Antiparos ,Greece

Apr 9th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Thank you Anabelle2!
He din't, so lets hope he will;-)
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Apr 9th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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Tank you again, Yes now its time for bed!Sleep tigth
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Apr 9th, 2007, 10:33 PM
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Okay, I'm up and have an hour before going to work. Annabel mentioned sea kayaking, and you can find the two companies who do this by clicking on 'activites' in the dropdown menu of the website I gave you earlier. In there you will find links to their own websites. Also recommend at least once you take a round-island boat trip. If you stay at Hotel Mantelena, Theilla will be tied up at the dock directly in front of the hotel. M/S Alexandros can be found next to the boats that go to Parikia on Paros.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 11:51 PM
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God Morgen (testing your norwegian)
This boat trip I alredy made a page about in my private guide bok. Yes I think that will be one of the first days to get an overlok over the island.
Now i have been looking at the page: It's looks beautiful!!! I will defenitly try this I also was thinking about trying snorkling. amalie
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Apr 10th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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God Morgen, Amalie, but since it is now evening I should say god kveld (had to look it up) I was in Oslo a few years ago, but everyone spoke such good English, I had no chance to try any Norwegian. My father's family come from Bergen, and my mother's from Valdres.

I always bring my snorkel and mask, because there is good snorkling from the beaches around Antiparos. The boat trips usually stop in a few places where you can jump in the water, including the archway you can see in some photos of the island. Blue Island Divers also take people out snorkling, but their emphasis, of course, is on scuba.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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God kveld Heimdall!
Me and my housband had a beutifull cottage in Valdres (Beitostølen). Have you ever ben there? Bergen is also a very carming town. I lived there fore 3 yers when I was about 20. Now I tink there is no more info for me on the internett on Antiparos... and i,m sad about it. I want to reed as much as possible about it. But in two monts il be there
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Apr 10th, 2007, 12:25 PM
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No, I haven't been to Valdres, but perhaps one day I will. My next trip to Norway will probably be Bergen.

There's not much more I can tell you about Antiparos either, so that just leaves me to wish you a wonderful trip.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Hei igjen Heimdal...
yes,il think I have the info i can get. But tank you for your wonderful help. And plese ask me for info when you somtime will come to Bergen
Im sorry that we are not at antiparos at the same time! God natt, sov godt;-)
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Apr 11th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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For a contrary opinion: I didn't like Antiparos at all. Yes it is beautiful with a very pretty town, but that pretty town was absolutely crawling with tourists -- it was like a set from Disneyland, and this was still early June! And the mufflerless motorbikes, admittedly a problem in lots of places in Greece, are worse in Antiparos than any other place I've been in Greece: you sit in the taverna and they ROAR-ROAR-ROAR right by your elbow; you lie on the beach and they ROAR-ROAR-ROAR right behind you; you try to sleep at night and they ROAR-ROAR-ROAR right under your window.

Obviously lots of people think Antiparos is wonderful, but I thought I should give people the other side of the story: if you're especially bothered by hoards of tourists and plagues of roaring motorbikes, you might want to try to find a quieter island.

As for mosquitoes, yes they're common in Greece, and air conditioning doesn't always keep them out. Greek hotel and studio rooms typically aren't hermetically sealed. Most hotels and studios are equipped with machines that burn some kind of chemical that kills them. There are two types: one with a little jar of liquid that you plug directly into the wall socket, the other a sort of flying saucer that you put an oblong pellet into the center of and plug in with a cord. In my experience the latter work better. You can also buy these at most mini-marts. I've never seen these in the US; I suspect they are illegal here because the chemicals do horrible things to you, but they do even more horrible things to the mosquitos, so I use them anyway.
 
Apr 11th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Thank you for your contrary opinion, littlebigshot. Those of us who return to Antiparos every year fervently hope that people will heed your advice and leave the island to us.

