September 19th, 2010 / posted by paularath

We love to travel in either May or September, wherever we are going. There are fewer crowds of visitors, the weather is usually ideal, either the flowers are blooming or the harvest is being brought in.

We love Greece in September. We have heard that Paros is busy in July and August, with crowds of Greeks having their vacations on the island. Right now we are often the only visitors around. In “our neighborhood,” of course, we seem to be just about  the only foreigners around, except for the house sitter who has lived here two years and teaches yoga at a lovely place called Tao’s.

I took a yoga class at Tao’s and was blown away by the location and the building. Have you ever taken yoga in a room with wall-to-wall tatami mats, windows open to the Parian breeze and sumi-e scrolls on the walls? Truly elegant and restful!

One of the magnificent things about Paros is its marble. Parian marble was used for the Venus de Milo and the roof of the Parthenon, to name a few famous examples. It’s easy to see why. It has a soft, almost flesh-colored tone. It looks as if you could touch it and it would respond like skin. Obviously the Italian sculptors knew a good thing. But how did they get all that marble from Paros to Italy? Yikes! Amazing!

We went to the beach this morning; it being Sunday, we thought it might be busier, but not before noon. We had the entire Golden Beach nearly to ourselves. I picked up some lovely pieces of Parian marble right out of the sand of the beach. The quarries are still active; it seems the marble is still there to be employed by sculptors.

Marble from Paros was used for the roof of the Parthenon.

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September 19th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Acutally there are many of us in the Paros expat community who live on the island most of the year. September is when we advise our personal friends to visit as it is the best combination of weather and low crowds.Cheers,

September 20th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Aloha!So great to hear from you! We think September is simply perfect. We are thinking of setting up an art retreat in Paros for some Honolulu artists next year – in September.= Paula Rath

September 21st, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Hi Paula,I would be happy to give you a quote for providing accommodation, meals and on island transport to various painting sites.We can offer what ever level of economy or luxury that you prefer. See our listings for a starting point.Cheers,Michael

September 25th, 2010 at 11:15 am

Aloha Michael,That link didn’t work for me. Could you please send me your e-mail address? I would love to pursue the artists’ retreat idea with you.We have a group of artist friends who have traveled together to Italy, New Mexico and Guatemala. They are interested in Paros. We bring a teacher withe us from Honolulu, George Woollard. We usually number between 12 – 16.Paula Rath

September 25th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Hi Paula, I am sorry the link didn’t come through correctly. Yes, I would be happy to give you a quote for the logistics of bringing your group to Paros.Email: paroshep@gmail.comCheers,

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