is a tiny island just a five minute ferry ride from the much
larger Poros Island which we passed on our way to Santorini.
On our British Air flight one of the attendants had suggested
we not miss Antiparos if we were looking for something truly
lovely and a little out of the way. He wasn't wrong at the
time, though things were already changing.
actor, Tom Hanks and his wife of Greek heritage, Rita Wilson,
bought property on the island and were in the
building something Hollywoodesque. It was assumed that
their notoriety would bring a new level of tourism to the
island and already construction of vacation homes and a
renovation of the small town had begun. For good or ill,
the economy of this tiny island is going to boom -- at
least for a while.
Mykonos after a very brief stay, we decided to take a look at Antiparos.
Getting off the ferry at Poros we made our leisurely way to the bus
depot about a block or so away from the dock. After waiting only
twenty minutes we boarded the bus to the dock
where we found a small ferry waiting to take us across the narrow
channel. For just a dollar or two we had crossed the large island
and the channel to find ourselves in the tiny town of Antiparos.
The harbor was lovely, chock a block with fishing boats and resting
tourist boats. Summer would be coming soon.
walked through the shore lined area of town town looking for the
night's accommodations and soon found ourselves happily settled in
at the Hotel George, a very low key place pictured below.
evening we wandered the town looking first for the bakery
and then finding a very authentic Greek restaurant where
Mom was hard at work in the kitchen. Restaurants owned by
foreigners would only be opening when the "season" got
early the next morning we enjoyed coffee on the patio overlooking
the harbor and later rented a car to take a closer look at
too far along in our travels we spied some of the very
recent foreign development. It looked pretty tasteful as
these things go.
time arrived soon and was terrific. Not only could we see
the fishing boats offshore, we could see the freshly caught
octopus drying right in front of the restaurant. Food doesn't
with appetites well satisfied we headed off for even less developed
areas of Antiparos.
wondered why there would be so many little churches which seemed
to far out number the possible parishioners, but that seems not uncommon
to town we enjoyed yet another evening with good food and wine and
the smell of salt air. The sounds of the boats at anchor in the harbor
tinkled us to sleep. The next day we spent wandering the town, stopping
often to admire gardens or architecture and all the little details
that make Greece such a pleasure to explore.