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Paros, Greece

17 Jul

Author: Kendal

I have been dying to go to Greece. Ever since I first saw The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Mamma Mia I have been longing to see it. I have sung the songs to Mamma Mia at least 400 times. We went to our “little island” (a phrase said in Mamma Mia) on a high-speed ferry; it took 3½ hours. We were able to get a glimpse of the other islands and what we should expect on our ride out to our destination: the island of Paros. The ferry ride went very quickly, it was incredible to be on the sea blue water with a clear blue sky.  The day just kept getting better and better.  Paros seems not that busy which I like and seems to consist of mainly Greeks! A person holding a sign up with our hotel name, Hotel Afrodite, picked us up at the port. His name is Arsenis and he is super nice and he drove us to our hotel. We were then taken to heaven, he took us in our hotel and I fell madly in love with it! It consisted of everything I had wanted from Greece.

We started our first full day in Greece by eating in our amazingly awesome Hotel Afrodite! The breakfast was delightful. It has a really nice staff, and the place is beautiful, it’s like it was cut out of a movie and plopped down right by the beach. It has a little garden in the back where you can buy a drink and relax while reading or playing cards with the family. It’s about a 3-minute walk from the front steps to the beach, about 1 block. After breakfast we went and changed into our swimsuits and headed out for a walk. We walked along the beach and past the shops. Then Dad and I went and climbed out on these huge rocks into the sea. The wind was blowing like crazy and almost pushed us over a couple of times (almost). We walked to another beach and found many different sea urchins within the rocks; we also went in the water a little. After that we walked to the grocery store and bought a couple of things we were in need of.  Later we walked back to the hotel, where Mom and I went on the Internet and the boys played cards in the garden out back. When we were done with that, we got ready for dinner. We headed toward the beach and ate at the cutest restaurant right on the water, the water is crystal clear and you can see the sea urchins from our table. It was about 8pm; it seems everyone eats later here. We had fresh calamari, some grilled feta and bread (very tasty), fresh caught Sea Bream fish (with some yummy sauce), and then some watermelon for dessert. Afterwards we walked back to the greekest hotel for a good night’s rest. Welcome to Greece!  We love it here!!

I love our room - when we walked in there was candy on the bed, drinks for me and Keegan and Mom and Dad got a bottle of wine, all gifts from the Hotel.

That's me standing in front of Hotel Afrodite.

Aliki Beach in Paros, Greece

Aliki Beach - that's Keegan and me swimming.

We got to watch the US Women's Soccer Team beat France in a restaurant on the beach before dinner one night.

Fresh calamari, yummy!

Sea Bream - very tasty!

It was a great night!

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8 Comments

Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Greece

 

8 responses to “Paros, Greece

  1. Andrew P.

    July 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Looks like you had a good time. Did you get to Anti-Paros? I am starting my 2011 Greek holiday in Paros in 6 week’s time and I am counting down the days.

     
  2. Kristi

    July 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Glad you finally made it to Greece Kendal! Isn’t it beautiful?! I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

     
  3. Grandpa & Grandma, Mom & Dad

    July 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Kendal,
    You make us want to go back. Don’t you love the color of the buildings. I loved your picture in front of the hotel Of course I loved all of the pictures. Happy BD to you and Keegan too. What a great way to celebrate a BD.

     
  4. Julie E.

    July 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Kendal Happy Birthday! What a fabulous memory..How was the water temp. it just looks so warm and inviting. The blue is beautiful. Just like the movies…Enjoy

     
  5. Aunt Nancy

    July 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Kendal in Greece!!! Yeah and Yahoo!!! The pictures and everything you wrote is exactly like the movies…my dream international vacation! Happy Birthday to you and Keegan!!! We love you both!!!

     
  6. Annette and Werner

    July 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Kendal!
    You made it, your birthday in Greece!
    We have read ever blog entry till now and we like them all, the pictures are great.
    We are sad, that USA lost the final. But now we all can say USA and Germany feel sympathy for Japan, so let them win.

    Take care and have fun Annette, Steffi, Tina, Werner and Buddy

     
  7. Pamela S.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Kendal and Keegan from all of us! We hope everything is going perfect for all of you. Love you so much!! Great way to celebrate a birthday! Your cousin just got her drivers license today…!!! Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!!!!! Love you ALL!!! Cousin Libby, Bridget, Aunt Pam Uncle Tom and Roscoe

     
  8. Carey

    July 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Great blog entry Kendal! The islands look GORGEOUS with the clear blue water!

     

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