Good bye santorini hello naxos

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Well we said goodbye to Santorini and caught the ferry to Naxos yesterday, took about 2 hrs, nice to go by boat instead of plane for a change, the ferries are almost as big as ships.  As we got onto the ferry and put our bags down, we all had to step back as a couple of semi trailers drove past us into the ferry, they were that close if I put my arm out I could have touched them. No workplace health and saftey here, just a couple of workers telling us not to move.

Arrived at Naxos at about 5.30 pm, got of the ship and found our lift to the hotel, the hotel owner picked us up, took about 15 mins from the port to the hotel, its very quite in Naxos at the moment, alot of hotels not open yet and some just starting to get ready for the tourist season.  As it was quite we were upgraded to a bigger room, very nice. 

 We put our bags down and walked straight down to the beach, about 2 mins away.   Nice to see sand instead of pebbles.   Tony and Sarah walked down to feel the water with Dad ( Ken ) not far behind, then a big wave came and caught them all by surprise, unfortunately Dad didn't take his shoes of and ended up with shoes full of water, icy cold water.

 After watching another beautiful sunset we found a nice little place for dinner, total cost for 5 of us with drinks 42 euro, so cheap, and very nice people too, always seems to be the whole family involved in running these restaurants, nice to see.  

 Today we hired a car for the day 20 euro included insurance and headed off around the island.  

 This island is the biggest of the cycladic islands.  We ended up doing over 100ks and didnt cover the whole island, but what we saw was incredible.   Naxos is a lot greener than Santorini, lots of huge  old olive trees, grape vines, wild flowers, cypress trees, lemon trees and stacked stone walls everywhere.  We drove around up and over rocky mountains where you would see churches perched right up high on the top of these mountains, you wonder who would go to these churches and how they were built.  We drove through a lot of beautiful old villages and stopped of at Dimitris temple that was built about 530 BC (see the photos)amazing.
It is a really pretty island and it is a shame that we only have a couple of days here, I wish we had more time.  Oh well.   

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Your messages are getting to be better than my thought for the day,when I sign in,thanks heaps ,so happy for you all, LOL. Rita & Tony

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