The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 25: Naxos and the Ancient Portara

Join Thor and me as we arrive by ferry on Naxos, home of the god Dionysos and his mortal bride Ariadne.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Thor and I had to tear ourselves away from the green sweetness of Kos, the healing island (see previous blog posts), but were excited to return to Naxos in the Cyclades islands. We felt we hadn’t had time the previous year to see all that we wanted to, and I needed to do more research for critical scenes in my novel underway. Nothing like boots (or sandals) on the ground to really soak in the scents, sights, sounds, and general feel of a place. It was a fun ride on the SeaJets ferry, with lots of wind and rough seas persisting, possibly the lingering effects of the unusual Cyclone Zorba that hit when we arrived in the islands.

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