Golden Beach in September
Through my own experience and what I have read from other commentators September is the best combination of sunny weather without high winds, warm sea water, low crowds and open facilities. So don't wait any longer; come to Greece now!

If you are not the spontaneous type now is also a good time to plan for 2015.  Most accommodation providers had a good year in 2014 and are now taking bookings for next year.  So popular places and dates will go early.  See our private villa collection for one, two, three, or four bedroom villas

The big event in my personal Paros life is our painting workshop in June 2015.  Any and all painters are welcome for a first class experience with instructor Crystal Beshara

Finally, yoga workshops on Greek islands are becoming more and more popular.  Now is the time to talk to your yoga instructor about escorting a group to Greece.  We make all the arrangements; they do all the yoga.

Paros yoga retreat on boat trip
September Yoga Retreat

My favourite source of up-to-date information about Greece travel is About Greece Travel by deTraci Regula.  Here are a few recent items from her newsletter.

Greece Resumes International Train Service:
Love trains? International train service to and from Greece will resume starting May 10th, with big discounts on tickets. The cross-border connections into the Balkans were a casualty of the... Read more
Waiting for Greece train to Turkey border.
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Good news - the Minoan Collection at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is now open to the public. While the museum opened late last year after roof repairs were finally completed, the Minoan Collection was the last holdout - and, of course, it's the main reason most visitors go to the museum. Now it is back in renewed glory.  Here's a chance to think way ahead - into 2015. 
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The X80 - Va Va Voom:
Check out the newest Express bus line. I do worry that Piraeus's excellent Archaeological Museum and Nautrical Museum may suffer since travelers may not be as "stuck" in Piraeus, but it makes it a lot easier for travelers to get into the heart of Athens and visit the Acropolis and other key sites.

More about the Piraeus Archaeological Museum:    http://gogreece.about.com/od/museumsingreece/a/piraeusmuseum.htm?nl=1    

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Editorial comment from Michael:  We have often spent evenings and/or mornings in Piraeus between flight and ferry connections and never considered ourselves "stuck".  Once you get away from the port and explore the yacht harbor areas you will find much of beauty and interest.  Cheers
Pireaus church

Please comment or send photo of what you have enjoyed in Pireaus.

This family run museum is a "must see" for Paros.  Perfect for a half-day break from the beach.  More at Folkloric Museum of the Cyclades   It is located in the delightful village of Aliki



Kolimbithres in April
Spring on Paros was early this year with plentiful flowers blooming by the field full.  Now Easter Week is well underway kicking off the tourist season.  Of course the weather is mostly warm and sunny (61F/17C) except for a few showers today and tomorrow.

Unless you are already on Paros or on the way there it is too late to enjoy the authentic Greek experiences of Easter for this year.  So I would like to whet your appetite for next year.  Easter in Greece is like no other country. It is the major holiday of the year. While based on the religious calendar it is centered around food and drink.  Read my 2014 article on Opinions Post.

If you want more, here is our account from 2006.  Or search this blog for several other posts on the holiday and the season.  If you would like a personalized package of accommodation, event guide and lamb barbecue with a local Greek family, contact me.

P.S.  I have often preached that it is a crime against humanity to visit Greece without seeing the Parthenon.  For those who have not yet made the trip here is unique interactive helicopter tour:  http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/11/18/the-parthenon-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before/

For those who would like to know more about all the major antiquity sites of ancient Greece tour my web site www.Visit-Ancient-Greece.com

Cheers

chinese_mass_wedding
Paros has long been a popular place for weddings.  This May Day will see that popularity multiply fifty fold.  The island is hosting a group wedding for 50 couples from China. The ceremony will be followed by traditional Greek food, music and dance.  I wonder which Chinese traditions will be observed.

More about Paros Weddings:
  Parosporos Beach Wedding  --  A British couple make it casual:  photos and video
  Aliki Wedding Venue --  Photos of a large wedding in a small village
  Another Greek Wedding
  Greek Island Weddings and Films  --  Good for business!

Photo Credit:  gtp

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