Even though it was still fairly early in the day it was already hot and humid in Paros. Unlike Mykonos, there was no breeze to mask the day's heat. We left the port in the island's capital of Parikia on foot to walk to the first destination of Panagia Ekatontapyliani - known also as the Church of 100 Doors.
The common name of the church is a bit odd, because as far as we could see there aren't 100 doors or gates or even windows. It is, though, an impressive church building that dates back to the year 326 and is one of Greece's oldest & best preserved Byzantine Churches. The stone structure belies its age. The church and associated museum were both interesting and worth the visit. The museum wasn't large, but had some fascinating artifacts or in some case fragments of artifacts. From the church we walked through some of Parikia on our way back near the port area to pick up a bus that would take us to the next destination of Naoussa. On the way back to the port we passed a very interesting Frankish Castle that had been built in the 1200s by the Venetians, but the materials used in the construction of the castle are believed to have come from ancient sacred structures from all over Paros. Recycling in the 1200s to be sure. The unique architecture of the castle does give the appearance of the recycling of stonework from those other structures. Fascinating, to say the least.
Naoussa is a picturesque fishing village located in the northeast of the island of Paros. In the small harbour area there is the remnant of a Venetian castle and in addition to the fishing business it looked like this was where most of the restaurants, bars & cafés were located in this small town. It also appeared to be the location you'd use to travel by boat to some beach destinations on Paros.
We took a walk around the harbour area then decided to find a spot to get out of the sun for a moment and get a drink too. Before we finished the first drink we figured to make this our lunch stop so we ordered some food and another round of drinks. It turned out to be a fitting way to spend our time in this sleepy fishing village. Evidence seemed to suggest that this area might take on a quite a different look in the evening. It would have been interesting to have been able to see what the Naoussa night life was like.
We me back up with our tour group at the agreed time and location to head back to Parikia. We didn’t want to return to the ship just yet, so once back in Parikia we made our way to walk around the town. We found a number of very nice shops selling some jewellery that had a somewhat different style to the jewellery we had seen previously in Mykonos. We found one particular shop called Aithra that had a good selection of things that suited Linda so it was no surprise that most of our purchases this day came from that particular shop. We did find a spot to get some refreshing gelato and it was probably around 3:30pm that we decided maybe it was time to head back to the ship for a bit of air-conditioned comfort after the time we had spent in the heat and sun in Paros.
At 5:30pm we went back up to the Living Room on Deck 10 to check out something that was new to us on Azamara Journey - wine & tapas served there in the late afternoon/early evening. Was nice to enjoy some small bites with wine in the Living Room and then make our way down to Mosaic Café on Deck 5 to finish it off with espressos. We went to the main dining room Discoveries for dinner at about 8:00pm followed by a return visit to the Living Room for a after dinner drinks. It wasn’t anywhere near as busy this night as it had been the night before, although we were in there a bit earlier this night.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.