First of all, absolutely loved it & will be back!
We spent appox an average of 125 euros a day which included accommodation, car hire, petrol, taxi from airport, food, drink, souvenirs, entrance fees & cigarettes! We brought back some Chios Ouzo, Ouuzo with Masticha,& for other diabetics or dieters out there I also got sugar free Masticha toffees, caramels, chewing gum & boiled sweets :) Also got some mastello, I'm hooked on the stuff!
The south & the mastic villages took up the first two full days, we managed to fully explore Pyrgi as we didn't have the car until 6pm on the first day. Next day we covered Olympi, Mesta, the Mastcha museum, the Olympi Cave (Spileo Sykias), the black beach (Mavro Volia) & lunch was at Emborios.
On the friday we moved on to Volissos, Avgonima, Anavatos on the way & a coffee break in Sidirounta. The next full day was the northwest loop, village stops, Agio Galas & the old ladies episode, Limnia port & Limnos beach for a late lunch.
Sunday was move on to Chios Town day, but before leaving we went up to Volissos Castle & a last walk around the village.
Got into town, had something to eat & drink, checked in, unpacked & showered ready to explore a bit. A short wander around some of the castle area, then dinner. This was when we saw the refugees gathering when the huge ferry Ariadne came in. As far as we are aware no one 'escaped', but hey, who knows!
Monday, the last day of our car hire, so up the east coast to Lagada, very different rocky & barren landscape compared to the rest of the island, but Lagada was a little haven of greenery as you went down into the village.
We also visited the Kyveli Sanctuary (Homer's seat). This was the only place we saw some offensive behaviour, much like we had seen on other occasions around the Peloponnese & elsewhere. 2 car loads of families in the car park, the children just dropping their trousers to do the obvious, yuk! These were not refugees though as many would think, they were as we had seen before, Bulgarian gypsies. Is it awful we are not shocked any more? We have seen too much of it :(
Back into town & returned the car, that evening & the next 2 days we were shopping, wandering, exploring, eating, people watching & taking photos.
As I said, we'll be back, extremely friendly people (the owners at Volissos were crying when we left!) & no bad meals, some exceptionally good! That just leaves the problem of shifting the extra kilos I put on, lol!
Sorry the photos are not ready yet, Flickr is taking FOREVER & I don't want to post the link until all the albums are uploaded, I will post as soon as they are done, but bear with me, I'm doing them in between washing, shopping, normal life getting in the way etc :)