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Seeking the shade

Seeking the shade at a cafe

Section: Holidays | Posted: July 2, 2015

If there is anything my skin cannot handle, it is too much sun. The problem is, I love being in warm sunny places. Consequently, I have had some really rough times on many trips where there is harsh sunlight.

Naxos in summer is no exception, in fact nowhere in North Africa or the eastern Mediterranean is forgiving so sun-block and my ridiculously large sombrero are my constant companions.

One thing I have found however on all Cycladic islands, with the exception of Naxos, is that none have trees and the compensate with closely built houses on narrow, often shaded streets. Some really picturesque villages have provided shade with flowers on their balconies and other have some supersized plane trees that must be hundreds of years old. Respite from the heat and sun under a massive plane tree is a soothing experience to say the least. Coupled with a soft drink, or watered down ouzo and ice is pleasant. If you don’t like either, the cool spring water in some villages is exquisitely cooling.

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