Back in Athens now, arrived this afternoon from paros after three nights there, caught a ferry back across (4 hours). The islands were fantastic, was really nice to get away from it all for a few days, paros was great, different to syros but just as nice, we stayed much closer to a town in paros, about 5 minutes walk from the second biggest town, but by town it I mean small port, it was dead during the day, only came alive in the evenings which was really nice seeing as it was so hot during the day, even the locals were complaining about the heat, we didnt mind though! After having a quick look round the town and buying some breakfast we spent our first day there on the beach, (arrived late the night before and got a transfer by andreas the hotel owner and his wife who were both lovely), in the afternoon we went back into town to have a proper look around then in the evening went back out again to eat at a taverna the owners of the hotel had recommended. The food was awesome, traditional and good value, I had Imam (dad you'll be jeleous!) lovely, they didn have many puddings so we went to another cafe and had some gorgeous baclava (Im getting close to my target of eating my body weight of the stuff) and a greek coffee and watched the footy. The next day we went over to antiparos, an islet off paros, and went to the famous cave there which although small was very impressive, after looking round antiparos we went back to paros' main town and looked round there and bought some bread, necterines and tomatoes. We ate said food on the balcony of our hotel room and then went back out in the evening to the same cafe to eat yet more baklava and watch yet more footy! today was pretty much all spent traveling, bit of a shock being back in hostels, especially as the heat has brought out some un savoury smells! but at least this one has a kitchen so we've just had spaghetti with octopus and mozerella and basil sauce (amazing what you can buy in a tin!!!) tomorrow we are catching a train to patra and from there a ferry (leaving at 23.59 for some strange reason) to venice, (31 hour journey to venice!)I've had to buy another book because I suddenlly got into my cambridge one and read almost the entire thing on the ferry today then realised 31 hours is a long time with nothing to read! this evening we're going to go and find a cafe in athens and watch even more football, enjoy our last night in greece. Its seeming very close to the end now, venice should be great though, really looking forward to that, its going to seem very cold when we get home though!
love to all