Sun 22 Oct 06
Greece just keeps getting better and better. We've explored more islands, and they've all been great. It started with an overnight ferry from Athens, heading to the island of Amorgos, in the Cyclades (pronounced Ki-Klah-Dez). The water was a bit rough, and Jocelyn was not too happy with it, and after a decent nights sleep with our sleeping bags rolled out on the floor, we were happy to be on solid land once again.
Amorgos was amazing. It's a really long and narrow island, with mountains running all the way down. This makes for some spectacular scenery, and an excellent location for the Hora (capital of the island), on the top of the ridge. Not only that, but the landscape is full of old stone fences and terraces for crops which were really cool. The next day, which happened to be Jocelyn's birthday, we rented a scooter for the unbelievably low price of 5 Euros. This allowed us to go see a cool monastery on the side of a cliff, where the keeper gave us some Greek delight (same as the Turkish kind) and a bit of a sweet liquor, which tasted like cinammon. Miam miam. It was then off to explore a few beaches, and then a nice dinner by the port.
The next day we were off at 6 in the morning for our next island hop. The sea was angry that day, and the tiny ferry we were on was not very happy with it. Jocelyn was even less happy. But we did survive, and were rewarded with the beatiful, but tiny island of Donousa (population 110, and only about 5 other tourists). We spent time at the beaches, including a completely secluded one that was ours alone for the entire day. Clothing was optional and we took up that offer. There's just something about swimming naked in the sun.
Our next stop was another small island, Koufonisia. This one had a bit more tourist infrastructure, but not much. Unfortunately, the weather was not the greatest, in fact, a huge storm came through. We spent the whole day in our room, and the next day, when we were supposed to leave, the ferry had been cancelled. However, there are worse things than being stranded on a Greek island.
We are now on a much bigger island, Naxos. It's been a nice change, having a big town where things are still open (on all the other islands, most things have closed for the off season). We also rented a scooter yesterday to explore the beautiful interior of this island. Good times.