Vikki & Raj: As we sit for down for our last meal on Naxos, the wind has picked up and for the first time there are grey clouds in the sky. There has been no rain here since the beginning of June, so everything is brown and very dry. Windier than Paros, Naxos is a much bigger island and self sufficient, not just relying on the tourists. Still miles of golden sand beaches and blue blue sea make it a popular tourist spot. There is much to see and do, though for us the last few days have been probably the laziest we have had yet. We haven't done any site seeing, just walking to and from the the beach and out to dinner. Swimming and blobbing has been on the menu and sampling more of the local cuisine. Naxos is renowned for it's food, including locally produced cheese, potato and milk. A great lamb meal (with potatoes) for Raj (two actually) has been one of the highlights, though a heavy cold he has picked up (going around according to the locals) is taking its toll so the lazy days have helped. Fingers crossed the rest of us don't get it. Our studio apartment has been great and Sophi, the lady who runs it, pops by daily with a plate of something for us like fresh fruit, yoghurt and apricots, or cake. Fantastic hospitality which has really made our stay.
Tomorrow we head back to Athens for a few days of site seeing before we flying to London for the final hurrah. We are hoping that the winds will die out overnight to make for a calm sailing back to the mainland and an enjoyable end to our island stay.
Anouk & Harley: Three days ago we went on another Blue Star Ferry to Naxos which is another island in Greece. In Naxos it is much windier than Paros and Athens. Over the last couple of days we have been blobbing and swimming in the clear waters. The water has been cold but it didn't stop us from swimming because it was hot weather. Alongside the beach is a wharf and everyday a man comes and feeds a turtle. People were allowed to watch so we went to see. They fed the turtle lots of different types of sea food like squid, octopus and fish. The turtle was big, probably about 75cm long. We got some great photos and a video of the turtle swimming, eating and lifting his head up to take a breath. It could hold it's breath for a long time. We had lots of fun exploring the ocean seeing lots of fish and star fish. While we swam Anouk found lots and lots of little shells that were just lying on the sand. Yesterday we went to another beach on the other side of the island. To get there we had to go past a beach with fully nude tanners EEEEWWWWW!!!
We've really enjoyed Naxos because of the beaches and tomorrow are excited to go on our third Blue Star Ferry back to Athens.