Friday, 11 September 2015

Naxos, Greece, Day 2, September 11, 2015

We spent the morning hanging out on our lower patio chatting and drinking two mocha pots of espresso coffee, with some cheese, yogurt and Hungarian salami. It was noon before we left the villa and headed to the Portara, Temple of Apollo, a huge marble gate. 

Gouna, 24 hour sun dried mackerel with salt, pepper, and oregano

Octopus drying  

Naxos Town (Chora) dates back 5,000 years and is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. The water leading to Portara is absolutely beautiful, so clear and inviting. We decided that after lunch we would be back for a swim. 

 Greek cooling station
A lifetime of staples on a lamp post

After taking a zillion pictures, we walked back to the port for lunch of souvlaki, kebobs, calamari, Greek salad and Greek beer. We got a little lost working our way back through narrow alleyways where we got our swim suits on and headed back. Oh man, it was really hot! We got to the water at 5:15 and the sun was still so strong. The four of us dove into the beautiful clear blue water within seconds. It was so refreshing and wonderful. The water was clear and you could see the rocky bottom. We all felt the need to collect a few beautiful rocks from the bottom.

When we got home fully refreshed from our swim, the sun was starting to set, so we climbed the outside stairs to our upper terrace. The restaurant next door was between us and the setting sun. 

Bruce and I went next door to order take-out from Orino, which had a roof top restaurant. We ordered fried calamari, grilled octopus and fried eggplant for our terrace party and what a party we had.   

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