The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 27: The North Coast of Naxos

Join Thor and me as we tackle another twisty, steep coastal road to visit a Venetian tower and the archaic Dionysos Kouros.

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.

Time for breezy fresh air, but we’ll finish our museum tour in a later post. With valiant Thor at the wheel, we drove along the rugged north coast in search of the giant, unfinished kouros lying in an ancient marble quarry. You may recall from our previous visit to Naxos that we found two of the smaller, unfinished kouros statues farther inland. These statues typically represent naked youths standing in a set pose, like this larger-than-life-size example in the Athens museum.

However, our “quarry” this day had a different style. Buckle up for the drive! The persistent winds were still stirring the sea as we started out along rocky coves and steep hillsides, some of them terraced, dotted with the usual small, whitewashed chapels.

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 27: The North Coast of Naxos — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks, Sherwood! I’m just glad it’s not me at the wheel on these drives. (Thor refuses to look over the edge.) And, yes, these unfinished statues feel very elemental, lying there for so many centuries as part of the landscape.

  2. The roads are in really good shape. They just don’t often bother with guard rails. I guess they figure if you can’t stay on the road you shouldn’t be there.