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Syros, Greece

An apartment to relax in

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I'm afraid this is quite a short blog entry because we got lazy on this island, Syros.

We stayed in a beautiful apartment; full kitchen, breakfast bar, two balconies with sea views and sofa to chill out on. Although we were paying a little more for this place (25 Euros) we decided we would save money and cook for ourselves everyday. I loved it; we made a full chicken roast dinner with roast potatoes and veg, then this was enough for a further nights meal and chicken orzo pasta on another day. We then went down to the local market and got ourselves a fresh fish (we're not sure what it was) and served it with baked leeks, tomatoes and feta. Delicious! I even made homemade cherry bread and butter pudding to satisfy Jason's sweet tooth. It was a nice apartment to chill in, write some blogs, edit photographs and plan our next stint in Japan, especially as the weather was a mix of sun and showers. Unfortunately, this meant that we didn't explore a lot of the island.

Syros is completely different to the other islands we'd visited. It is the most populated of the Cyclades, and yet one of the smallest islands. It's got a major port that is central to industrial distribution around the Greek islands and the old town is steeped in history and culture. There are none of those cute, small white painted houses, instead they're grand mansions with ornate balconies and ceilings. For such a small area there are plenty of museums to visit (we only visited the archeological museum), grand town hall and beautiful main square. The square, Plateia Miaouli, feels more Italian than Greek, lined with trees and cafes. As you climb the many steps to the top of the hill, entering a town area called Ano Syros, there's a large church Agios Giorgio's that dominates the town and has views out to sea.

The only other thing we did on our 5 night stay on the island was head down to the rocky, man made bathing area on the edge of the town. Although it wasn't the prettiest of beaches, it did have perfect swimming conditions and a view of the coast line with those huge mansions lining it, most of which are now luxury hotels with posh terraces.

Sorry we couldn't tell you much more about this island, but we do now feel a little more planned for Japan and well rested to meet our parents in Istanbul in a few days time...can't wait!

Posted by bloorsontour 13:00 Archived in Greece

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Glad your well rested for a fun packed few days in Istanbul. So excited!!!? xxx

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