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Heraklion

There is nothing like Cretan hospitality.

sunny 25 °C
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The wind picked up throughout the night, and although it's sunny today it is still quite windy and about 10 degrees cooler. A quiet day for us today - in readiness for our huge travel day tomorrow.
We had another leisurely breakfast this morning - and now half the day has cruised by without us even realising it. I've been sitting here on the balcony - happily tapping away at this journal - and looking out over this glorious little bay. Oh - I hope I never forget it.
We spent the afternoon doing this and that. It was great to just potter around - like we would at home on the weekend. Red borrowed a bucket from Lisa (apparently it's called a "kuva"), and washed our hire car - which had changed colour from black to dirt brown. We walked down the hill once more into the little village of Lygaria and chose the "Lygaria Taverna" to have dinner. The old gentleman who owns the Taverna served us - he must have been close to 80. What a lovely man - he has owned the place for 37 years. It must have done okay over that time because he's been able to put both of his sons through university. One is a doctor, the other one lives in Sydney and is a Professor of Languages.
We had a beautiful meal right there on the beach. At the end of dinner the gentleman brought out complimentary melon and a Limoncello each to finish the meal properly. We shook his hand and said goodbye - and then ventured up the dreaded hill to our apartment.
We paid our accommodation bill and thanked Lisa for her wonderful hospitality during our stay. The three places that we have stayed at in Crete have been outstanding. All the hosts have been brilliant - the only down side to each of the three apartments has been the hard beds. If you read up on reviews of accommodation in Greece in general - it's a common complaint.
Lisa also gave us a bottle of Raki to take home - such a lovely, bubbly, sweet lady.
Back up to our apartment to pack up and an early night - we have to be up at a very unreasonable hour tomorrow morning.
Crete? We are coming back!
Making the most of our balcony.

Making the most of our balcony.

Lygaria Bay - one of many towns dotted along the coast near Heraklion. Concrete shells of would be homes are visible.

Lygaria Bay - one of many towns dotted along the coast near Heraklion. Concrete shells of would be homes are visible.

Interesting and dangerous looking rock formations on the side of the mountain at Lygaria Bay.

Interesting and dangerous looking rock formations on the side of the mountain at Lygaria Bay.

Our view while dining - right on the beach. It was 7pm.

Our view while dining - right on the beach. It was 7pm.

Peaceful Lygaria Bay - Heraklion. Our apartment complex is roughly one third in from the right - on the very top.

Peaceful Lygaria Bay - Heraklion. Our apartment complex is roughly one third in from the right - on the very top.

Small and charming church - Lygaria Bay.

Small and charming church - Lygaria Bay.

The steep driveway down to sea level - from our apartment.

The steep driveway down to sea level - from our apartment.

Overlooking Lygaria Bay at night - complete with crescent moon.

Overlooking Lygaria Bay at night - complete with crescent moon.

Posted by Gibbo54 12:38 Archived in Greece

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