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Naxos and Ios

Naxos

We caught our ferry at 2 from Santorini and arrived at the island of Naxos in the late afternoon. We walked around the town, got some gelato on freshly made waffle cones (we actually watched our waffle cones being made), and grabbed a nice fresh calamari dinner. The calamari was amazing, although the rest of the meal was just meh. You knew the calamari was fresh as they had the entire squid sitting on ice as you walk into the restaurant. After dinner we headed up to this huge door monument that looked over the town. It is called the Portara and dates from around 500 BC when the then ruler of Naxos decided he wanted to build the grandest building in all of Greece. He built it on a hill with the door facing Delos, the birthplace of Apollo. A war soon broke out and the temple was never finished. It was torn down to use the marble elsewhere but the door frame was 100 feet high and too big to demolish, so it still stands today 2500 years later!
The next day we had planned to have a beach day and do more sight seeing, but there really wasn't much else to do or any other travellers around to hang out with, so on an hours’ notice we decided to get a 1pm ferry to the island of Ios. We were quite impressed with ourselves for managing to make it on time to catch the ferry!

Ios

We decided to go to IOS, because we had some time to kill and we were told it was a cool little island. Our hotel was at the top of the island where the little town was, and it was a reasonably cheap taxi down to the beach. On our first night there, we headed to the only bar open at the beach, where we ran into some friends we had met a few days before in Santorini. They ended up coming back up the hill with us to grab dinner with us and go out afterwards. Ios is famous for its nightlife, but in April… not so much. We went to a bar where if you did a certain amount of shots, they gave you a singlet (or what we call a beater, a sleeveless t-shirt). We negotiated the guy down so that we would split the shots, between me, Colby, and our Aussie friend, and each get a shirt. (We did not want to drink the number of shots required to get the shirt, only a third of that number!) The bar owner liked us so much that he hung out with us and gave us free drinks for the rest of the night. It turned out he had a Thai wife and they owned a Thai restaurant just down the road, so we went there for dinner the next day for extremely delicious food, at a nicely discounted price. It worked out to be the best kind of change up from Greek food, very tasty and flavourful. The next day, we said goodbye to our Santorini friends, but we met a girl from Maryland on the beach. Colby and I have been getting along very well on this trip, but we have had a lot of alone time together, so it is nice to continually be meeting fellow travellers! We had an early night as we had a ferry to catch to Mykonos first thing the next morning.

Posted by geoffboulton 09:46 Archived in Greece

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