Beach Life By Paros Style
Paralia, Greek for “beach” is one of the reasons people come to stay in the village of Aliki. Aliki has a total of three beaches, but the one that is the most used is found in the centre of the village in a small bay with a few guest pensions and homes scattered at each end.
Why do I, personally love the paralia? Let me show you….
An alternative to taking my scooter to the market is to take the beach route. I remember when living in Ireland it meant driving to the market town and joining the never ending mad scramble to find a parking spot. Well, here in Aliki, I just slowly saunter along the sandy beach, sometimes wading in the water, sometimes not; picking up interesting coloured stones or shells to shove into my pockets! The cicadas sing to me as I pass under the soft needled trees imported from Australia over 50 years ago, or so I am told.
I pass several tavernas, some with tables and chairs on the sand, or in one instance, actually on a little quay built out into the water, which is very romantic for night time dining! At the centre of the paralia is a very small park with a kiosk that sells sweets and ices, cigarettes and crisps. It is open during all hours of the day and night. The little park also accommodates the one and only bus stop. Here also are children of all ages, playing on the swings. Small kiddies during the day, young and hopeful teens in the early evening!
If I were to turn left onto a little used road taking you out of Aliki to the South, I will find the new pharmacy and the butcher. But let’s turn right and go around the corner at the park and continue walking to the end of the bay. Along this side is the mini market, a tourist agency and scooter rental/gift shop and more tavernas. The mini market does not like anything larger than a 20 Euro note, so you can see, we think small here even though as a community Aliki is big in heart!
When I arrive at the mini market, I am always greeted by Christos, the owner, with an enthusiastic, “Yassou, ti kanis?”. He usually is sitting at the counter, or at a table outside, sipping a frappe…..as if to say he has no worries at all. When I pay for my groceries, he often takes money out of his pocket in order to complete the transaction! If I am short of cash, Christos replies, “No matter, come back tomorrow”, and then promptly forgets it! He is lucky I don’t forget!