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Fun in Athens and Naxos! – ON TOUR Greece, The Islands, and Italy

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After a few incredible days in Nafplio, we were ready to head to Athens in the afternoon! After settling in, we went to dinner in the Palatka area which  surrounds the Acropolis. We had a Greek meal as a group, enjoying tzatziki, moussaka, and baklava as well as other delicious dishes.

naxos greece islands italy blog 4 photo 1The next morning, we were off to tour the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Some of the trip members said that this was their absolute favorite part of the trip so far, and loved being able to see the history they’d learned about in school come to life! The view from the top of the Acropolis was absolutely breathtaking, and made for some beautiful photos overlooking Athens. After this incredible tour and trek up the mountain, we spent the night exploring the Palatka area, which is filled with little shops. We saw handmade Greek clothing, shoes, and souvenirs galore; and many of us found some unique presents to bring home for our families!

After an exciting two days in Athens, we got ready to head to the island of Naxos. We boarded the ferry, relaxed, and looked at the incredible islands coming into view. Upon arrival, we headed to the hotel Astir, where we were greeted with open arms! We had a delicious lunch on the beach, including some of the most delicious smoothies we’d ever tasted, and then relaxed by the pool for the rest of the afternoon before going to dinner in the main area of Naxos.

naxos greece islands italy blog 4 photo 2As the sun rose, we went to one of the main beaches of Naxos, lounged there, and enjoyed some authentic gyros. In the afternoon, we split up into groups, where some went scuba diving and others went on a leisurely bike ride. Those that scuba dove explained how incredible it was, as they were able to feed some fish and some even touched an octopus! Those that rode bikes across the island thoroughly enjoyed their time and were in awe of the beautiful scenery all around them. After an exciting day, we were ready for a delicious meal, which included the fried cheese and endless seafood that Naxos is famous for. We then followed up our dinner with karaoke, and everyone performed in front of one another. The songs that were sung ranged from ‘American Boy’ by Kanye West to ‘Sk8r Boi’ by Avril Lavigne to a staff rendition of ‘Everybody’ by Backstreet Boys.

We woke up the next day ready for another incredible adventure in Naxos. We started the morning off by attending a cooking demonstration, where we learned how to prepare tzatziki, stuffed peppers and Greek salad. We then got to taste test all the Greek delicacies which was amazing! The food kept our stomachs full the rest of the day as we headed back to the beach and spent some time in the water. Some of us even chose to go scuba diving. Later, we headed back to the main town for a delicious group dinner and continued to explore the beautiful island of Naxos.

This morning, we’re up and ready to head to the beautiful island of Santorini by ferry. We can’t believe that there are only a few days left of our incredible trip!  We’ll send another update when we’re back in Athens to say goodbye!

Until Next Time,

The Westcoast Blogger

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