Day of wonders

Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
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Trip End Aug 22, 2013


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

After waking to a hearty buffet breakfast, the decision was made to get on the quads and travel to the other side of the island to the village Aperianthis to check out the archaeological museum there, which has artefacts dating back to 7Bc.

The riding again was altogether exhilarating, inspiring and scary. 82km/hr on a quad bike feels like you are about to launch into the time continuum. Julie was not keen as
on trying to go any faster to beat the record.

We took a roadside stop in beautiful Filoti for sausage rolls and cokes, before carrying on to the museum. We took a slight detour to go explore the Dimitrius Temple which proved to be a good choice. A small hike up rocky steps was worth it when we met with an old temple and an adjoining history lesson from the placards. Returning to our quads there was a man with his little truck selling fresh fruit from his farm. We bought lovely sweet grapes, oranges and a small watermelon. The guy was a good salesman, we only wanted a couple grapes!

Onward to the museum and we get there around midday. The sausage rolls and cheese puffs from Filoti seem to have worked their magic on Dan and Mish, who are now hunting for the nearest crappers in a hurry. With the crisis averted we can then freely explore the town, picking up small treasures and watching whole cow legs being carted around on scooters for someone's lunch.

The plan is to then head back to the coast to Plaka which is a lovely beach for swimming, sunbathing and to try out the new wooden bat and ball set J has just picked up. The beaches are packed with sun beds and umbrellas, but its not hard to find a quiet patch to ourselves.

Sun bathing brings on hunger and thirst, there is a myriad of cafes on the beach so we choose Mexican for sangrias and nachos.

A quick squirt on the quads home, chuck on some dry clothes and then a hurry down to "the wonder".

The wonder, or more commonly called the Naxos Portana, is an ancient archway and is a favourite spot to watch a beautiful sunset as the sun passes thru the arch. We pick up the pace to "the wonder" overtaking a throng of other would be photographers, just making it in time to catch the sun setting thrusts final phase before it passes down on its way back to Australia.

Feeling relaxed and peaceful we sit down for a small picnic at the wonder, as the rest of the tourist disperse we toast with a bottle of wine as the last of the days sunlight evaporates.

Walking back to town to go home for some much needed rest, we stop in at our favourite waffle place from the previous night. I think we like the owners cheery disposition, after we asked if he would be there tomorrow he told us, "my dear, I will die in this Waffle House"

His waffles are very good.
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