1048 – Thursday 19th April: Munchkin Arrives
We set off for Iraklio at 8.30, what an early start for us. The hire car process was extremely simple … hand over EUR30, no hard sell or any sell for additional insurances and no walk around to note dents and scratches. I didn’t worry about additional insurance as we have an annual hire car policy. For that we had a 4 door Nissan Micra 52,000km on clock and suspension on the way out … but perfect for a day for us.
Being in a car, I was able to park in the airport carpark, see James to Departures (he was off back to Blighty for 2 nights) on the plane that brought Maddy Munchkin out to me. We stopped for a late lunch in Sives, and then had and ice cream in Kalamaki, making good use of the car. We deposited the car and ate again in the town. This was a recommendation by one of the cave men, Jeremy, we’d met … he offered us a tour of his cave, but it felt a bit voyeuristic … anyway, the restaurant was un-prepossesing, but the food super.
1049 – Friday 20th April: A Beach Day
Being a working girl, Maddy wanted a beach day … so we did. Jeremy came to find us on the campsite and volunteered to join us for supper … we went back to the same place. And I paid 🤨
1050 – Saturday 21st April: James Returns
We had planned another beach day, but the wind was up. Seriously up, every time we went near the beach, we were shot blasted, making it very uncomfortable. We tidied up and left our free campsite in Matala. With time on our hands we went to a ‘fake’ Cretan village which was really a hotel and then up to a small seaside village for coffees … not up to much. Maddy had said she would like to stand in an olive grove … anyone that knows Crete, or Greece will know the landscape is predominantly olive groves! I chucked and pointed out a few olive trees! As J’s flight was due after 11.00 p.m., we headed out to supper. Took a recommendation from a pharmacist and it was really good … Maddy raved about the pork belly.
1051-1052 – Sunday 22nd to Monday 23rd April: Chania/Hania
We had forgotten how the Greeks really do got out en famille en masse on Sunday … no chance of getting parked in Hania, so we headed for a campsite just west of the town, by a couple of sandy beaches. The afternoon saw us basking again!
If you are ever in Crete, avoid Camping Hania! It was built in the days of small tents only, so they planted lots of low olive trees for shade. Great in principle, but hopeless for getting caravans or motorhomes in. A few smaller vehicles managed to swing into a couple of pitches, but no way could we. So we ended up parked up on the central road. One water point only, right by the reception which meant we blocked the entrance. And don’t expect a good night’s sleep … not one, but at least two cockerels from about 4.00 a.m. I was not happy to pay EUR36 for the 3 of us per night anyway … and certainly not with rubbish sleep. Decision to leave … We had to reverse all the way out :(, brushing the olive branches. The owner was somewhat elderly … as I followed him into the reception to pay, he let rip a minor parp …. surely not? Yes, it was as it was followed by a major long one! He couldn’t get the card machine to work either!
We parked up by one of the beaches and slept, dozed … late p.m. M showered and we headed into Hania. Our first choice carpark was unobtainable as two cars had had an ‘incident’ and were not moving their cars, as I guess they were waiting for the police. We re-routed to choice number 2, but one of the access roads looked a little narrow, so choice Number 3 … a fee paying carpark, which was perfect, as no crowing cockerels overnight and walking distance into the old town and harbour.
Hania definitely has the wow factor. Pretty narrow streets, a massive waterfront with restaurants and a harbour. We had coffee, wine and supper … oooh and a super ice cream. Seems strange to have a pizza on the last night in Crete, but that’s what M and J both wanted, and it was yummy, as was my chicken soup.
Maddy seems to think that Corrie is hers!! She became known as the accessory dog when M was wearing black and white.
And no, she does NOT look like me … M takes after her father.
1053 – Tuesday 24th: All Aboard
Maddy caught her lunchtime flight back to Gatwick and we headed for the beach (again) for dog walking and demanding the van. Our overnight Anek ferry left at 9.20 p.m. and the dogs got to poop in the poop deck again. Comfortable beds and a good strong and hot shower in our cabin. But all too early up, as it arrived at 6.00 a.m.
1054 – Wednesday 25th: Birthday 1 and Rear Air Suspension
Happy Birthday Maddy Munchkin. I am no longer the mother of a teen!
Off the ferry and into West Athens … back to Adria Athens to fit the rear air suspension … their second attempt … but we’ve booked the ferry from Patras to Ancona for Friday afternoon, just in case!
*** There is change of plan, cutting short this extended trip. James needs to be back in the UK for tests and treatment. We will keep blogging our trip home and when we do anything of interest whilst in the UK.