Plaka Beach and a Sunset Piano Recital in the Kastro

What’s wrong with us!  This our second beach day in a row!  Well – when on Naxos you have to take advantage of one of it’s best assets which is its long stretches of white sand beaches.  Today we decide to go to Plaka – lets see if it’s the same as I remember it from 20 odd years ago!

The bus takes us past the airport which is surrounded by salt flats.  Not sure I fancy landing on that runway!

This evening we have a delicious meal in Apostilles.  Greek salad, roast lamband lamb ragout  with a nice white wine finished off with some delicious psimeni raki.  A bouzouki player adds extra atmosphere.
We had seen posters for a piano recital with Viktorya Belskaya at the Kastro and had mentioned this to Marco.  We were thrilled when he was able to get us front row seats for the price of the back row seats at 15€ each.
This is an amazing location for the concert.  A low wall lined with basil plants overlooks the portara and the evening sky.  As dusk falls the Kastro becomes its most atmospheric.
The concert is introduced by a handsome moustachioed gentleman who starts by rustling the basil plants sending wafts of scent across the room.  The wind has picked up, and he tells us that the god of the winds either angry or drunk.  He tells us that in the intermission there will be complimentary drinks and we are not restricted to one drink and that if anyone is driving not to worry – he is very good friends with the police!
The concert is wonderful.  Victorya is a very talented pianist and composer and set against the backdrop of the Kastro makes it extra special.  A truly memorable evening.  If you get the chance to see an event there do take up the opportunity.

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