Tasos was very patient with Den's picture taking and gave us many photo opportunities ~ we saw tiny Greek churches over 1500 years old, marble slabs being hand cut by artisans, and a little pottery shop almost hidden off the side of the road. We tasted the traditional liqueur of Naxos, Citron, after watching it being distilled in the same way it's been done in the last 100 years. We drove through little villages which look like they are suspended in mid air, placed by the hand of God between steep horizontal valleys. The roads are carved out of the mountainside and the hairpin turns made us very happy to be in the back seat and not up front trying to navigate the picturesque but threatening terrain.
Tasos also gave us background information on a lot of the Greek mythology that was relevant to our tour and pointed out many little details we would have missed if going by ourselves. He also called his brother-in-law to arrange our lunch and to make sure they would prepare the traditional Greek dish of Yiachnada ahead for us ~ it is a pork (or lamb) dish make with potatoes and marinated with onion, olive oil and spices. They then add tomato sauce and water until it's cooked and melting in your mouth. This feast was precedeed by home made tzatziki, a hard, crumbling Greek cheese and the freshest Greek salad with the biggest piece of feta I've ever seen. Home made bread and wine completed our Greek celebration.
Tasos then took us home by way of Apollonas, a small sea side town on the north side of Naxos and then by the road that runs alongside the coast. The beauty of the scenery was only surpassed by the sun setting over the Agean sea and creating a sparkling oasis that we will remember for a very long time.
|our wonderful guide Tasos|
|the inside of a tiny Orthodox Church|
|Naxos town way down below|
|a marble artisan at work|
|huge saws cutting the marble|
|temple of dimitra|
|Citron Distillery in Halki|
|1500 year old church high in the mountains|
|this one is almost right in heaven!|
|unbelievable views everywhere we looked|
|old & new ~ the sign on the way says Free Wifi!|
|these villages are built right into the mountains|
|me, Tasos and Maria, who cooked our wonderful lunch|
|let the feasting begin!|
|Portion for 1|
|little sea side town of Apollonas|
|the fallen statue of Dionysus|