The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 31: Naxos Town & Tower

Join Thor and me as we explore more of the town’s labyrinthine lanes, including a Venetian tower.

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.

Our usual Greek island visits feature a lot of swimming in the luminous, deep-blue sea, but by the time we arrived on Naxos it was early October, windy and cool. (Perhaps still some after-effects of Cyclone Zorba?) After a Very frigid swim among the mysterious boulders of Mikra Vigla beach (somehow I lost those photos), we warmed up with more exploration of Naxos Town’s charming byways. A modern sculpture of the ancient sphinx watches over the harbor (above). The cobbled lanes’ twists and turns were designed, from ancient days, to thwart attackers by confusing them. It works!

Thor likes to envision a scenario in which marauding pirates encounter souvlaki tavernas and souvenir vendors in the narrow lanes, and exchange their weapons for cold beer and other goodies….

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  1. Before we went to Greece I practiced Greek with an app on my iPad. The app prioritized the most important words such as ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘thank you’, and ‘you’re welcome’. To my surprise, “nostimos” (delicious) was one of the important words. Well, it became one of my most used words. After a fabulous dinner at Nostimon Hellas, I leaned into the kitchen and shouted, in my best Zorba voice, nostimos! I like to imagine they were pleased.