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REFLECTIONS ON. . . AND OF PAROS

From Naxos we sailed (at least for a while before motoring) less than 10 NM to the northern tip of Paros, just across the channel.  A Cypriot-American we met in Naxos had recommended the anchorage at Ioannou which is part of a large bay off the town of Naousa.  The pilot guide called this spot “idyllic”, and indeed it was.  Sparkling clear water and a sandy bottom made for easy anchoring.

Ioannou Bay view to Naousa

Ioannou Bay view to Naousa

The peninsula surrounding the anchorage is a nature preserve and park lined with hiking trails, and there is a small beach club reminiscent of France or Italy.  The park is also attractive to “naturists” who like sunning and swimming “au natural”, although they are asked to keep a discreet distance from the small chapel sitting on the shore.  It also hosts an eight day Summer Solstice Festival starting on June 20th which includes music, art and other activities.

Chapel overlooking Ioannou

Chapel overlooking Ioannou

Modern amphitheater will host a Summer Solstice concert

Modern amphitheater will host a Summer Solstice concert

Destiny from Beach Club

Destiny from Beach Club

The variety of boats that congregated here included mega-yachts equipped with ski boats and wave runners, making the anchorage a little less tranquil, but for the most part it was as described in the pilot guide.

Big and bigger yachts filled the anchorage

Big and bigger yachts filled the anchorage

The second night we moved to the marina at the little town of Naousa just across the bay.

Approaching  Naousa

Approaching Naousa

After anchoring in a small cove to the west of the marina, we found that the marina was free and there was plenty of room.  Although it didn’t have water or power, despite towers awaiting both, it was nice to hop off the boat onto shore to go for a walk to the ruins of a Venetian fort that sits at the harbor entrance, or to go to dinner at one of the many outdoor tavernas that line the quay.

Venetian Fort

Venetian Fort

Kent never saw a fort he didn't want to climb. . .Jolie is not so sure!

Kent never saw a fort he didn't want to climb. . .Jolie is not so sure!

The calm water in the harbor and late afternoon to dusk light made for many interesting reflections.

Reflections of water on fishing boat

Reflections of water on fishing boat

Eventide Reflections

Eventide Reflections

. . .all around the harbor.

. . .all around the harbor.

Reflections of Sunset

Reflections of Sunset

Candles reflecting on Gold

Candles reflecting on Gold

. . .and on harborside diners.

. . .and on harborside diners.

Street lamp Reflections

Street lamp Reflections

Sometimes, the beauty of these towns is hard to capture in pictures or words.  Suffice it to say, each is unique and breathtaking in its own way.

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