardt

      Hi David! Thank you so much! We have been on Naxos for a month now, and we have been hiking and exploring, so many of my next post will be about Naxos. Today it is Epiphany so they had a ritiual in the harbour. We had a plan to do shopping, our last day with a car… everything except cafes and restaurants are closed.

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