No Sleep til Naxos

Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
Trip End May 03, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Just enough time whilst waiting for my ferry to do a quick update on my time in Naxos.  I had two nights here, but because I arrived so early in the morning on Friday and wasn't leaving until 6pm on Sunday I had a lot longer here than some of my other 2 day island stops.

Naxos is another beautiful island, and is much bigger than Patmos.  There are a lot of small towns and beaches and mountains to explore, but I decided to stick around the main town, for simplicities sake, and also because when I went in to the tourist office they told me that basically everything was shut over winter anyway.  Seems the Greek islands really do close down at this time of year!

Seeing as how tourist attractions were limited, I decided to use the first day to catch up on sleep that I had missed as a result of my ferry shenanigans the night before.  The next day, in lieu of anything touristy to do, I decided to take advantage of the many geocaches on the island (theres about 20, roughly the same amount as in Athens!) and go a hunting.  I found 3 in the town and decided to call it a day, as the fourth I had earmarked was some way out of town and not advisable to search for in the dark.  Had a quiet evening in (a common occurrence on the rather deserted islands) and woke up the next day (today prepared to go after my 4th cache on the island.

It was about a mile and a half walk each way, followed by a 50 foot wade through the sea (I was up to the middle of my thighs at the deepest point) to a small, narrow islet, which housed a couple of ruined buildings and not much else.  The water was (still!) surprisingly pleasant, even though I thought I was going to freeze when I went in.

Had a pleasant Greek salad baguette for lunch, and the woman who runs the hostel kept giving me little bits of food to supplement it.  I ended up with a bit of chocolate, a slab of (sadly unpleasant) Naxos sheep cheese and an apple and an orange, which were gratefully received.

Naxos seems like a very nice place, and I imagine a week spent here would probably be very fulfilling in the summer, due to the pleasant weather and the potential for exploration of ruins and whatnot, but during the winter its a bit of a ghost town, with most of the restaurants not even opening.

For those who are confused whenever I talk of Geocaching (it just occurred to me that not everyone will know what it is...) I urge you to check out  It's a fun way of getting out and about and seeing places you would never otherwise get a chance to see, and I've been at it for 8 months now.  The one I find on the islet was my 90th, and I'm sure there will be many more.

Anyway, the ferry to Paros beckons, so I will bid you all adieu for now.  Hope everyone is well.
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Endek on

90!? D:
I've got a lot of catching up to do :-(

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