4.10am is way too early to get up if you’ve only gone to bed at 12.30am. We are certainly living every minute while away.
Last night, time just flew by as we caught up and laughed with new friends and relatives.
The early start was due to having to be at Pireaus by 5.45 am, to catch the 6.45am ferry to Naxos.
Luckily, we had picked up the tickets yesterday as it was just a mass of confusion when we got there. It wasn’t clear where we had to go. We were almost going onto one ferry when told no that was the wrong one. The guy pointed in the direction we had to go but there were so many ferries there and it’s just not marked. We had no idea! there didn’t seem to be any clear lines either.
This is Greece.
When we did finally get the car on, there was a guy there telling us how to back into the spot he wanted us to be in. “left, left, Pull left, LEFT!!! Go, Go, Right, Pull right, Left, left LEFT LEFT, STOPPP.
By this time it was only the driver in the car and it was just too funny to watch it happening from our vantage point. And by the way, the driver did NOT need instructions as to how to back into a spot!
The ferry is a lot bigger than I imagined. I took a photo of a few others that were around. Ours looked a lot like these (below)
I also took a lot of pictures while we were waiting to leave and along the way. The journey was six hours with a stop in Paros but it was so peaceful and relaxing!
The next lot of photos were as we were pulling into Paros, and a few more on the way to Naxos.
Soon we were in Naxos. Just breathtaking!! I can’t wait to explore this town!
First stop was the supermarket to stock up on supplies. Ooo, look what I found!
Unfortunately the label was turned away but both of those bottles are huge bottles of wine!
After the supermarket it was time to unwind at the hotel.
We found ourselves once again going the wrong way on a one way street but by now, it doesn’t even bother me.
Somehow it all works out. Most of the drivers are so helpful also, the way they roll their windows down and make sure you’re aware you’re going the wrong way but pointing in the opposite direction.
The only law is that there is no law.
It took a bit of driving on gravel roads to get to the place we’re staying at on Naxos. It’s about 20-25 minutes out of the main town.
It seemed a bit barren getting out there but the beach is pretty nice and the rooms themselves are pretty good!
We got changed and headed for the beach. Such a perfect beach with few people there as it’s a bit off the beaten track.
We were told there was a track going down to the beach from our rooms but hubby and I tried to find it and had no luck.
The first road we went down ended up being part of someone’s property.
The second one (left) we went down became so overgrown that it would have been impossible to get through.
In the end hubby and I decided to just get there via road. The rest of our party were already there so we just kept walking via the only route we knew.
We stopped and had a glass of rose’.
Oh I should mention that every time I’ve ordered wine here, they’ve brought it out in these type of glasses.
It just doesn’t always feel like I’m drinking wine but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.
Instead of going into Naxos we had dinner locally.
The sun was almost down and this was such a gorgeous setting.
The food was pretty good. A few things were different (for me)
We started with salads again. Seems to be a staple. I then chose the omelet with potato.
I’m not sure what you’re thinking when I write that but I’ll tell you what I got.
Here’s my dinner.
I expected omelet with bits of soft potato through it but what was through it were french fries. If you look closely at the picture on the right (near the top) you’ll see one coming through the egg.
Did I like it? I’m still thinking about it.
Hubby and I walked home. I was a little nervous as it was dark and there aren’t many lights. Not nervous for any potential crime, but for those cars that come racing around corners, not expecting to see a couple of tourists walking late at night.
We are not in a populated area.
Finally it was time to sleep. Maybe tomorrow morning will be the day we finally sleep in.