We had a great time with Laura’s sister Cathy and her husband Brock who spent five days on Sabbatical III. We met them at the ferry dock in Paroikia (Parikia), Paros Island on May 31 and took them to Sabbatical III via rental car to the Monastery at Ioaunnou Bay, and from there by dinghy to our boat in the bay. We walked the beautiful hiking trails above the bay — climbing to the highest point to get sweeping vistas toward Mykonos. The next day we drove around the island, with long walks around Naoussa and the highland town of Lefkes.
Naoussa Harbor, Paros
On June 2 we sailed from northern Paros to St. Georges Bay in Antiparos Island, a distance of 28 nautical miles. The wind and sea was up, and the first 45 minutes heading north out of Paros was quite uncomfortable. When we turned downwind in the wide channel separating Paros and Naxos, we had a much smoother, and fast, sail. The highlights of Antiparos that we experienced were it’s famous cave, the charming town of Antiparos, and the nearby uninhabited island of Despotiko. Laura and I visited Despotiko Island two years ago and all we saw were goats and a fenced in area that was clearly an archaic ruin. This time, there was a large team of Greek, Italian, and American archaeologists and their students hard at work restoring the site. The lead American took the time to explain the history of the site and then we spent time chatting with the American students.