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Share our Greek Island Paradise on Paros

Updated on October 9, 2014

My wife and I led the Greek island lifestyle for over ten years. We worked hard and played harder. Visitors would share our paradise and not want to return to their workaday lives.

Browse through this hub and our web site and maybe you will find a new life that suits you.

We maintain a full service Paros web site with over 50 pages of information including other Greek islands and travel to Greece. Browse our site for a travelogue:

For a periodic dose of Greek island expat life try our blog at:

Lots of photos on both!

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Paros Favourites

  • Squid, as fried or grilled calimari

Just one example of eating local food. It is scientifically proven that Greek islanders live longer. Food and lifestyle are the main reasons.

  • Beaches: There are too many of every character to innumerate. For people watching, just the two of you or a little of each with a taverna; come discover your own favorite.
  • Satisfaction from helping guests have their "best holiday ever".

Lissos: antiquity site on Crete
Lissos: antiquity site on Crete

Our Veranda

Photo journalism?

That subtitle is a little pretentious. For a long time I have wanted to do a blog or maybe even a book draft about the immense variety that we see and experience from and on our veranda. So this is a rough draft.

This evening during dinner on our veranda Karin and I noticed a small salamander/gecko crawling down the wall between the light fixture and the shutter. It was an unusual orange/clear color with a wiggling tail that made it look like a large scorpion. (We have had small scorpions on our veranda.) We thought that was interesting but it soon disappeared somewhere.

Later as we were playing cards in the cool breeze we noticed two normal-colored grey salamanders crawling along the beam between the window and door--and between two light fixtures. Was one of them the earlier creature, having changed colors, or had these two chased the other off? Soon our attention was riveted to one of them stalking a moth over the door. As we watched carefully, with Karin getting a crook in her neck, we were rewarded with witnessing the salamander pounce, while on the bottom of the beam, and crawl away into a corner with the moth in his mouth. We applauded as the moth gave a death shudder.

To think I have always been appalled at accounts of crowds cheering and applauding at executions. Everything is relative, I am deciding.

Along that line I should mention that we have always warned people that they must be careful whenever moving any rocks in the garden or fields--scorpions live there. Imagine my surprise one day in moving a decorative rock on our veranda wall--a scorpion was there! O.K., if you lie down with rocks, what do you expect? But about a week later I dropped a peanut behind the bench cushion that I was sitting on. I lifted the cushion to retrieve the peanut but changed my mind when I saw a large scorpion (3-4 inches long) there. So the moral is: paradise is not as it seems.

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    • siobhanryan profile image

      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Lovely lens

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      There is something special about Greece, I loved Parga on the mainland, absolutely beautiful.

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      CaliSungoddess 5 years ago

      I love your flickr photos!

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Ah, yes, spring on the Greek islands ...and a field of poppies. You're so lucky! I might seek you out, next time I go to Paros.

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      Meloramus 6 years ago

      I really wanted to stop by after reading your Greek Islands lens. Your lifestyle looks amazing and Paros is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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      isabella lm 8 years ago

      thanks for joining the best islands group

      why dont you add this nice lens you got to the greece headquarters too?

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      ggonzo 8 years ago

      I love Greece. It is warm and beautiful with tastiest food ever.

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      isabella lm 9 years ago

      Join the brand new group for the World's Best Islands

      Keep on good job! Paros is lovely as well as this 5* star lens

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! 5 stars and a favorite! Please visit my Marklin Trains lens.

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Great lens, 5 stars. I'd love to visit Greece someday!

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      eaglesden 9 years ago

      Wow! Greece looks beautiful. I would love to visit onday and see your beautiful country.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Lens you have here, and Greece is my favourite destination back to Crete in September. 5 stars from me and a Lensroll. Great job!

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      MuddyLaBoue 9 years ago

      Thanks for your visit to my lens.

      I haven't ever been to the islands, but I have visited Greece - in July of 2001. I'd like to go back sometime when it isn't so hot! The scorpions I could do without!

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Featured on Wanderer's Travel Group page!

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      NAIZA LM 10 years ago

      Wow! You live in one of the lovely place on earth that I'd wish to visit someday. Fantastic snap-shot! Thank you for sharing! 5 ***** for you! ~naiza

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      FESA 10 years ago

      Paros, Greece sounds like a place I'd love to see ... will put it on my 'to see travel list'! The pics are beautiful and make the destination very enticing. By the way, I love salamanders, but am not very fond of the idea of scorpions! Thanks for the info and the lovely snapshots. Great work!

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      YKRandall 10 years ago

      Good lens. I'd love to see more photos. I am a great fan of the Mediterranean. Pop over and see my lens on Andalucia. Definitely going on my lensroll.