These flights are on the Norwegian Airlines site. I saw Gatwick to Santorini in June for £78 and in July £88, included taxes and fees. I searched three other of the big discount web sites and did not find Norwegian listed. Check out your city and destinations. Paros is an easy ferry trip from Athens, Mykonos and Santorini and not too bad from Crete.
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|Busy week day in September, Ag. Georgios, Antiparos|
That said, the evidence seems to be that the Brits and the Irish visitors were down this year. Americans are so few they don't register on the meter but are certainly appreciated by the islanders. I am encouraged by anything that shows Greece and the Greek islands in a good light to my fellow English speakers. So was pleased to hear about a concert tour that is designed to show the positive side of Greek culture.
More than a music show it will highlight poetry, video and paintings and feature some of the top names in contemporary music from Greece. Titled "The Other Side of Greece" it is one night only in London on 30 October. The performance is subsidized by the Greek National Tourism Organisation so tickets are only £10 for standing and £15 for seating. So if you are near London (or know anyone who will be) consider turning out for a night of celebrating the infectious Greek spirit.
More details on their Facebook page
As I wrote earlier we hosted the Paros Yoga Retreat in mid-September. I judge it successful because we frequently heard the comment, "It doesn't get any better than this!" Stella at Margarita Studios quickly became everyone's favorite "mom" because she took such great care of us. Every meal time was full of fake moaning and groaning about the quantity and quality of the choices available. As usual on Paros, we could taste the freshness of the locally grown ingredients.
The morning yoga sessions led by Bram Levinson were the start of days full of activities and serious beach time. After a sampling of several beaches, each person chose their favorite for frequent visits. The highlight of the tours and activities, if not the whole retreat, was the Antiparos boat trip with Captain Ben. That boat rocked!
For me it was a real pleasure to be surrounded by consistently happy, positive people. Everyone was able to put aside their pressures from back home and focus on enjoying the pleasure of a Greek isle.
For the yoga viewpoint I will refer you to Bram's blog.
"This retreat has been a really special one, in much different ways than previous ones. This group was the first to want to be together almost all the time. This group was the first to express the desire to have the classes brought to an intermediate level. And this group was the first that saw three people stay for the first week, and three more come for the last 4-5 days. Regardless of all of that, this group wasn't completely unique to past ones, as once again, a fantastic group of like-minded souls came together from different spots around the globe to bask in the soul-stirring energy that is only found in Greece."Read more from Bram
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When I think of old photos of Greece I am thinking of the period before tourism developed in the 1960's and 70's. Well how about 1903 to 1913! Check out this fabulous collection of "unspoiled" Greece.
|The Acropolis in 1903|
At my age those "Now I have seen everything!" moments usually apply to weird and wacky videos and photos on the internet. This week, however, I actually learned something new about ancient Greece.
Thanks to Greek Food by Sam(He used to write a good blog but now just Twitters occasionally: @greekfood) I discovered the Pythagorean Cup. Also known as a Tantalus cup it forces the user to drink in moderation only. If filled, it automatically siphons the entire contents out the bottom. Thus it can be used for practical jokes as well.
You might think this some modern gimmick using the ancient Greek theme but here is a photo of an apparently old cup. The photo is from Wikipedia where you also can learn more about how the cup works. Also shown are modern ones that you can find on Crete and Samos.
So this September we will team with certified yoga instructor Bram Levinson from Montreal, Canada to host a 10 day yoga workshop on Paros. Bram tells about it from the yoga perspective on his blog with more facts on his web site.
From my perspective the emphasis will be on the food, drink and resort accommodations at Margarita Studios in Ambelas with side trips to other island culinary hot spots such as Magaya and the Aliki sea front. September is the absolutely best month to enjoy Paros. Join us, won't you?
In One Year Lived by Adam Shepard (no relation) you will meet a young man who has crammed into one year: around the world travel with fantastic adventure, fulfilling his sophomoric bucket list, helping with volunteer projects, meeting and marrying the woman of his dreams, personal enrichment and gathering material for a career of writing and speaking. It is told in a young, casual style as if he were telling a funny story to friends at a local watering hole.
I recommend this book for the same reason that I publish personalized travel guides: not so the reader can repeat the same journey, rather to serve as a stimulus to chose your own course and pursue it with confidence you can leap over, or at least get around, the inevitable hurdles.
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Antiparos made the news headlines in a good way last month with a new high quality olive oil product. The announcement is buried in several organisational levels so it is difficult to know just who or what is involved. But the idea is that olives grown on Antiparos are processed on Antiparos into high value extra virgin olive oil that is sold world wide. Also a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Greek America Foundation's Greek Legacy Scholarship to bring young Greek Americans to Greece. Learn more at this web site: ReinspireGreece.com
Here's a fun holiday activity: dog walking! Vicki Preston of Paros Life has put out this announcement:
PAROS: CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS...
can you spare just a couple of hours once per month?
We need 31 volunteers - one for each day of the month - to help with the dog walking at the shelter. If you can spare a couple of hours a month (and of course you can offer to do more than this if you'd like to), please add your name to the schedule here.
Last month I received this query: "Please could you give me some self-guided walks (easy) from Parikia, which are interesting, reasonably short – under 3 hours."
Here is my response:
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|Use private gates on public paths|
The point being that most of the back roads are quite safe for walking and pedaling due to little traffic. Plus there are plentiful informal trails along the coast. Beaches are public. Just do it--as long as you have a better quality map than the numerous free ones.
For those who like a little more structure take a look at the EveryTrail.com site. They have several entries for Paros. Also I would be happy to have comments about other walks you know or like or to try and answer specific questions about specific locations.
Thanks to Stella at Margarita's for this news alert. She is the chef for our Greek taverna cooking classes
By the way, bookings are coming in for our private villa rentals so for the best selection you had best make your choices now at Paros villas 2013 looks to be a good year for Greece tourism. Join in!
This is a part of Greece tourism that Greek islanders seldom think of. In our ten years on Paros I think we saw snow maybe three times; once at sea level for a couple hours and twice dusting in the hills for a couple days.
Most Greece ski resorts opened before Christmas and others not far behind. Here is a list for those interested in searching more: Karpenissi, Vassilitsa, Pisoderi, Kaimaktsalan, Kalavryta, Pigadia, Seli, Elatohori, Metsovo, Falakro, and Parnassos.
Read about our spring trip to the ski town of Arachova.
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