We recently went for a short week to the Cyclades. When it is my birthday I like to travel, and this year Mike invited me to celebrate it in awesome Greece.
We wanted to see our friends George and Ourania and admire their newborn son. Mike’s favorite food is Greek and we both love island hopping. Enough reasons I would say.
Choosing which islands to visit was hard as time was limited, but after some investigative work we came up with the following plan: fly to Athens, travel with the X96 bus to Piraeus, stay one night to see our friends and then take a ferry to Ios, Santorini (Mike kept saying I had to see that one) and Paros. On each island we stayed one or two nights. From Paros we were going to fly back to Athens.
Needless to say that we absolutely loved our trip. After three days we already dreamt about living on a Greek island, eating (and cooking) their magnificent pure food every day, making new Greek friends, installing our desks in our new apartment with a view (of course) and writing inspiring articles.
Sadly we had to go back… On the bright side this means we can start daydreaming again about our next visit.
What is it that we love so much about Greece? And yes, I know that we only know a small part of Greece. The two of us visited other parts of Greece and its islands on previous occasions and the love story lasts. In fact it even gets stronger every time.
First of all I have to say; the people of Greece with their warmth, authenticity and unique character. They are proud of their country and make sure we have a good time while we are visiting. The sense of hospitality has no peer.
Second is their wonderful, mouthwatering food. There was not a single meal we didn’t overeat. Pure, tasty and beautiful it is.
Third. Greece is Greece, there is no mistake to be made, whether it comes to architecture, food, people and way of doings things. They do it their way. The authentic way.
Number four. Okay so you know we love to be on the water. Well sailing through the Greek islands by ferry was exactly what we dreamt it would be and even better. Arriving by ship is a unique way to arrive on the islands. A first glimpse from far, discovering some landmarks and than finally when the stern ramp of the ship opens, setting foot on the island. No big cruise terminals, no airports or train stations. Ready to start discovering right away.
Five. Diversity. Every island has its own look and feel. This time we only got to visit three Cycladic Islands, and they were pretty different.
Santorini is really as picture perfect with its white houses and blue domed churches overlooking the caldera.
Ios is small and charming with gorgeous beaches and in particular the picturesque village of Chora. Imagine white houses, narrow alleys, enjoyable restaurants and cute shops.
Paros is the second largest island in the Cyclades and the third most popular after Santorini and Mykonos. As result it has more touristic infrastructure and even a small airport. We only had little time on this island but what we saw gave us a taste for more.
Room with a view in Paros
In the next blog post: What we love about Greece: 1. The people.