A Day at the Beach

July 10, 2018 - Náxos, Greece

(Because I am lagging behind with this Journal, I left the wrong date on yeaterday's entry - it should have been the 9th July of course.)

Breakfast is served in a separate dining room with indoor or outdoor tables beside the pool. It is buffet with plenty to choose from, althought the only hot choice is scrambled egg which is very good. No toast, but lovely crusty bread.

Today was our beach day, so we made our way down the rather sandy tracks to St George's Beach where we had a choice of beachside cafes each offering sun lounges wih umbrellas for hire. We chose the Trata and paid our 5 euros each for a sun lounge for the day. It was about 9.30 and although there was a breeze, it was already quite hot, and the sea was gorgeous - glassy green with only a few gently waves which made their way to the shore each time a ferry crossed the bay in the distance. We all had our kindles except David (a book) and Lucie (her iPhone).

So we just settled in for the day. Had iced coffee and water brought to the little tables between our sun lounges, strolled in and out of the water, read. Sarah and Lucie eventually went exploring and while they were away we ordered lunch - sandwiches for Sue, Jackie and me, and Souvlaki with lovely fries (which he shared with me) for David.  More swimming and reading. We made sure we kept in the shade of our umbrellas and hats as best we could, but we were amazed at how many people just lay in the sun, unmoving, for hours. Literally. We may have seen one or two sunhats altogether, and no rashies. Even the children were unprotected, except perhaps for sunscreen.

By the time Sarah and Lucie came back, we were ready to return to the hotel, except for Sarah who decided to stay on at the beach. She had earned her 'time out'. We had a bit of a rest then, after collecting Sarah from the beach, we set off for a prearranged walk to the partially restored Portara( or Gateway) on an islet joined to the town by a causeway, and a real identifying feature of Naxos. It was  built, probably as the entry to a Temple to Apollo, in the 6th Century BC but the Temple itself was never completed. What there was, was converted to a Christian Church in the 5th or 6th Century AD, then progressively destroyed by waves of invaders. Apparently the Gateway remains only because the four huge blocks of marble from which it was built, each weighing about 20 tons, were too heavy to be carried away. One can only wonder, then, how they were carried there in the first place.

We were a bit early for the sunset, which is the prescribed time for tourists to take photos of the Gateway, but we strolled down to the promenade and chose one of the many waterfront restaurants for dinner. Sarah and I had another Citron but this time it was clear, like gin, which made it look more inviting than her first lime-green one. I had a moussaka served in a dish shaped like an aubergine. We watched the sun drop over the horizon at about 8.30.

As we walked back to the hotel in the dusk, we noticed that every restaurant had a large TV screen showing the FIFA semi final between France and Belgium. David and Jackie, who are the most passionate followers, were able to keep an eye on the score as they passed each screen along the route home, and see the end on the screens on our rooms.

I have to confess that I went to sleep too soon to share the ultimate excitement and had to ask in the morning who won.


1 Comment

Max:
July 13, 2018
Grr. Scrambled egg without toast, definitely my pet peeve.
What, was there football somewhere. Oh, that's right, Queensland won the third of the State of Origin matches but NSW won the series.

But all joking aside it sounds like a lovely relaxing time.

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