Farewell Sifnos – Back to Athens

We woke up early to finish packing.  Pension Morfeus has been a fabulous place to stay both location wise, hospitality wise and definitely has the best ever bathroom for a pension.  We give Pension Morfeus 5 Stars!



Maria comes to say goodbye to us and she gives us a gift.  It is wrapped in tissue paper.  When we open it later we discover a prettily decorated piece of Sifnian pottery – we are absolutely delighted with it and touched at the thought!

We have a bit of time before we need to go to the ferry so we do a bit of last minute shopping in Mamidas Ceramics which is close to the port in Kamares.  It is like an Aladin’s cave in here and it’s so tempting to get carried away.  I settle for a small chimney pot that will make a nice tea light centre piece, and sun and moon plaques for my garden.  These are packed well for us and we make sure it is placed carefully into the hand luggage.


It is time to go.  Amongst the small group of travellers leaving Sifnos is the elderly Greek man who gives a friendly greeting.  Through gesticulation and the odd word it transpires that he is from Athens and had been visiting the mining museum in Milos.  This was my opportunity to say how wonderful Milos was further to our conversation the other day.

The sea is still choppy and the Adamantios Korais arrives bouncing in on the waves.  We hoik our luggage up the ramp alongside lorries and cars.
Farewell Sifnos!  I have absolutely loved my stay here!
The sea is a bit rough but once we pass Serifos it calms down and we have a nice relaxing journey watching the views of passing islands from the deck of the ship.
There is something about a port that wrenches at my heart.  I was born in the port town of Dover.  It’s a place were journeys begin and end along with dreams of adventure.  Whether you’re departing or arriving at a port It’s a totally fascinating experience.  There are a couple of old friends in port resting – the Phisvos and Agios Giorgios both ships that I have sailed on in the past.  It reminds me of seeing actors in their dressing rooms after their performances are done.  Not that I frequent many (if any) actor’s dressing rooms but you get the sentiment.
We know the routine.  Once out of the port complex we walk to the metro station where we catch the metro to Monistiraki.
We will be staying at the Arion Hotel in Psiri.  Psiri is our favourite location to stay as it is close to the metro station and you can walk to Plaka and other main attractions very easily.  All we know is that the Arion Hotel is behind the Attalos Hotel somewhere but we lose our way down the backstreets.   We eventually find the hotel immediately throw in our bags and get changed.  We have just one night in Athens before catching our flight back home tomorrow.
We’ve missed the sunset but we have great views of the Acropolis from the roof terrace (an absolute must when in Athens!)  Maybe not quite as good a view as the Attalos Hotel but this definitely comes a close second considering it is budget accommodation.  Apologies for the blurry image.
We head out into the warm evening to find somewhere nice to eat.  So much choice but so little time.

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