Photo Gallery

If you've seen Zorba the Greek, (...and I will, having learned from my new friend Alexis that I've carried on "the whole calamity") you might be pleased to learn that the author Nikos Kazantzakis taught here for 12 years before returning to his native Crete.  It is the largest of the Cycladic islands and has had its fair share of sackings by Venetians, Turks and then more recently the Greeks in 1832.  Olive groves, figs, vines and market gardens make up the tapestry of the landscape...with a smattering of 1st world heavy industry.


Naxos has a truly amazing Museum.

It is up a long series of stairs, through a number of narrow, and then not so narrow passageways and archways, and takes one past a number of surprisingly interesting ....doors.

Naxos in Patina

Like Cape Ann, and a great deal of the Northeast, there was not a great deal there in the not so recent past....the difference is how we New Englanders and the Greeks define their "not so recent past...". A photo showing very little development and a fort-oriented village on a "small hummock" remind me of Gloucester, MA at the turn of the century in its isolation from the countryside. What seems to define the Greek architecture is their historic geographic position to "civilization" and the maze-like fortification of the towns.

Window Ports

And Doors

And doorways

and double doors

inset doors,

and ancient doorways

Getting in looks as easy as knocking on the door

after one has found it

As you might have noticed the Greeks love their doors and their understand that both Deb and I are professors...

A new heavy marble "something" for the Museum

The Museum is at the top of the hill....

Delphinus across the harbor at the dock.

Another church

Local fisherman, a vestige of the past alongside the present day tourist economy

And more stray cats on vines. I don't know many good Greek wines. Was Baccus terminally hung over? I'm sure my friend Alexis would know....