Trip Start Aug 15, 2005
23Trip End Oct 12, 2005
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The first day we headed to the nice sandy beach of Precopios a few kilometers away. The water was super clear but very, very cold. After swimming and lounging on the beach, we wandered into town and made a delightful discovery...a used bookstore with an entire English section! We also found crosswords and magazines in English. We loaded up. That evening we hiked up to Apollo's Gate to enjoy the sunset. On our way home we passed a small store with local foods and wines
The next day, after consulting the oracle, we decided to tempt fate and rented a scooter to ride around the island. Pat warmed up in the driveway and Mel looked on with well fonded fear. But Pat quickly mastered the bike and off we rode to Filoti, an area towards the interior of the island. We drove along the countryside passing olive groves and small villages, old churches, and ancient ruins. We slowly winded our way to the trail head for Zeus' cave and hiked up the steep, rocky trail to the entrance. Later, we went into the town of Filoti for Greek salads and gyros, our staple food. After such a hot day it was back to the beach to cool down. We visited another beach, Agia Ana, even more beautiful and less crowded than Precopios.
At this point we made the decision to extend our stay in Naxos. We spent the next two days just relaxing, lounging, eating more olives, and exploring the city. We also decided to have a "nicer" dinner one night along the waterfront where Mel had octopus and we were served Ouzo on the house.