CHIOS Island, Our second stop in Greece!
Chios was our next stop after Athens, usually when you look up Greece and places to go Chios is definitely not on that list! Its quite far north from all the other islands so we got a plane ride there. The reason we went to Chios was because our grandparents live on a boat there and have been there for a few years!
We were in Chios during Easter weekend which Greeks take very seriously as they are quite religious, it was really beautiful and interesting to be there during this holiday. There was lots of bells and chanting going on.
We rented 2 little cars and my Mum, Granny, Papa, Mums boyfriend Grant, my sister, my boyfriend and I drove around exploring Chios one was really beautiful with lots of hills, stunning beaches with clear water and little towns with beautiful building like this picture above.
There were tons of street cats in Chios, wandering around the little streets of these towns, way more then ive seen anywhere else!
We all were getting hungry and we stumbled across this tiny little town and in a courtyard we found this little cafe, so we decided to stop here for lunch, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share. Above you can see we got Dolmas, Greek Salad (they serve it with a giant slab of feta there!!), Fries, Lots of Bread, Fried Cheese hiding behind the bread and soon to come was some hot meat kabab type things which I didnt try. Those red eggs they gave to us as a gift because it was Easter. Also Granny & I share this lovely white wine, while the others got Ouzo & red wine to share.
The food in the smaller Greek Islands outside of Athens is VERY simple, if you order a salad it will literally be lettuce and tomato, or lettuce and shaved carrots with no dressing lol... they do not have vinaigrette, ceasar, ranch or all the other options we have, so I would mix some olive oil and vinegar and make my own. I was super surprised that they did not have things like hummus or falafel anywhere. I thought they would have hummus everywhere here. They also had no idea what almond or soy milk is... so I drank a LOT of black coffee!!
Beautiful courtyards like this with cafes were hidden down tiny alley ways where you would never guess much was back here from the main street, it was so cool to explore and not have set plans here because then we would find such cool random spots like this!
We stopped to say hi to this beautiful Donkey that was chained up on top of a hill, I hope he was being taken care of :( he was very cautious of us at first but after a while he let me softly touch his head.
One place I did look up that I wanted to see in Chios was a Village called Pyrgi which was so stunning, its filled with tiny windy alley ways with tons of houses and stores all beside and on top of each other, and many churches of course, that ring their bells every hour. Also lots of friendly people say Yassas as we would walk by them which means like "Hello and good health to you!" If you are ever in Chios you must visit Pyrgi!
Above is the beautiful view from my Grandparent's boat, they definitely live the simple life, they retired young and have been living together on a small boat for years! It was so cool to see them for the first time in 15 years I think and to have lots of meals and long talks together and spend that quality time that we have missed out on for most of my life.