We finally left the dock in Naxos Town after thoroughly enjoying our 9-day stay there. This is our favorite marina or town dock in Greece. Just love this little place and really like the manager, Nickolas. Love the little town and all the convenience of everything being so close together. We will miss Naxos. When shop clerks and waiters recognize us on the street, it is time to move on.
|Paros -- NW anchorage. Another blue dome!|
Next up was an anchorage on the northern tip of Paros island, just west of Naxos island. This was only a short 10 NM, sailing tightly on the wind for just over an hour and motoring the last 3 miles directly into the building westerly wind. We were looking for a place to hide out from rising westerly winds for a couple of days. This anchorage at 37.08.622N 025.13.698E was the perfect place. A beautiful secluded anchorage with scenic views all around.
|A half-sunken boat at Paros|
And only 2 boats there, including us! Only distraction were the thousands of flies! We put up the screens and pretty much stayed inside the boat. It was too cool in the cockpit in the wind anyway. Gave us plenty of time to catch up on our reading.
|Blue domed church and 1 of 4 pocket beaches at Paros|
Surprised me one sunny day to see people arriving at the several small pocket beaches that line this large bay tucked up in the northwest tip of another VERY large bay. These folks were actually getting into the water! Bill and I were wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts while staying inside our boat out of the cold wind and those people were swimming in that cold water! As the day warmed with the sun I sat in the cockpit shielded from the wind by the dodger and enjoyed reading a trashette...a book that requires no thought, where the author writes in a formula manner that guarantees good sales to people who do not want to think. A trashette is the perfect book to while away a beautiful afternoon watching the scenery while at anchor. Couples were hiking round the hills surrounding the bay. Most would soon find their spots in the rocks near the water and shed their clothing to lie on towels and soak up the warm rays of sun. If one were out of the wind then the temperature was lovely. In the wind, it was still cold; at least in our opinions. Lying nude on a large hot rock appears to be a favorite past-time here.
|Kithnos anchorage north side of beach|
|Isthmus beach at Kithnos anchorage|
We dropped anchor at 37.24.895N 024.22.605E at 15:00 and spent the next 4 hours admiring the beach and surroundings. Very idyllic place. This was our fifth time to visit this isthmus beach anchorage. And this time it was not crowded with motor boats out of Athens area. This is a very popular weekend destination but the season has not yet started. Nice!
|South side of isthmus beach at Kithnos anchorage|
|Temple of Poseidon at Sounion|
Built 444 B.C.
|Looks like they are building a|
walkway up to the temple
|Chapel Cove anchorage in large Anavissou bay|
|Tiny chapel on the hill. Hence the|
name Chapel Cove
|Town behind us at Chapel Cove anchorage. Do not know|
name of this community. Lots of permanent moorings here.
|Our paper planning chart. Black line shows where we have sailed so far since departing Fethiye. |
About 1/3 of the way to Dubrovnik now. The line straight down was the ferry trip from Naxos to Santorini.