Friday was my last evening on Naxos this time. It is amazing to walk at the waterfront, a few minutes before sunset.
When you arrive to this little village in the north of Naxos during summer time, the taverns by the harbour is packed with people. Some of the arrives with bus, doing a tour around the island.
When arrived 13 of April, I started to hesitate if any of the taverns was open. No one of them seem to be ready for guests. Anyway, the last one in the bay was open, Captain Michalis café, and I could have a lovely Greek salad, looking at the calm water of the small harbour.
My last day on Naxos I thought to myself: “Why not go to Apolonas for lunch!”. After a few hours I was standing above Apolonas and looking at the third an most large kouros that exist in the Naxos landscape. This is unfinished and abandon at the marble quarry as the other two.
There is a lovely place about 3 km south of the village Ano Sagri: Demeter Temple. I don’t know why, but I always feel so relaxed and satisfied when I visit this archaeological site. The atmosphere is calm and the landscape beautiful. The site dates back to 6th c. BC. I was hoping for more spring flowers like daisies and poppies around the temple, but I had to settle with the flowers in this photo!
After my stop at Panagia Damiotissa I continued to the church which was my goal for driving towards Moni village: Panagia Drossiani, a Byzantine church dated back late 6, early 7th centuries. It is considered to be the predominant church of this kind. This time I was not able to enter the church, but about 10 years ago I was inside, looking at the interesting very old paintings. For more details about the church, see Church of Panagia Drosiani – Naxos.
I made a little Advent travel today with local bus and train to visit Vandalorum in order to watch a couple of interesting exhibitions. The main reason was the exhibit of Janeric Johansson‘s art. Två years ago I saw his art in my home-town, and the style and interesting thoughts behind his art fascinates me. I suggest you have a look at his website!
På jobbet idag blev jag påmind om Grekland av en f.d. kollega som är hos oss som underkonsult ett tag. Jag är väl rätt känd under begreppet “Greklandsfantasten”, antar jag. Eftersom jag rest regelbundet till Grekland och framförallt de minst turistpåverkade öarna i Kykladerna och i någon mån Dodekaneserna under nästan tjugo år, så får man räkna med vissa epitet.
Bilden ovan tog jag cirka 9 timmar innan jag lämnade ön, och ett dygn senare var jag tillbaka i Skandinavien. Jag upplevde lite vemod och uppbrott, trots att jag försökte slappna av, njuta av min iskalla frappe vid strandkaféet, titta ut över havet och bara vara. På något sätt illustrerar bilden den känsla jag hade då av avsked, uppbrott och på väg någonstans. Vad får du för känsla av en bild som denna?
An ice cold frappe while I look out over the Aegean Sea.