When I sit in a taverna on the pedestrian-only main street, there are no motorbikes roaring past, or indeed any other vehicles save the three-wheeled baby strollers so popular with Scandinavian families. When I go to bed at night I never hear the roar of a motorbike, because where I stay is off the main thoroughfares. One of the things I like about Antiparos is that it is so quiet.
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Apr 11th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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Tank you heimdall! And all the pepole I'we been talking to agree with you!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 03:11 AM
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Littlebigshot, I have been scratching my head over your description of Antiparos in June, which is unlike anything I have ever experienced on the island, and I was there in August last year.

I can only think you must have been there over Pentecost weekend, with the following Monday, Holy Spirit Day, a Greek public holiday. Over those three days Greeks from the mainland swarm to the islands, filling up tables in tavernas, and flocking to the beaches in late afternoon (Greeks know when to stay out of the sun). Many bring their scooters and mopeds with them.

Had you been on any other Greek island you would have experienced the same thing. Bear with it for a few days, and the island goes back to its quiet ambience until high season. Even then, Antiparos, with its mostly pedestrian-only village is a good place to avoid the noise. You must have dined and stayed near the port, where it can sometimes be noisy with cars and motorbikes coming off the ferry. The main street of the village and narrow passages around it are pedestrian-only. Children play in the street with their parents sitting at near-by tables, happy in the knowledge that they are completely safe.

In my previous post, when I said "Those of us who return to Antiparos every year fervently hope that people will heed your advice and leave the island to us", I didn't mean to give the impression that newcomers aren't welcome. Anyone who wants to come to Antiparos will receive a warm welcome from islanders and regular visitors alike. Recently, however, with the island being visited by celebrities such as Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt, some of us a are beginning to worry that Antiparos will become too popular. In most of my posts I recommend people go to Naxos or Mykonos. ;-) I will be happy to answer any questions from people expressing an interest in coming to Antiparos, though.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Well, what a boring old world it would be if we all had the same opinion of everything. I'm not saying that Antiparos is good or bad, just offering as one data point that here is one person who didn't care for it.

I don't remember if it was a holiday when I was there. I remember we were staying in some rooms on the outskirts of town which I hoped would be quiet because it was away from any major streets, but there was a dirt track right under our window, on which the bikes were going VROOM VROOM VROOM until three o'clock in the morning. (We heard later that the track was a short cut to a beach popular for its discos and night partying.) As I'm sure you know, one rule for motorbikes in Greece is, "If they can go there, they will go there." Another rule seems to be, "Mufflers are the work of the devil."

We changed to a room on the other side of the building, which reduced the noise on subsequent days to a dull roar. But I still found that, except for the main pedestrian street, the bikes everywhere were numerous and loud even for Greece.

I must admit I'm perhaps unusual in getting more and more to dislike heavily touristed places anywhere. I'm sure many people will enjoy Antiparos despite my personal impression of it. People who think they might share my tastes for islands which, while not totally unspoiled, at least haven't become Venice-like tourist mobs, might try Sifnos (my favorite,) Serifos, Milos, Spetses (lots of tourists but mostly Greek,) or Hydra (lots of tourists but they all leave at night when the tour boats sail away.) Or coastal places on the mainland, like Methoni or Nafpaktos.
 
Apr 15th, 2007, 07:59 AM
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I should also have mentioned Syros (rewarding but not for everyone,) and Chios and Lesbos, provided you stay away from a small number of crowded resorts.
 
Apr 15th, 2007, 08:02 AM
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And Hydra has no cars! and more than that, Hydra has, oh paradisical joy of joys!! no motorbikes!!!
 
Apr 15th, 2007, 08:28 AM
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I know what it was: You were there during the annual international race, The Antiparos 500. Competitors from all over the world take 500 laps around town on the noisiest scooter they can find. Winner gets an all-expense paid trip to Bangkok during rush hour to recuperate. Heimdall has won several years in a row. Unfortunately his hearing has been permanently damaged from all the high decibels, so everywhere he goes now seems quiet. ;-)
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Apr 15th, 2007, 09:27 AM
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No, I think it was the annual Norwegian Stroller Race with the toddlers going VROOM! VROOM! ;-)
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