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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...Jump to full entry
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,...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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....Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Aug 3, 2015 - Round and round the Mulberry bush....
Today we went to Kythera. We slept until 8 then breakfasted - the usual - fruit and yoghurt ( so thick a spoon will stand up in it), omelette , salami, cheese, bread, pastries....... We went to a Pharmacy to get some Heavy duty pain relief for J's foot then to the flea market to get J a Mythos tee shirt ( he might not be allowed to drink it but at least he can advertise it!). Then reluctantly back to the hotel to finish packing. We had a long chat to the owner of 31 yrs - very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the Hotel Attalos -...Jump to full entry
Aug 2, 2015 - She said it again!!
Just to finish of Saturday's events, and appease the food obsessives, for tea we went to Psiri , an area about 10 mins limp from the hotel. Down some dingy, graffiti clad laneways and we reached a small "square" with lots of cafes, bars and tavernas. We chose the recommended Taverna tou Psiri. We were seated right on the edge of the footpath so cars an bikes frequently crept past, along with waves of locals and tourists looking for food. We decided to take up the offer to go to the kitchen to select our food - and chose Pastisiou , spinach...Jump to full entry
Aug 1, 2015 - Culture in the cool
forecast hot so we decided to go somewhere cool! The Benaki Museum has a very good reputation so we chose that. After breakfast in the breakfast room ( the usual selection we remember, including the thickest Greek yoghurt, plus omelette, pastries, halva, and a lovely sweet melon) we went outside and flagged down a taxi. You guessed it, the driver didn't speak English, didn't know where the museum was and of course couldn't understand J's feeble attempts at Greek. But off we went, and first stop was the War Museum - the driver looked at J...Jump to full entry
Jul 31, 2015 - The Raki is very polite here in Athens
a reasonable nights sleep in Dubai set us up for the final leg to Athens. A hotel porter helped us with our bags and took us to our boarding gate ( about 20 mins walk and train!) Then on to a bus and about a 67km drive(felt like it!) to our waiting aircraft. We took off late and arrived a little late into Athens. It was good to be able to see where we were flying. Carefully flying around Iraq and keeping well away from Syria, we flew across Saudi Arabia, across the Gulf of Aquabar and the Red Sea. Then over Cairo where we had a clear view...Jump to full entry