When we first came to Paros twenty-one years ago, there were many stray dogs and cats. Today there are very few. This guy, resting on the beach one early morning, is one of the last of his ilk.
There was a program to capture and neuter/spay as many dogs as possible. The collar indicates he is a pet, not a stray.
one of the altered ones. It appears to have done the trick without having to slaughter the poor beasts. I assume the same program is responsible for the low number of stray cats, although I have seen a number skulking through the weeds.
It has been windy for a good part of this visit. That killed the Cap’n Ben boat trip last week, and appears to be doing the same this week. On the other hand, the winds kick up nice waves at Parasporos beach, where the beach is exposed to the northerly winds that whip down from the continent. Here is a wide view of the beach.
That is our little group under the shade trees. Most of the bathing was done near the center of the beach to avoid the rip current at this end. It tends to dash you against the rocks.
Near sunset most evening there is a crowd gathered at the castro. Here they are viewed from street level on the paralia.
Back at Caminia beach, a lot of time is spent under the shade of the few trees. That is Loukas on the right giving you the look.
No trip to Paros would be complete without Emmett and some of the others demonstrating their cliff jumping skills. Here is Emmett going off the higher cliff, followed by the more manageable one a bit up the coast.
There are many beautiful sunsets, like this one from the other evening.
We have yet to spot Dr. Evil’s boat this year, but I did see this sweet Citroen sitting low by the curb the other day. I assume the hydraulic suspension was in low setting while parked.
Finally, the reason there is a holiday on Paros (and elsewhere in Greece) is that August 15 is the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, also know as Assumption of Mary into heaven. This is about all of the parade of the icon through the streets that I could see. The icon itself went by rather quickly.
The picture shows a glimpse of the naval band that came to Paros for the occasion. The truly devout were waiting in church, not on the streets.