(This is the third post in a five part series. Catch up with part 1: getting there, and part 2: athens & delphi.)
DAYS 6-7: Athens => Naxos (2 days)
- We took the Blue Star Ferry from Pireas (10 minute metro from Athens to Pireas) to Naxos, it departed at 7:30am and we arrived around 1:00pm (4-5 hour ferry ride). We paid a bit extra for assigned seats, but then spent half the trip in the economy section, so either is fine. Runs everyday during the summer.
- I loved Naxos!! I could have easily enjoyed 3 or 4 days here. We stayed in the lovely Chateau Zevgoli in the old part of town, where they upgraded us to the honeymoon suite and welcomed us with a bottle of local rose wine. Our best meal was nearby at Apostoli’s (look for the bicycle). There’s lots to see, do, and eat even if you never leave the labyrinthine “old town,” though accessibility may be an issue.
- If you can drive a stick shift, rent a car. If not, resign yourself to the bus, which is doable and cheap, but requires some advance planning. On our full day in Naxos we took a bus to Chalki (crafts, walks) and also Agi Anna (beach). We arrived at the beach too late b/c naps, but the water was glorious. Further away was rumored to be nude beaches. Damn you, naps. Why did I only plan two nights here. Whyyyyyy?
Blue Star Ferry
Greetings from Santorini!
We were married on May 24 surrounded by friends and family in the best weekend of my life. A week later we took off for Athens and are currently making our way through the islands and into Turkey!
I’ll be back in a few weeks with some Ruby updates (and, of course, an overly detailed anaysis of the trip and my packing efficiency). Can I just say that this whole experience is made better knowing that I’m returning to a “job” that I’m really excited about. Fresh starts all around. Good stuff. Here’s a couple more scenes from the island: