37:06.27N 25:22.457E Naxos marina
3rd June, 2021.
We left Paros and the beautiful bay for Naxos. Trisha and Clive were already there as the weather forecast was showing strong winds from the Friday until Sunday so best to be safe if possible. Brian and Mari left first and we soon followed. It was only 8.86 km across from one island to another and only took us an hour and half. The day before Naxos marina had been full but we were lucky mostly everyone had left. No lazy line available but a lovely piece of wall in the corner behind a twin mast boat which appears perhaps has been there a while. With the fender socks up, the beautiful cover to protect Ariel in place and the wooden board against the wall and three very safe lines we were very happy. No one wanted to come anywhere near us as they had to drop their anchor at a funny angle and motor back onto the finger quay.
Unfortunately, Nicos the old harbour master has now retired and no one seems to be running the marina. We kept looking into the harbour box where Nicos was always stationed but no one appeared. The lazy lines are either broken or non-existent. It was lovely just to step off Ariel onto concrete I must say.
We all met up for a dinner overlooking the harbour and watched a fabulous sunset over the water before walking through the back streets of little shops. So sad to see that very few have opened and we were mostly on our own where as it is usually so busy you sometimes have to wait for people to pass you.
The next day Jim and I went for a wonderful walk on our own further up into the old town but couldn’t enter the castle as it is still shut. We booked a car for the next day so we can see more of the island.
Again the sunset was fabulous although our daughter sent hers from Yorkshire and it was so red and covered the sky. If the sunset could kill the Covid virus there wouldn’t be any in West Yorkshire.