We spent two nights anchored at Rinia Island after our passage across the Aegean from the Dodecanese Islands to the Cyclades Islands. We hoped to visit Mykonos but the southerly did not quit so we went to Finikas (Foinikas) on Syros (Siros) Island. A good anchorage but not a charming town. We took the bus across the island to the main city of Ermoupolis in order to get SIMs for our internet devices and phone from Vodafone. Ermoupolis is a beautiful town and we enjoyed walking around and climbing to the highest hill to visit one of the cathedrals.
We sailed to Kythnos Island on May 19th, anchoring in Ayios Stefanos on the east coast. We spent one week here two years ago and loved the place. Then and now, we ate one meal a day at the one taverna in this small hamlet. Two years ago we established a warm relationship with Flora, one of the family proprietors of the taverna. This year, Flora was with away so that her daughter could go to school. Her brother Antony and his wife Magdelena were there, and, of course, the parents. Antony’s mother cooked and Magdelena served, and most days we were the only customers. The spring rains brought wildflowers to the hills that rise up steeply from this bay, and we had some wonderful walks.
We joined Antony and Magdelena in their pickup truck as they went to feed and water the “lambs”, goats, and chickens at three different locations on the island. They dropped us off at the chora, the charming highland town that is the urban center of the island. There we found some working internet at a cafe, lunch, plus some small stores.
We are now anchored at Nousssa, Paros Island. More on that later.