Paxos: A Greek Gem Among the Stars

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The best way to see the islands ins and outs of the land is to rent either a car or a scooter – very Greek/Italian. There is a local bus that I witnessed scaling the hills occasionally so you could always be brave and try your luck with that – but Greek methods of timing assure me that it won’t be promptly on time! If you’re really brave you can always give walking a go! Once you have your means of independent transport, I recommend taking all of the roads that interest you, you will find some beautiful and serene spots. I would however warn you, to reduce future disappointment or frustration, that the road signs – specifically those directing you to historic sites or churches – are liars. You will follow the direction of these brown sign posts in hope of finding a cistern or church dating from the early years of the island, but instead end up in a new villa or apartment complex, or more hopefully at a dead end surrounded by chickens or sheep who will watch you warily with more interest than even the noisiest Greek woman sat on a plastic chair outside her front door in a flowery frock. All is not lost though, these sites do exist and you will most likely find them the next day whilst searching for something else in a different area. I had this particular experience with the early Christian basilica of Ayia Marina  which had spontaneously placed markings and then two signs very far away which both claimed to be in front of this monument marking it for tourists such as myself: it was a difficult pilgrimage to the ruins.All in all, this island has countless charms and so many great things about it. It is perfect if you are looking to relax, shop for beautiful little treasures, talk to locals and learn about their walks of life, and basically do nothing else. Its an island of leisure where you really don’t HAVE to do anything. But really, try looking at the stars.

Gaios From Above

Gaios From Above

 

Colours of Paxos

An altar-like construction, curiously filled with plastic and bits of rubbish...

An altar-like construction, curiously filled with plastic and bits of rubbish…

 

Beautiful abandoned shop building on the side of the road

Beautiful abandoned shop building on the side of the road

 

Goats on Roads

Goats on Roads

 

Abandoned Vintage Car

Abandoned Vintage Car

 

One of the many monuments you may or may not find!

One of the many monuments you may or may not find!

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