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Sunny, stunning, sublime Syros

We spent part of September 2020 in the Cyclades, the collection of islands in the Aegean Sea to the east of the Greek mainland. One of our favorites is Syros. The island is low vibe, delightful, and the lively capital of Ermopouli is more Italianate than Cycladic in style. Syros is easily reached from Athens' Piraeus port on the high-speed, very comfortable Seajets ferry, 2 hours. Although the 7:00a.m. departure from Athens is not for late risers. Otherwise, there's a slow boat (about 4 hours) with stops en route. As we are always on the lookout for new places to stay, we spent two nights at the boutique Hotel Ploes in the heart of Ermopouli, set in a gorgeously renovated neoclassical mansion at the water's edge. For the next six nights, we ventured across the island to Pino di Loto. With just six suites, and faithful and repeat guests, Pino needs to be booked well in advance, especially during high season (July and August). Our love affair with Pino di Loto has just started....we will be back next year. [During summer 2020, some Covid restrictions had been relaxed in southern Europe, and we were able to fly to Greece without testing. On the return, Italy required a Covid test upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Masks were required on all flights, on the ferries, and staff at hotels and restaurants in Athens and on Syros wore masks while working. With 20% of Greece's GDP tourism dependent, we were pleased to continue to do our part to support all of our friends and colleagues in Greece.]

Photos clockwise from upper left: at Pino di Loto, Kini; Hotel Ploes in Ermopuoli; Pino di Loto; Kini harbor; Ermopouli; Ano Syros village

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