|Well after our short visit to Northern Italy, we decided to head to Greece to enjoy the weather before the rainy season. After a quick trip back to overnight in Milan, we caught a flight to Athens. From there via a 5 hr ferry to Naxos. Got in quite late, but our hotel manager was there to meet us and show us to our room. Did not see much of Greece in the dark, but very pleased at what we were see when the sun came up.
We stayed at a beach area (Agios Prokopis) about 4km out of the main town. This beach area is obviously very busy during the summer season, but was really in the last stages of shutdown and quite quiet. Carson almost had the pool to himself, but did enjoy a day playing with some German children that were on a mid-term break in Greece. The beach was great, but we spent most of the time around the pool. We developed a routine in visting a local restaurant at lunch where the owner spoke good English and basically made up the menu when we walked in each day. Very nice.
The hotel had cars available at a very decent rate (25Euros/day), so we availed ourselves of one and toured some of the older towns in the mountains of Naxos. The driving in Greece is hairy to say the least with virtually no concept of passing lanes, so we took it easy. The per capita instance of roadside monuments to traffic deaths is way too high here to ignore. The inland villages were definitely laidback and we visted one of the local distilleries that makes the local liqeur (Kitron) from lemon leaves. Only available in Naxos ... Pity.
Naxos town had a very interesting archealogical museum with artifacts dating back to about 3000 BC. Rolling back the years quite significantly from anything we saw in France or Italy.
We are very impressed with Greece and enjoying a much healthier diet at a more reasonable price than in the other European countries. The Greek Salad, Mousaka and other specialities are becoming our favorites of the trips so far. The hotel also comes with seven resident cats that are longing for attention, so it serves to help us with missing our own cat.
All for Naxos and we are off to Santorini. After seeing the Greek IMAX production while we were in Vancouver, we are looking forward to the awesome sights of the island.