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Aug 12, 2015 - Mad dogs and Englishmen.....

Off to Hora today - appointment with Kyria Pavlakis at the Municipal building to try to obtain family records. It seemed she hadn't pre prepared anything and J thought he would be in for a long wait. Not so! A short wait and she pointed out in Greek that old records are at the Kastro. She then certified about 10 documents and handed them over with a smile. "Evharisto" said J. Not sure what the docs are or if they are in fact relatives - that can wait until later. We met Vikki and Tom at the Fos Fanari cafe for coffee. Then were introduced...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Look! he's covering his melons!

Up earlier today as we have a visit planned. As we were getting ready, the iPad came to life and Katy,Andy, Henry and Georgy were on FaceTime . Henry's first comment was "grandad's a nudie rudie! - J was not wearing a shirt! We had a good chat. After a quick trip to the bank to get some money, we collected cousin Andreas who was waiting patiently outside the mini market in Hora. He had been to church earlier ( he was up at 5:30) and had some Greek cake for us that had been blessed by the Priest. We headed north to Kondolianika where we...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Paap, paap, paap

We awoke with no alarm at 8. Another nice day; big fluffy thunder clouds out to sea, but no rain here! Decided to spend some time in Mylopotamos today. We left about 10:30 and it only took 30 mins - the road in was narrow and we had to wait for oncoming traffic on a number of occasions. Through the town, and out a bit, we came upon a huge plot of nearly level land with a magnificent modern stone wall around it. It is either awaiting a new church, or someone's mansion! We found a proper car park and walked into town. It was busy and hot! We...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Growing Family

A quiet day after our late night at the wine festival. Up to Hora for a couple of photo opportunities from the water tank hill, and from the road to Felotis. Lots of volcanic rock all over the ground - very sharp and could do serious damage if you fell on it! J saw no vipers, but he was careful! We called at the supermarket to follow up a possible cousin of J - she will be there this evening. Talked with her Husband . Then we wandered about in Hora - very old and traditional town, narrow streets, alleyways and steps, with the odd arch...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Saturday morning in Carvounades

Well, there are some clouds in the sky today! tut tut..... Still hot though. We headed out at 10:30 , chatting with Yianni , and then a quick drive to Carvounades to meet George at the bakery. We sat at a table outside , mere mm from the busy main road. We sat with George and the local Priest and had coffee. George is related to J by marriage . George knows everyone - nearly every passing car, truck, and bike slowed or stopped for a few words. The word "Australian" featured often. Then, as each person arrived for bread, we were introduced,...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Mexican standoff in Mitata

At 6 we headed up to Mitata to attend the wine festival. Found the site in the town on the edge of steep cliffs overlooking a big valley with the sea beyond. We thought it was an all day event ( apparently was in previous years) but we were nearly the first punters to arrive! Anyway, we found a table and sat and watched things unfold as people gradually drifted in, the band did their sound check, and the wine barrels were filled from large plastic bottles (20 litre ?). We were all starving and soon we saw food trickling out - so J went and...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Rest day

Today was a rest day. Longe about, did some washing, and read. At 12 we wandered (J hobbled) down to the waterfront for lunch. Sitting overlooking the beach we had - Golly - on a diet C - beetroot and feta muffin and frappe J - tomato and feta toasted with mozzarella and prosciutto , plus frappe To wrap up we had yoghurt with caramelised peaches ( and they are nothing like canned peaches!) Ver tasty! C was unimpressed with J - complained his eyes were on stalks with all the girls on the beach. J replied that when you are travelling you...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Health food store in Livadi is popular!

Today was a bit cooler with strong breezes - much more pleasant. We headed north to Livadi - I suppose it is a business/rural centre and has quite a long main street and lots of cafes etc. we filled up with petrol and Lo and behold it was time for a drink and what better place than Rena's coffee and cake shop, specialising in Greek deserts such as crystallised mandarin dipped in chocolate, figs coated in chocolate, and the list goes on. I didn't need any, but J & C did! We sat outside with an iced cold Frappe and watched the world go by....

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Aug 5, 2015 - The Chameleon could not be found

Awake before 8 and hardly a sound outside - we assume late evenings lead to late morning starts! We headed out about 11 - saw Yianni and his mum for a chat. Yianni gave us our Crete ferry tickets that we had had delivered to him. Then up the windy road to Hora (the capital of Kythera and also officially called Kythera) we went into the town, round the Platia ( square) and parked in the narrow access road. A lady was just coming out of her doorway and seemed displeased so we made moves to move the car down a bit to make room. then she had a...

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Aug 5, 2015 - More food

We slept until after 6 as it was so hot. Then C went shopping for water ( most people drink bottled water, not sure if anything is wrong with tap water) and returned pooped . We walked down to the bay for tea, this time choosing a different establishment. Still with a view of the beach, the bay and beyond . J still got the evil eye from C as a bikini clad woman appeared from the sea in front of us. "Pure coincidence" said J! We chose Mousaka, calamari, fava, and eggplant salad, with half a litre of local white wine. We only left after the...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Sunset over the Kastro

Well we went down for a swim about 7:45. on the way we met another guest - from Sydney - and had a chat. She recommended the cruise to a nearby sea cave. We lazed in the water and watched the sun set over the castle (the Kastro). After a shower and change we went for tea at about 9. The first place didn't meet J's strict timing regime ( menu within 5 mins) so we all got up and left ( bit like old Flossie!!) The next place were on the ball - tablecloth, water and bread within about 2 mins. We had a non meat meal - garlic dip, zucchini...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Hitler seen in Carvounades!

Dinner last night was a mezethes affair down on the Kapsali waterfront. We were earlier than most- we arrived about 8:30 but most others ( many with little kids) didn't arrive until after 9! Unfortunately a lot of Greeks still smoke so you have to get used to smoke wafting about. We had a lengthy discussion with the waiter about the menu - he trying to convince us that mezethes wasn't a particular dish, but a type of dish, and we trying to ascertain how many mezethes should we order. Anyway we started ordering and he said stop when we got...

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