Today we traversed the island of Crete.
08.06.2013 - 08.06.2013 34 °C
Today we are travelling from Chania in the west of Crete to Agios Nikolaus (pronounced Agyoose Nikolowse) in the east - about 160 kms. We packed up all our gear and took it downstairs in a couple of trips. I really don't like the second set of stairs in our apartment building. They are wooden, steep, curved - and I swear they move when you walk up them. I am relieved that neither of us took a tumble during our 4 days here.
We said goodbye to lovely Silvia - she is such a sweetie. She's run Silde Apartments in Chania for 25 years - she made us feel very special, nothing was too much trouble.
We said farewell to Chania at 10.30am - and took off the same way as yesterday - on to the New National Road. We passed by Rethymno and made a stop at a little cafe on the side of a hill/mountain with a view over a little town called Bali. We've finally been to Bali. It was so nice to make this unexpected stop - with a beautiful view over this little town. I was feeling tired and didn't want to put our safety at risk by carrying on any further. So a coffee and chocolate wafer later - I felt heaps better (caffeine and sugar did the trick). Red took over driving from here though.
The scenery was just outstanding - the sea was so blue you would have thought that it was photoshopped. We decided to make a stop just out of Heraklion - where we're staying in a few days - just to check out where the place is. We've heard that it's hard to find. We'll be staying on the side of a little bay about 15 kms out of the town. It's stunning - we've got that to look forward to!
Back on the main road and right past Heraklion, and in to Agios Nikolaus at around 2.30pm. Picturesque - a perfect word for this place. We found a public parking area - 3 euros per day. Then we asked directions to our accommodation here. Luckily we weren't too far away. We lugged about two thirds of our gear up a steep street and in the front door of our apartment building. We were met by the wife of this family business. Maria introduced herself, then one of her daughters, followed by her husband Costas. They invited us to sit down in the lounge area, offered us a cold drink - I had cinnamon, Red had cherry - beautiful. That was followed by home made biscuits. Later, out came fresh strawberries. We sat talking with them for over 2 hours. They are a very interesting couple. Maria is an architect - she designed the apartment building, and Costas is a naval architect. One daughter is a school teacher, the other one is also an architect living in Athens. She unfortunately has been out of work for 3 years. Maria and Costas are semi-retired and now just run the apartment booking business.
We were able to move our car from the parking area down the road to out the back of the apartment block - much better. Finally got up to our room and pottered around for a couple of hours. We took a walk to the local supermarket and stocked up on some provisions. Then we got changed and walked in to the main part of town looking for a restaurant that Costas had recommended. We finally found it with the help of some kind locals. It was right on the water - a beautiful warm night - sitting outside - with numerous cats roaming around. The meal was lovely. Full as bulls - we waddled into the heart of Agios Nikolaus and took tome night photos of the little lake area and bridge. This area is famous for it's little fishing boats and many are moored right in the centre of the town. Back to our apartment and called it a day at around 11pm.