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We took a short ferry ride (1 hour) from Paros to Naxos and we noticed right away that Naxos island has a totally different feel and pace from Paros. Naxos city (also called Chora) is the largest city on the island with 6,500 residents and has been inhabited since 1000 BC. Just as you enter the port a huge marble arch greets you that is the former temple of Apollo. We were picked up at the ferry and drove a short distance to our ...
... is the 3rd largest island in the Cyclades and was initially populated during the 5th millennium BC. During the Mycenaean Period (1200-1000 BC) a fortified citadel flourished at Koukounaries that is near Naoussa. There is an ancient marble quarry on the island that was used by the Greeks to build the Athens Acropolis and various temples. The weather was sunny and warm during the first day, so we decided to walk the beach and through the small town on ...
... really starting to slow down, and already many of the restaurants had closed for the winter. Even Villa Ilias was due to close at the end of the month, and the flight, ferry and faster catamaran options which are daily during summer, had been cut to once a week. It is crazy to think that such a tourist oriented place literally shuts down for almost 6 months of the year. Mary our receptionist was headed back to Athens in a few weeks hoping to be able to find some kind of ...
... but with the wind stronger than the day before and the sky looking rather bleak we were not too fussed. The fact that we had seen little of the island didn't overly play on our minds as we had used the time to relax and plan the next month of our trip in addition I think that we were a bit depleted when it came to caring about ruins, churches and temples.
So it was off to the port where the real Greek adventure began.
... first tender boat left. As we were getting on the tender, an elderly man had fallen over and cut his head quite badly. At first I thought he'd knocked himself out but they managed to get him up and off the boat fairly quickly.
There were about 4 buses with about 50 people on each bus and we all had to wear stickers that matched our bus number. Not really an intimate group, more like herds of cattle. Our ...