The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 32: Naxos, Old and New

At the windy, chilly tail end of the tourist season, Thor and I left the beach behind to explore more of the island’s interior.

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.

The more things change in Greece, the more they seem to stay the same — at least with certain traditions. There will always be an octopus or two hanging near a taverna, after a tenderizing beating on the rocks. Because I’ve spent a lot of time scuba diving and making acquaintance with these intelligent creatures, I can’t bring myself to eat them. But they’ve obviously been important to Greek art and cuisine for thousands of years.

Following a combination of paper maps (Sara) and Siri (Thor’s perky new iPhone enamorata), we headed for the steep hills with a vague idea of checking out another rumored Venetian tower among the scattered villages. We passed the usual rocky terraces and small chapels that dot the landscape….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 32: Naxos, Old and New — 5 Comments

  1. Sara is a little jealous of the attention I give Siri. Siri has gotten us out of a lot dreadful city mazes.

    • Just be wary: Siri once led me around an isolated housing development, swearing that there was a gas station any moment now, as I got closer and closer to driving on fumes. Siri is a trickster.

    • And she’s gotten us into worse mazes, like that time we were leaving the Vancouver, B.C., airport, and she took us into snarls of city traffic instead of an easy southbound freeway entrance toward home! But Thor, I know you like her voice….

  2. Wonderful pix, as always!

    Looks to me like the Lion of St. Mark. Not sure if that’s his device, or someone else’s, on the flag.

    I wonder about that theory re forest and goats. Weren’t the goats always there, including in the days of forests?

    • Thanks, Sherwood — I’ll check out the Lion of St. Mark. This carving seems to have a human face…. I think that in an established forest, the goats wouldn’t do so much damage. But they probably would eat new saplings.