Tuesday, September 25, 2007
TOURING AROUND NAXOS
There are some abandoned villages on Naxos. Many were abandoned due to pirate raids. The tour guide explained that children of Turkish/Greek parentage were neither accepted as Muslim or Orthodox and a great many of them turned to piracy. On my earlier trips to Naxos I got caught up in this feeling of 'abandonment', also relating it to Ariadne having been abandoned by Theseus on this island. This time I didn't have quite the same feeling as there seems to be more activity in these remote villages, although we were told that the young people are are leaving for the city so in fact, soon they might become 'abandoned'.
This one is dated to the 7th century BC. It's 10.5 meters in length and who know how much tonnage?
Naxos is one of those islands I know I'll return to several times. There's lots to see and do there besides lying around the beach. It's an agriculturally rich island famous for it's potato crops, vineyards, olive groves, figs and citrus. Only on Naxos do they make the liquer called "Kitron" from the leaves of a tree much like a lemon tree which was first introduced to the Mediterranean in about 300 BC. The ancient Greeks called it the Median apple, and apparantly it was Alexander the Great who first sent it back to Greece, no doubt along with other botanical treasures he'd sent his old teacher Aristotle.