We took a break from the tourist hotspots via a slow ferry to Paros.  All the ferries we used were clean and pleasant, albeit a bit confusing.  Some are huge and carry vehicles as well as walk-on passengers, with food service and lounges.  The faster ones feel more like airplanes with cushy seats.

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We stayed at the Hotel Contaratos Beach in quiet Naoussa, with a relaxing view of the lovely beach. Paros probably has some of the nicest beaches among the many islands. We drove around to visit small villages, deciding on the spur of the moment to take the tiny ferry across to Antiparos where a deep cave is located. Exploring further, we wound up at the very end of the road and devoured the freshest possible seafood dinner from the local fishermen's hangout.

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Paros is noted for its white, translucent marble, a quarry of which we saw from the road. There is also a butterfly reserve which you can wander through, quietly spying upon hundreds of them as they rest with folded wings amongst the greenery. Spotting a couple windsurfers was another unexpected treat.

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