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Don’t Forget The Backstreets

Don’t Forget The Backstreets

A few more photos from Sunday’s walk today. Passing through the town square in Yialos, we came across what I call an ‘Art Car.’ It reminded me of half a Smart Car, but had been used for artistic purposes, to make a bench opposite the new bakery.

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This new bakery is on the town square, on the left-hand side as you look at the stage. In fact, from the restaurant on the corner, where the train station is (the table with ‘little train’ written on it), you pass a lovely craft and clothes shop, Michaelis and Katerina’s household goods shop and then the bakery. There’s also another restaurant at the back there and, around the square, all manner of shops and cafes. You’ve got Panormitis’ paint and DIY store, a small shop for handmade tin and souvenir items, the Town Hall (not a shop, but handy to know the location) clothes shops and cafes all the way back to the bridge, Kanterimi, the Dolphin pizza and so on.

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new bakery

So, the message there is, when in Yialos, don’t just stick to the harbour front, there’s so much more going on behind it. There’s the backstreets with To Steno and Taxas which, btw, is pronounced more like Tahas, not ‘Tax-ass’ as someone said the other day. A Tax-ass is something completely different and unthinkable. (It’s like when people pronounce the name ‘Yianni’ (accusative case) as Yarny, you know, like he was made of yarn or something. It’s a short ‘a’, not a British long a, so it’s Yianni as in canny, not Yarny as in Arnie.)

You also find more restaurants in the backstreet, the church, the stationers, wine shops, hairdressers and much more. Even if you’re here for only a day (which is only there hours in the end) then it’s worth exploring behind the main seafront route to see what you’d otherwise be missing.

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Looking back towards Horio from the Nimborio path

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