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Rise and shine at 08:30, take only our money and go to rent a car. Mikes Bikes is a friend of Kalamies and we’re taking a look there first. They have a Fiat Seicento available for today at 20 Euro. We take it and within 15 minutes we take the car back to the pension. There we make sure we have everything with us for snorkeling and to visit monasteries. At 10:00 we go. Our first stop is the gas station (the man was too late to stop at 10 Euro, coincidence?). We’re on the big road to the south already, so we’re going to follow it. We drive along Glinado and Belonia Tower. There we have a nice view on Chora, the capital of Naxos. Then we have some difficulties with finding our way with the bad quality of the map – what’s new? – and finally arrive at Naos Dimitras: a ruin of an ancient temple, on a location with a great view on the fields and the mountain of Zeus. Then we take the road to Filoti, buy in a supermarket something to eat for breakfast and for lunch and we have our pick nick near the village. Little time before lunch we move on and drive to Apiranthos. This village has a short visit, for the other villages we don’t take the time. In Apiranthos we hold and walk through, because according to Trotter this is the most beautiful of Naxos. And indeed it is very beautiful. It’s not the prettiest of all Cyclades, but it is one of the most typical. The Greek people walk slowly through the alleys or sit down at a table with a Greek coffee or frappe. Magnificent. Then the road leads us on to Keramoti, then to Koronos, Skado, Mesi to Apollonas. The roads are in good condition; from time to time we meet goats and donkeys grazing along the side of the road. The best are the views on the island: now you drive through fertile valleys, the next moment there are mountainsides with all yellow broom, fig trees, a lot of green slopes and then coming from a turn, you suddenly see only rocks and mountain, without anything growing on it. On the road to Apollonas there are also some beautiful bays, but it’s still too early to snorkel. In Appollonas we go and see the unfinished kouros (still lying between the rocks) and then go to the village itself. Beautiful location. We go sit at tavern Apollo and drink 2 ouzo, eat 1 melanouri and drink a lot of water. We enjoy the sea, the food and drinks and leave back to Chora at 14:30. The drive goes through rough landscapes, green valleys and blue bays. We drive all the way to Chora and then take the time for a siesta. Timo writes the diary and Eef sleeps a bit. On the balcony it’s still hot, very hot. We can’t complain about that, the weather has been great. Later that afternoon we take the car and drive to Agia Anna. According to the Swedish woman on Antiparos (snorkeling, diving), this is a beautiful village. It’s only 7 kilometers, so we arrive there fast. Small village, small harbor, small beach. Everything is small and very beautiful. We drink 2 frappe and enjoy the sunset. At 20:00 we’re back in Chora, deliver the car back to the renting office and go to eat. A first class restaurant in town on a cozy square. Beautiful location, very good food. Eef has shrimps saganaki and Timo has lamb with vegetables and yoghurt and cheese. Both of the dishes were at their best. We walk around through the streets and return to Kalamies at 22:00. Watch some TV and go to sleep at 23:00

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