23.05.2009 - 23.05.2009
Needed to go to town (Hora) for food so decided to look around. Navigated OK into a parking area at the back of the Kastro (old town/castle – mainly Venetian) although it’s all been built on the usual, earlier Mycenaean, Archaic and Roman period structures. Remains of a 4th C BC temple on the headland near the port, and stunningly beautiful white houses and some older stone houses in the Venetian style spread across the hill overlooking the sea and the island of Paros opposite. The whiteness and resulting glare can make it hard on the eyes!
Wandered around the small lanes and alleys of the old town, taking a few photos and looking at some gift/jewellery shops (pressie shopping time!). Some quite interesting stuff.
Passed a beautiful looking taverna on our wander, and decided we just had to go there for lunch – which we did. Found out that it was quite famous – the oldest taverna in Naxos. And the food was fab – probably the best overall we’ve had to date. The Naxian salad was out of this world – a mix of many of the normal Greek salad ingredients, but with some other/different ingredients that made the difference – some greens, a dressing made with olives, and topped with Grandma’s secret recipe version of a specialty Naxian soft goat’s cheese. Wow – vowed to go back if we could! And the mushrooms and zucchini fritters weren’t too bad either.
Shopped for food too – no tavernas in our village, so we would have needed to walk a couple of km or Dave would have to drive to a nearby village and back if we went out – drinking not the issue, but the narrow and windy roads are. So thought we’d enjoy eating on our courtyard or on the balcony (and weather is to be mid to high 20’s) and maybe have some lunches out at tavernas in some of the villages we would be visiting. Used to now finding out what the local specialties are, and trying to buy some to eat. Got some Naxos cheeses (goat and sheeps’) easily, and some Naxian Rose to drink.
Had a lovely home-cooked meal that night.