We catch an early bus to Pollonia, eager to find a room for a couple of nights so that we can spend a bit of time relaxing before going to Athens. I’m not overly concerned that we haven’t been able to find rooms via the agents at the port – I will sleep on the beach in Pollonia if necessary!
We had seen a travel agency from the taverna where we ate the other day. We try here first but they hummed and haahed and then said they only knew of rooms two kilometres from here. I had noticed another travel agency as we arrived on the bus called Travel Me To Milos where the young lady there was more than helpful. We told her our budget of thirty euros a night and she made several phone calls until she found somewhere suitable. She told us there was a place called Pergola about 5 minutes away.
She tells us that the owners of the rooms have a café and shop next door and they are expecting us. We walk up a narrow street leading away from the beach until we find Pergola. A young man comes out of the shop to greet us – within seconds there is an instant recognition between the man and Peter as fellow Egyptians – like long lost brothers!
The man is called Sami and he tells Peter that he has been living on Milos for a few years. He works for the family who own the rooms, café and shop and he lives as one of their family – by that I read that he works every hour God sends.
Sami shows us a couple of rooms to choose from and they are all very nice, each with a blue pergola covered in fuschia pink bougainvillea. We choose one that has a view of a field to the left and to the front, a tiny chink of the view of the sea. Even if we had not met Sami at this point, there are clues in the room that an Egyptian works here with the typical towel art you’d find in many hotels or cruise boats in Egypt. The room is really lovely, bright and modern with a small balcony.
One of the main reasons we’re here in Pollonia is for the lovely little beach – so we head down there as soon as we can. Just beautiful! What a lovely peaceful day it is, just a few families on the beach – so tranquil.
By mid afternoon we are hungry. We decide to try another restaurant on the beach and choose Αρμενάκι (which I think translates to Armenaki). The meal is absolutely delicious – I have pork stuffed with apricots and prunes and Peter has octopus cooked in sweet wine and honey. This is first class food! The wine is so cheap – half litre jug of white wine is the same price as a glass – it would be silly not to!
Back to the room to shower and change. We sit on the balcony and admire the view.
The sun begins to set on Pollonia. The fishing boats are moored up by the harbour, fishermen prepare their nets for the following morning. Now this is what I missed in Adamas – the sunset!
We end the evening in a small cafe bar called Rifaki right on the beach. Frappe with ice cream and Chocolatini with Baileys!