Staying out of the city - in Lygaria Bay.
10.06.2013 - 10.06.2013 30 °C
Time to move on and head back west to Heraklion. We had a quick walk into the town and found a barber for an overdue haircut for Red. Then did some shopping for provisions for the remainder of our stay in Crete.
After spreading ourselves out in our apartment we once again managed to consolidate, packed our bags and took them downstairs (one at a time) in the tiny lift. We were chatting to Costas - he had told us that he would play us a song on his piano accordion, and this hadn't happened yet. He was hoping that Maria would get back before we left because they sing a special song together. He sang and played "Never On A Sunday" (in Greek of course) which was really special. I recorded it on my phone. Maria did get back in time and the two of them sang this special song with the piano accordion accompanying them. Then, one of their friends arrived in the Reception area of the building - she walked in the door and immediately started singing along with them. She is a member of a choir and her voice was lovely. I was recording this song also, so I just panned around to the door and recorded her as well. It was a very special time for us - a lovely way to be saying goodbye to these wonderful people. If we do come back to Agios Nikolaus it will be in the main because of Costas and Maria.
Mantraki Apartments have won numerous awards in the past and this year they were awarded No.1 in their class of accommodation for Agios Nikolaus by Trip Advisor. It doesn't get much better than that. Costas told us that they knew they couldn't compare to 5 star hotels - so they've kept it basic and just given good old fashioned family hospitality.
We said goodbye to everyone and drove through the centre of Agios Nikolaus without too much trouble. We drove back the way we came 2 days ago and arrived at our new digs in Lygaria Bay - just around the coast a bit from Heraklion.
Heraklion we've been told - is a big city - like a mini Athens, so we probably won't venture in to the town on this trip. We skirted around the city, along the coast and found our way here. We have a lovely view of the bay - we're up quite high and it's very steep. The car is parked in the carpark on a sideways incline. You open up the car door and almost fall out of the car!
We were met by Liza - the owner of the establishment - a gorgeous, friendly lady. She invited us to sit down in the outdoor dining area and offered us some cold water and cake. It's a magic day today, it was really pleasant just sitting there on the side of the hill. We met a couple from Holland who had just arrived as well. This is their second visit here to these apartments, so that was a good sign for us that we're on a winner.
Liza directed us to our apartment - really lovely, spacious - and damn hard beds!! So help me! What I would do to sleep in a comfy bed! We unpacked a bit and just vegged out for a few hours - sorting photos and catching up on the blog.
At about 8pm (still broad daylight) we ventured on foot down the winding road to the small beach on Lygaria Bay and checked out the little restaurants that line the beach. It is sad to see the concrete shells of homes that were started but not completed - we assume because of the Greek financial crisis. There are amazing caves and rock formations around here - some a pale green colour. I must find out just what they are.
We walked back up the hill to our apartment and even though we only have a little portable hotplate in our kitchen, we were able to cook a really nice pizza for dinner. We sat out on our balcony and had dinner with some really nice Greek Chardonnay - looking out over the beautiful lights of this little bay. The night is still and balmy - perfect.
Now to the sleeping arrangements! The lounge is actually quite comfortable (albeit skinny). It's too short for Red to sleep on, but okay for me if I don't stretch my legs out completely. It's a divan, and we had checked out the foam mattress - but that was a no go (only about 2 inches thick). So, I slept on the lounge and Red toughed it out in the bed!